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Jail officials: 'Soul Patch Bandit' kills self in jail

"Soul Patch Bandit" at Wells Fargo in West End (Source: Henrico Police) "Soul Patch Bandit" at Wells Fargo in West End (Source: Henrico Police)
PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) -

The Riverside Regional Jail says the "Soul Patch Bandit," who is accused of robbing several banks in Central Virginia and was wanted for the murder of his infant son, killed himself on Monday. 

Artur Kharendzyuk, 26, was caught just after he allegedly robbed the Wells Fargo on South Crater Road in Petersburg last week. Kharendzyuk was being held at Riverside Regional Jail.

Jail officials say staff members called for a medical emergency and made efforts to resuscitate Kharendzyuk. Prince George EMS responded to the scene and pronounced him dead.

Kharendzyuk was wanted for a string of bank robberies in the past month in Central Virginia, including a robbery on Nov. 14 in Henrico and at a bank in Colonial Heights on Nov. 7. He's also suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo in Mechanicsville. 

The Newport News Police Department says that Kharendzyuk was wanted on a second-degree murder charge of his 1-year-old son in October.

The Prince George County Police Department is investigating, and the jail has initiated an internal investigation.

The cause of death is hanging, and the manner of death is suicide, according to the Medical Examiner.

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