A Nigerian identified as Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie has been arrested in Los Angeles, United States, for allegedly being involved in a total of 68-armed business robberies.Onwuemelie allegedly “used a blue cloth to cover the handgun used in the robberies that occurred at gas stations, 7-11s and Walmarts,” LAPD said in a press release.
“The suspect would conceal himself by wearing different hats, a face mask, and rubber gloves,” LAPD said. “The same vehicle was used in many of the robberies, and the same suspect was linked to the robberies based on several factors.”
Onwuemelie’s latest attempt occurred on Sept. 23, when detectives crafted a plan to initiate surveillance and serve a search warrant.
Surveillance footage released by the LAPD shows the suspect appearing to purchase items at a convenience store before he reveals his alleged weapon covered by a blue cloth. He can also be seen wearing blue gloves and a hat that conceals his face in the video.
Police recovered a firearm and other evidence from the scene of Onwuemelie’s latest alleged robbery linking him to the crime.
The suspect is charged with 16 counts of robbery that allegedly occurred within LA city limits, though officials expect the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to file additional charges for numerous other robberies that apparently occurred within the county.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the string of robberies to contact Detective Esther Myape at (213) 486-6840.
Meanwhile, there are reports that about three months ago he threw a lavish American wedding when he walked his partner, Stephanie, down the aisle.
“Charles and Stephanie met as church in 2012 while Stephanie was volunteering as a Teacher’s Aide in Confirmation class.
“Charles and his brother were in the Confirmation stage of their Catholicism. Charles became enamored with the beautiful young lade that would fail his confirmation papers.
“After Charles confronted Stephanie about her rigorous grading, they developed a friendship that later turned into love.”