Exclusive: FBI Investigating Allegations Of Armed Bank Robbery By Kansas City Chiefs Superfan
A Kansas City Chiefs Superfan could be facing federal charges as the FBI works with local police to investigate a bank robbery in Oklahoma. The feds have the option to take jurisdiction from state authorities and have done so with bank robberies in the past. Bank robberies of federally insured banks and credit unions, like the one allegedly robbed Friday, fall almost exclusively to federal prosecutors.
Xavier Michael Babudar, who calls himself “ChiefsAholic” on his social media page, was arrested Friday morning and is accused of robbing the Tulsa Teachers Credit Union bank in Bixby, Oklahoma. The credit union was founded for teachers during the Great Depression and boasts more than 140,000 members, mainly from academia. It provides loans to teachers and others during summer months and difficult times.
Babudar, whose social media account boasts a following of over 30,000 people, raised suspicions among his followers when his normally active account suddenly went silent despite the Chiefs playing Houston over the weekend. Babudar is frequently spotted dressed as a wolf at both home and road games as he cheers on the NFL team. Social media sleuths discovered that Babudar was reportedly placed behind bars at Tulsa County Jail with a bond of $200,000.
Police say Babudar was apprehended after a witness gave them a description of the alleged robber, claiming they caught Babudar red-handed with a weapon and a large amount of cash on him.
Babudar was arrested on charges of armed robbery, wearing a mask in commission of felony, a possession of firearm in commission of felony and threaten violent act, according to a police report.
Many reports emerged claiming that Babudar allegedly robbed the bank wearing his popular wolf mask, but police confirmed to League of Justice that those reports are false and they say he did not wear the wolf mask.
The Tulsa Teachers Credit Union, which is insured by the National Credit Union Administration Board, falls under the federal statute governing bank robberies: 18 U.S.C. §2113(g). Penalties for robbing a bank or credit union can carry up to twenty years in prison and the use of a dangerous weapon in the commission of a bank robbery felony can carry up to twenty five years in prison. If anyone is injured or killed during the commission of the felony, the penalties can be up to life in prison or even the death penalty.
Police say no one was injured during Friday’s alleged robbery.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that both state and federal prosecutions for bank robberies are permissible. However, dual prosecutions are rare.
This past November, a former Bixby firefighter was sentenced to more than four years in prison after being convicted of robbing two banks and staging his own kidnapping to try to escape prosecution. The prosecution took place at the federal level, following investigation by the FBI.