Nigerian ‘Blue Cloth Bandit’ arrested in US few months after throwing lavish wedding party

A Nigerian identified as Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie has been arrested in Los Angeles, United States, for allegedly being involved in a total of 68-armed business robberies.

The suspected robber, according to the LA Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), commonly used a blue cloth to cover the handgun used in the robberies that occurred at gas stations and shopping malls.

Describing his modus operandi, the LA Police said 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, the US detectives formulated a plan, initiated surveillance and ultimately served a search and arrest warrant.

Charles, 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.

Meanwhile, there are reports that about three months ago he threw a lavish American wedding when he walked his partner, Stephanie, down the aisle.

“Charles and Stephanie met as church in 2012 while Stephanie was volunteering as a Teacher’s Aide in Confirmation class.

“Charles and his brother were in the Confirmation stage of their Catholicism. Charles became enamored with the beautiful young lade that would fail his confirmation papers.

“After Charles confronted Stephanie about her rigorous grading, they developed a friendship that later turned into love.”

Speaking on the possibility of additional charges for Charles, the LA Police while calling for tips from anyone with information about the crime noted; “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.”

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