A Nigerian-American serial armed robber, Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie, has been arrested in connection with over 60 armed robberies in the US, the Los Angeles Police Department announced on Wednesday, September 27, 2022.
LAPD say since October 2021, there has been a total of 68 armed business robberies linked to the 29-year-old suspect.
Dubbed as the ‘Blue Cloth Bandit,’ Onwuemelie used a blue cloth to cover his handgun during the robberies.
“Since October of 2021, there have been a total of 68-armed business robberies attributed by investigators to the same suspect. The robberies have occurred throughout Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles. Investigators from RHD were assigned to investigate the 16 robberies that occurred inside City boundaries,” LAPD said in a statement.
“During their investigation, RHD detectives discovered that the suspect commonly used a blue cloth to cover the handgun used in the robberies that occurred at gas stations, 7-11s and Walmarts.
“The suspect would conceal himself by wearing different hats, a face mask, and rubber gloves. The same vehicle was used in many of the robberies, and the same suspect was linked to the robberies based on several factors.
“When the suspect struck again on Friday, September 23rd, detectives formulated a plan, initiated surveillance and ultimately served a search and arrest warrant.
“Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie, a 29-year-old resident of Quartz Hill was arrested at his residence. Evidence further linking him to the robberies was also recovered at scene, including a firearm.
On September 27, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office filed 16 counts of 211 P.C. – Robbery, for the robberies that occurred in the City of Los Angeles.
It is anticipated that additional charges will be filed by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department related to the robberies that occurred within LA County borders. It is believed that the suspect may be wanted for additional armed robberies in the area.