Arrests Made in Fatal Robbery Attempt

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen announced the arrest of six individuals in connection to an attempted robbery and homicide at Sylvia’s Grocery at 18441 Hwy. 231 in Fountain.

Thursday night, November 13, 2008, the owner of Sylvia’s Grocery, 47-year-old Vishnukumar "Vish" Patel was found shot behind the store. BCSO deputies and investigators responded.

Patel was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe the incident began as an attempted robbery in which Mr. Patel struggled, and as a result, was shot and killed.

Security video at the grocery store captured the image of a subject wearing a hooded sweatshirt coming out of the darkness, headed behind the store, and then reappearing, running away.

The man captured on camera matched the description of a subject that witnesses at the store at the time of the murder described to investigators.

Information developed during the investigation led investigators to Nicholas Tyrone Lee of Altha, Florida.

Lee was also a suspect in a recent burglary in Calhoun County in which several firearms had been stolen. Contact was made with Calhoun County Sheriff David Tatum who assisted in the investigation.

At about 2:30 a.m. BCSO and CCSO investigators went to a residence on Hwy 274 in Calhoun County and found Lee and Amy Beth Cucco.

Statements gathered during the investigation revealed that Cucco and Lee had stated prior to the murder that they intended to rob Patel. Upon questioning, Lee and Cucco admitted to their involvement in the murder.

They also revealed that Joshua Robert Sourbeck, also of Altha, had driven them to Sylvia’s Grocery where they had attempted to rob Patel, and then shot him after he struggled.


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  • by serena Location: palm beach on Apr 10, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    The father is no saint either. He is a piece of crap and a thief with an extensive criminal record as well. He took his kids and gave them to his mommy, There his kids -- what makes him so great for taking them. None of these people are any good. Trash all of them. Amy's parents are criminals and drug addicts too. She did not rob Vish for "the kids" -- she wanted drug money. I hope they all rot in hell.
  • by lisa Location: bay county on Dec 1, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    in my opipion this lady is a peice of shit to leave her kids with there dad was prolly the best thinf for then it takes a good man to just up and take 4kids... he must be a very good man... i wish him and his family the best of luck... god bless..
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