The Vancouver Police have arrested the man dubbed the “Nephew Bandit” following a five year, cross-Canada search.
At 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, 57-year-old Richard Earl Rupert was arrested on 18 warrants issued by police forces in three Canadian provinces for his alleged involvement in frauds targeting the elderly.
It is alleged that Rupert sought out elderly victims, befriended them and gained their trust by pretending to be a distant relative. Rupert then conned them out of their money with a promise of repaying the debt. Rupert would then move on to his next victim, remaining one step ahead of the law.
Law enforcement agencies across Canada have been searching for Richard Rupert for over 5 years. Even though he was featured on America’s Most Wanted and CTV’s W5 – Investigative Reports, Rupert evaded capture by constantly moving throughout B.C. and Canada.
Rupert’s time on the run came to an end yesterday, after police learned he had entered a local hospital in June under the assumed name of Jerry Whitehead. He was identified by an alert hospital staff member, who recognized him from a wanted poster and called police.
Richard Earl Rupert has now been arrested on the following warrants:
Richard Earl Rupert is currently in police custody, pending his next court appearance.
“Last night’s arrest brings relief to both his victims and police agencies across Canada as an elusive predator has now been put behind bars,” said Sgt. Randy Fincham.