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Dispatcher likely forgot to send police in dragging death

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WRENTHAM, Mass. -

A Wrentham police dispatcher failed to send a cruiser to check out a complaint from a Route 1 motel manager about a customer refusing to pay a bill just minutes before a housekeeper was dragged by a pickup truck three miles to her death allegedly by the same guest.

A department spokesman said Tuesday that the first call about trouble at the Arbor Inn on Nov. 18 came in on the department's business line, not 911. The dispatcher said she would send a cruiser, but never did.

The first 911 call about the dispute came in eight minutes later.

The dispatcher, a 15-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave pending a review.

The dispute led to the death of 58-year Kanchanben Patel. A 22-year-old Norwood man is facing charges.

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