KC Chiefs ‘Superfan’ Robbed Banks, Laundered Cash, Feds Say
Xaviar Michael Babudar, age 28, has been arrested in connection to a series of bank robberies throughout the Midwest. The suspect, who is a “super fan” of the Kansas City Chiefs and goes by the name @ChiefsAholic and attending games dressed as a wolf, is believed to have been laundering the money through casinos after committing the robberies.
From April to December 2022, Xaviar Michael Babudar, also known as ChiefAholic and famous for wearing his grey wolf costume, bought over a million dollars in chips from casinos in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, only to redeem a similar amount from the same casinos, according to court filings. Previously a frequent face at Chiefs games, appearing frequently on TV cameras, Babudar has had a difficult past, as seen in an ESPN investigative piece. Recently, a mugshot of Babudar taken by the Tulsa County Sheriff was released online, and Babudar was ultimately arrested and declared a fugitive.
Babudar was initially taken into custody in December of 2022 for allegedly robbing Tulsa Teachers Federal Credit Union in Oklahoma of $150,250. He was granted bond in February of that same year with the condition of wearing an ankle monitor, which he removed and went into hiding – landing him on the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers most wanted list and prompting prosecutors to impose a bond of 1 million dollars due to the perception of him being an “extreme risk to the public.”. Ultimately, Babudar was arrested by federal agents in Lincoln, California on the charges of one count of bank theft and one count of transporting stolen property across state lines in relation to the Oklahoma heist. During this time, investigators searched for unsolved bank robberies and evaluated casino transaction records to determine the full scope of his likely unlawful activity.
Babudar’s criminal activity concluded with six more robberies, wherein he traveled throughout the Midwestern United States before returning to the Kansas City Metropolitan area to launder the money using the area casinos and depositing the proceeds into multiple bank accounts.
Six More Robberies
An affidavit linking Babudar to seven robberies and attempted robberies has been established in connection to the Oklahoma bank robbery. These took place in Nebraska, Iowa, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Minnesota, with Babudar allegedly stealing more than $800K altogether. Tracking the locations of his cell phone, it has been uncovered that he was in the same cities and locations as the robberies when they took place. As a result of this, federal prosecutors declared a news release to state that the case will be presented to a federal grand jury for an indictment of these—or any other additional—charges.
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