A Kansas City Chiefs superfan who had been on the run for four months after being charged with a bank robbery in December has been arrested in California and charged in a criminal complaint with carrying out a series of robberies in the Midwest, according to documents. court records unsealed on Monday.
Federal authorities arrested Xaviar Babudar, 28, near Sacramento on Friday. Babudar has been charged with bank robbery and transporting stolen property across state lines for a previously unsolved March 2022 robbery in Iowa. The FBI also linked him to six other unsolved robberies and attempted bank or cooperative robberies. of credit from April 2022 to December in Iowa, Minnesota, Tennessee and Nebraska. In all, authorities say Babudar stole more than $800,000.
Babudar will appear in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento on Monday afternoon. A federal grand jury will hear the case. The two federal charges each carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, according to the affidavit.
Babudar’s cell phone was planted in the same locations as previously unsolved bank robberies and attempted robberies, according to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint. Authorities allege that he purchased and redeemed more than $1 million worth of chips from various casinos in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois between April and December 2022.
Babudar was known on social media and among the Chiefs’ fan base as “Chiefsaholic”, a die-hard fan who wore a wolf gray suit to games and often appeared on television. He was first arrested Dec. 16 in Oklahoma and charged with a robbery at the Tulsa Teachers Credit Union. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail in February before removing the ankle monitor and disappearing in March.
Tulsa-area bail agent Michael Lloyd, who said he has been looking for Babudar ever since, told ESPN he paid an $80,000 bail forfeiture fee Friday, just minutes before receiving a call from the FBI from that Babudar had been arrested.
An ESPN investigation found that Babudar had a troubled upbringing, a history of legal trouble and much of what he posted about himself on social media was untrue. He often posted screenshots of betting slips, including $5,000 bets on the Chiefs to win this year’s Super Bowl and quarterback Patrick Mahomes to win the NFL regular season MVP. Both were winners. In court documents filed after his arrest in December, Babudar listed himself as homeless and has not had any steady income since October 2021, according to the FBI affidavit.