A man has been arrested following the fatal stabbing of convenience store owner Ravi Katharkamar during a robbery in north-west London.
A 44-year-old man was arrested in Harrow on Wednesday and has been taken to a London police station where he remains in custody.
The incident happened at the Marsh Food and Wine newsagent on Marsh Road in Pinner at around 6am on 24 March.
According to police, Ravi, who was opening the store, was attacked and stabbed by a man who then carried out a robbery, stealing the till.
A passer-by found Ravi collapsed inside the store suffering from stab wounds. A post-mortem examination confirmed a stab wound to the chest as the cause of death.
A GoFundMe page, which has been set up to support Ravi’s family, has raised nearly £50,000 to date.
Detective chief inspector Simon Stancombe 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.
“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 driven 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.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the incident room number on 0208 358 0200 on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD1653/24Mar. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.