Police: Bank robbery suspect also wanted in son’s death

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say they’ve linked a man arrested after a bank robbery to a string of holdups and discovered he was wanted in the death of his 1-year-old son.

Newport News police spokesman Lewis Thurston says 25-year-old Artur Kharendzyuk (ka-RIN’-zik) was arrested Tuesday in Petersburg. He is wanted on a second-degree murder charge in Newport News.

Thurston says Petersburg police arrested Kharendzyuk as he fled a bank robbery there Tuesday. He says investigators connected Kharendzyuk to five other robberies. Federal investigators had dubbed him the “Soul Patch Bandit,” referring to his facial hair.

Police in Petersburg learned Newport News police had filed arrest warrants the same day. The child died Nov. 1, days after he was found unresponsive and not breathing.