‘Soul Patch Bandit’ facing murder charge out of Newport News

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A man believed to be the serial bank robber known as the "Soul Patch Bandit" was arrested after a foot chase in Petersburg Tuesday afternoon.

The man, later identified as Arthur Kharendzyuk, was wanted for multiple bank robberies in the area and a murder charge out of Newport News, Virginia.

Newport News Police confirmed there was an arrest warrant out that charged Kharendzyuk with murder in connection with the death of his one-year-old son.

CBS 6 has also learned Kharendzyuk was arrested by Virginia Beach Police for trespassing and disorderly conduct on November 19, after five bank robberies he's been linked to occurred.

According to police records, he was bailed out and released that same day.

There was no word on when the murder warrant was issued.

Investigators said additional details concerning the case would be released Wednesday.

'Soul Patch Bandit' captured 

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Petersburg Police received a call about a suspicious man inside of the Wells Fargo bank in the South Crater Square Shopping Center on South Crater Road.

When a detective arrived at the bank, the suspect tried to flee the scene and got into an scuffle with the officer, briefly getting away.

The 25-year-old man was tackled about 100 yards from the Wells Fargo bank in the parking lot of a nearby dialysis center.

The man detained by police was carrying a gun, but got rid of it while running from the bank, witnesses said.

Kharendzyuk is currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail.

The FBI dubbed Kharendzyuk the “Soul Patch Bandit” because of his facial hair.

He is believed to be responsible for several Central Virginia bank robberies:

October 18, 2016 – Wells Fargo Bank in the 80 block of South Airport Drive in Henrico

October 28, 2016 – Wells Fargo Bank in the 8100 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville

October 29, 2016 – Wells Fargo Bank in the 5600 block of Brook Road in Henrico

November 7, 2016 – Union Bank & Trust in the 3100 block of Boulevard in Colonial Heights

November 14, 2016 – Wells Fargo Bank in the 1300 block of Gaskins Road in Henrico

The FBI was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the “Soul-Patch Bandit.”

If you have any information on this crime contact the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 804-748-0600, the Colonial Heights Police Department at 804-520-9300, or the FBI field office at 804-261-1044.

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