Nigerian Arrested For Over 68 Robberies In US Two Months After Lavish Wedding ( Pictures)


Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie, 29, of Quartz Hill was arrested at his residence on Saturday, and he was being held on $1.4 million bail, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Since October 2021 there have been 68 armed robberies of businesses "attributed by investigators to the same suspect," an LAPD statement said.

"The robberies have occurred throughout Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles," police said. "During  investigation detectives discovered that the suspect commonly used a blue cloth to cover the handgun used in the robberies that occurred at gas stations, 7-Elevens and Walmarts," police said. "The suspect would conceal himself by wearing different hats, a face mask and rubber gloves."

According to police, the same vehicle was involved in many of the robberies, and the same suspect was linked to the series of crimes "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."

Onwuemelie was arrested at his residence and evidence linking him to the robberies was also recovered at the scene, including a firearm, police said. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office filed 16 counts of robbery against Onwuemelie for the crimes that occurred in the city of Los Angeles, police said.

"It is anticipated that additional charges will be filed by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department related to the robberies that occurred within L.A. County borders. It is believed that the suspect may be wanted for additional armed robberies in the area."


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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