'Millennial Bonnie And Clyde' Arrested For Murder In Budapest After International Manhunt, Authorities Say
A Canadian couple suspected in a double shootout and dubbed "millennial Bonnie and Clyde" by local media were arrested in Budapest, Romania, after months of manhunt, police said.
Oliver Karafa, 28, and Yun "Lucy" Lu Li, 25, are the prime suspects in a double shootout that took place in Hamilton, Ontario, in February. One man died of his injuries, another victim barely survived. Hamilton police believe the couple fled the country within 24 hours of the crime.
Just after 7:15 p.m. on February 28, police responded to an industrial area on Arvin Ave, according to a police press release. in Stoney Creek. Tyler Pratt, 39, had been shot dead and forces found an unidentified 26-year-old woman in serious condition on the side of the road.
Police said the victims knew each other but did not want to provide any information about the context of their relationship.
After months of searching for Karafa and Li, bounty hunters as part of a unit of the National Investigation Bureau's Rapid Reaction Unit captured the couple in Budapest.
"Since the incident of the shooting, we have not only worked domestically with our partners at the RCMP, but also internationally through Interpol and our police authorities in Eastern Europe, especially the Hungarian Active Search Team," said Hamilton Det. Jim Callender at a press conference on Monday .
Callender believes the refugee couple traveled to several countries before arriving in Hungary, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where Karafa was born.
It's not the first time Karafa has been prosecuted.
In 2012, a judge sentenced Karafa to five years in prison after Karafa hit a mast in his Land Rover, killing his friend and co-driver, David Chiang, 24. Karafa was convicted of negligence and criminal negligence. Chiang was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly, while Karafa, who was drunk and drove more than double the speed limit, got away with no injuries.
"I made a terrible decision that will haunt me for the rest of my life," Karafa said, according to the Toronto Sun.
Now Karafa and Li remain in custody while international authorities clarify the details to bring the couple back to Canada to be charged.
Karafa and Li are charged with first degree murder and attempted murder.
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