A 44 year old man has been arrested following the murder of shopkeeper Ravi Katharkamar, stabbed to death early on Sunday morning.
Dad of two Mr Katharkamar, 54 was knifed in the chest and his till stolen at around 6am in Pinner north London.
The shopkeeper had moved from Holland and taken over the shop only about eight months ago.
The arrested man is in custody in London. It is believed the attacker fled the scene in a black Vauxhall Astra.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe from the Homicide and Major Crime Command leads the investigation said: ‘This was a vicious and unwarranted attack on a completely innocent man.
“Ravi’s attacker got away with a few pounds worth of coins, but he leaves behind a family utterly devastated and a close-knit community asking who could do such a thing.
“The attacker fled with a shop till – have you found this discarded or seen someone in possession of a shop till who wouldn’t normally have one?
“Do you know someone trying to use lots of loose change since Sunday morning?
“I am also keen to hear from anyone who has information about a black Vauxhall Astra that the attacker used to drive away from the scene.
“This was parked in Cecil Park prior to the murder and was drive off at speed, south down Cecil Park immediately after the attack.
“If you saw this car, or have seen a black Vauxhall Astra abandoned, please contact my team.”
Officers remain in the area and are available should residents have concerns or information they wish to pass on.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering 54-year-old Ravi Katharkamar.
“The 44-year-old man was arrested in Harrow borough on Wednesday, 27 March. He has been taken to a London police station where he remains in custody.
“A murder investigation was launched after police were called to a newsagent in Marsh Road, Pinner at approximately 06:00hrs on Sunday, 24 March.
“A passer-by had found 54-year-old Ravi Katharkamar collapsed inside the shop suffering from stab injuries.
“London Ambulance Service also attended but Mr Katharkamar was pronounced dead at the scene at 06:46hrs.
“Formal identification took place following a post-mortem examination on 25 March at Northwick Park Mortuary.
“The cause of death was confirmed as a stab wound to the chest.”
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