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'Millennial Bonnie And Clyde' Arrested For Murder In Budapest After International Manhunt, Authorities Say
Oliver Karafa and Yun 'Lucy' Lu Li face charges of murder and attempted murder in Hamilton, Ontario in connection with a double shooting in February.
A Canadian couple suspected in a double shooting, and dubbed the "millennial Bonnie and Clyde" by local media, have been arrested in Budapest, Romania following a months-long manhunt, according to police.
Oliver Karafa, 28, and Yun ‘Lucy’ Lu Li, 25, are the prime suspects in a double shooting that took place in February in Hamilton, Ontario. One man died from his injuries, and another victim narrowly survived. Hamilton Police believe that the couple fled the country within 24 hours of the crime.
Shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 28, police responded to an industrial area on Arvin Ave. in Stoney Creek, according to a press release by police. Tyler Pratt, 39, had been shot to death, and responders found an unidentified 26-year-old woman in serious condition on the side of a road.
Police said the victims knew one another but would not specify the context of their relationship.
After months of searching for Karafa and Li, bounty hunters as part of a unit for the National Investigation Bureau’s Rapid Response Unit captured the pair in Budapest.
“We’ve been working since the incident of the shooting, not only domestically with our partners with the RCMP, but internationally through Interpol and our police agencies over in Eastern Europe, specifically the Hungarian Active Search Team,” Hamilton Det. Jim Callender said at a press briefing on Monday.
Callender believes the fugitive couple traveled through several countries before arriving in Hungary, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where Karafa was born.
It’s not the first time Karafa has faced criminal charges.
In 2012, a judge sentenced Karafa to five years in prison after Karafa crashed his Land Rover into a pole, killing his friend and passenger, David Chiang, 24. Karafa was convicted of impaired driving and criminal negligence. Chiang was ejected from the vehicle and instantly died while Karafa, who was drunk and driving more than double the speed limit, walked away without injury.
“I made a terrible decision that will haunt me for the rest of my life,” said Karafa, according to the Toronto Sun.
Now, Karafa and Li remain in custody while international authorities iron out the details to get the couple back to Canada to face charges.
Karafa and Li face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.