‘Soul Patch Bandit’ also wanted for infant son’s murder in Newport News

Arthur Kharenduzuck was arrested after allegedly robbing a bank

(Photos courtesy: Richmond FBI Office)
(Photos courtesy: Richmond FBI Office)

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

10 On Your Side has learned the robbery suspect, who police have identified as Artur Kharendzyuk, has also been charged with murder in connection to the death of his one-year-old son.

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At 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, police arrested Kharendzyuk after he allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Petersburg. Authorities had set up a perimeter outside. As Kharendzyuk walked out, he tried to run.

“It wasn’t too much of a chase,” acting Petersburg Police Chief Willaim Rohde told WAVY sister station WRIC.

Police found out Kharendzyuk was at the Wells Fargo after receiving a report about a suspicious person in the bank.

Newport News police say they will release more details about Kharendzyuk’s murder charge Wednesday. Stay with WAVY for updates as they become available.