‘Soul Patch Bandit’ also wanted for murder of 1-year-old in Newport News

The robbery suspect is also a murder suspect in Newport News

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A man accused of robbing several banks throughout Central Virginia, dubbed by the FBI as the “Soul Patch Bandit,” was caught Tuesday afternoon.

8News has learned the robbery suspect, who police have identified as Arthur Kharenduzuck, has also been charged with murder in connection to the death of his one-year-old son.

Newport News Police said around 9 p.m. on October 30, Police Communications received a call to the 300 block of Charles Street of a one-year-old child not breathing.

Medics attempted to revive the child while transporting him to a local hospital. Medics and hospital personnel continued efforts to revive the child at the hospital. The child was transferred to Portsmouth Naval Hospital and placed on life support. The child did not respond to treatment and was pronounced deceased on November 1, according to Newport News Police.

Special Victims Unit detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging the child’s father, Kharendzyuk, with one count of second-degree murder, Newport News Police said. Shortly after obtaining the warrant, as detectives were attempting to locate Kharendzuk at his residence, they were notified that he had been arrested in Petersburg on unrelated charges.

wells-fargoActing Police Chief William Rohde confirmed to 8News that at 3:20 p.m., police caught Kharendzyuk after he robbed the Wells Fargo at 3360 South Crater Road. According to Rohde, the police set up a perimeter outside the bank. As the suspect walked out, he attempted to flee.

“It wasn’t too much of a chase,” Rohde said.

The police were alerted to his presence after the bank called to report a suspicious person in the bank.

Including Tuesday’s robbery, the FBI says that Kharendzyuk has been linked to at least six bank robberies in the region.

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