‘Soul Patch Bandit’ commits suicide in jail, sources say

Arthur Kharenduzuck, also known as the "Soul Patch Bandit" (FBI)
Arthur Kharenduzuck, also known as the "Soul Patch Bandit" (FBI)

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (WRIC) — Police sources tell 8News that Artur Kharenduzuck, the man known by the FBI as the ‘Soul Patch Bandit,’ committed suicide inside Riverside Regional Jail Monday evening.

Kharenduzuck was wanted for robbing multiple banks across Central Virginia and in connection to the murder of his infant son.

He was captured last Tuesday after officials said he robbed the Wells Fargo at 3360 South Crater Road in Petersburg last Tuesday. According to Acting Police Chief William Rohde, the police set up a perimeter outside the bank. As the suspect walked out, he attempted to flee.

“It wasn’t too much of a chase,” Rohde said.

Officers were alerted to his presence after the bank called to report a suspicious person in the bank.

The FBI says Kharendzyuk has been linked to at least six bank robberies in the region.

Riverside Regional Jail issued the following press release Tuesday morning:

At approximately 6:46 p.m., on November 28, staff discovered a male inmate his cell. The individual was unresponsive from an apparent suicide; staff called a medical emergency and made efforts to resuscitate the individual. Prince George EMS responded to the jail and pronounced the individual deceased; Prince George County Police Department also responded the scene and are investigating the death. Riverside Regional Jail has initiated an internal investigation into the matter as required by policy. The Office of the Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.”

Kharenduzuck was also sought in connection to the death of his 1-year-old son last month.

8News sister station WAVY reports that Newport News police 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.

Court documents show Kharenduzuck 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.

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