Blue Cloth Bandit: Nigerian Man Nabbed by LA Police Over Series Of Robberies

Blue Cloth Bandit
Blue Cloth Bandit

Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie, a 29-year-old Nigerian who is a resident of Quartz Hill was arrested at his residence.

According to the platform,, since October of 2021, there have been a total of 68-armed business robberies attributed by investigators to the same suspect.

The robberies have occurred throughout Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles. Investigators from RHD were assigned to investigate the 16 robberies that occurred inside City boundaries.

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During their investigation, RHD detectives discovered that the suspect commonly used a blue cloth to cover the handgun used in the robberies that occurred at gas stations, 7-11s and Walmarts.

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.

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Evidence further linking him to the robberies was also recovered at scene, including a firearm.

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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