Xaviar Babudar, a Kansas City Chiefs superfan known as the ChiefsAholic, has been arrested in California after months on the run, the US Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Babudar, 28, had been on the run for around four months after he allegedly skipped a court hearing on bank robbery charges in March. The Overland Park, Kansas man was charged in federal court with one of a series of bank robberies he is suspected of committing, authorities said. He is also charged with transporting stolen property across state lines.
Babudar was arrested in Lincoln, California, on Friday.
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In December, he was charged with robbing a Tulsa federal teachers’ credit union and released on bond in February, authorities said. In late March, Babudar is suspected of removing his ankle monitor and going on the run. Authorities said investigators recently located Babudar near Sacramento and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.
«According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, Babudar traveled throughout the Midwest to carry out a series of robberies at various banks and credit unions. He allegedly laundered the proceeds of the robbery through area casinos and bank accounts. «said the US Attorney’s Office. he said in a press release.
Babudar is also suspected of other possible crimes.
The officials said, citing a newly unsealed affidavit, that after he was arrested in December, the FBI began reviewing «bank records, casino transaction records, and confidential financial reports to determine the breadth and scope of additional potential criminal activity.» «.
Officials said that «Babudar purchased and redeemed more than $1 million worth of chips from various casinos in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois between April and December 2022,» according to the affidavit.
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“Investigators also reviewed unsolved bank robberies throughout the Midwest during that time period. Babudar’s cell phone was planted in the same cities and locations for these previously unsolved bank robberies and attempted robberies, the affidavit says,» the press release reads. «In addition to the bank robbery Babudar is charged with in this complaint and the charged bank robbery in Oklahoma, the affidavit specifically refers to four bank robberies in Nebraska, Iowa, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, and attempted robberies of two credit unions in Minnesota.»
A complaint accused Babudar of stealing $70,000 from an Iowa bank in March 2022 and transporting the money from Iowa to Missouri. Authorities said Babudar then deposited the money into a money market savings account and bought casino chips at a Missouri casino.
A federal grand jury will determine whether to return and indict the accusers, authorities said.
Two days before the Chiefs played the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston, fans were wondering where Babudar’s Chiefs-centric tweets were. He would shoot his team’s rivals, as many NFL fans do in general. He didn’t seem to tweet through the Kansas City game against the Texans, though, even as the Chiefs had to dodge in overtime thanks to Jerick McKinnon.
Reddit detectives were quick to make the connection that the superfan was arrested for allegedly robbing the Oklahoma bank.
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Babudar was later identified as the suspect and big Chiefs fan behind the KC Wolf costume. He was arrested for armed robbery, among other charges, before going on the run, according to Tulsa County jail records.