Report: ‘Soul Patch Bandit’ kills himself in jail

Artur Kharendzyuk was arrested Nov. 22, 2016 in Petersburg for the robbery of a Wells Fargo branch. He is also facing a murder charge in Newport News for the death of his 1-year-old son. (Photo: Petersburg Bureau of Police)
Artur Kharendzyuk was arrested Nov. 22, 2016 in Petersburg for the robbery of a Wells Fargo branch. He is also facing a murder charge in Newport News for the death of his 1-year-old son. (Photo: Petersburg Bureau of Police)

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A serial robbery suspect known by the FBI as the “Soul Patch Bandit” took his own life inside Riverside Regional Jail Monday, police sources tell WAVY sister station WRIC.

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

Artur Kharendzyuk was taken into custody last week after he allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Petersburg. Police outside the bank arrested him as he tried to get away.

Kharendzyuk is also facing a murder charge out of Newport News for the death of his infant son.

Newport News police say officers were called to a home on Charles Street on Oct. 30 for a 1-year-old who was not breathing. The child was placed on life support after being taken to Portsmouth Naval Hospital, and died two days later.

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Court documents show Kharendzyuk was also arrested in Virginia Beach on November 19 for disorderly conduct and trespassing. He was released on his own recognizance. The arrest happened before Newport News police had an arrest warrant out for him.

WAVY News contacted the jail for more information about Kharendzyuk’s death, but officials said only that they have no comment.

10 On Your Side is working to learn more information. Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.