A California man recently arrested in connection to his girlfriend’s disappearance appeared to be filmed rapping about murdering a woman and burying her body on the same day that she disappeared after an alleged domestic violence incident.
Robert Camou, 27, was arrested on Tuesday, July 30, following a five-hour standoff with police in Los Angeles, KTLA reports. His arrest came one day after authorities named him a suspect in the disappearance of Amanda Custer, his 31-year-old girlfriend who was reported missing on Monday and has yet to be found.
While police searched for him on Monday night, Camou reportedly took the stage to perform karaoke at The King Eddy Saloon in Los Angeles and rapped disturbing lyrics about murdering a woman and getting rid of her body, according to CBS Los Angeles.
“I killed my bitch and buried that bitch in the f--cking dirt,” a man believed to be Camou can be heard rapping in a video shot by another bar patron, Michael Moore. The man then rapped about the cops looking for him and needing to “shut [his] mouth” before walking off.
The performance shocked the other bar patrons, Moore told the Los Angeles Times.
“What he said, he said it with such force that people just stopped,” Moore said. “They were shocked. There was a lot of hate in his expression.”
Camou allegedly seemed unbothered at the prospect of the footage ending up online; after asking Moore where he planned to post it, Moore said that he planned to share it online, at which point he claims Camou said that was “cool.”
Camou was arrested in connection to his girlfriend’s disappearance the following morning.
Custer was declared missing after the Monrovia Police Department responded to a report of a domestic violence incident involving Camou and Custer early Monday, according to a news release issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Upon their arrival to the home, both the alleged aggressor and victim were gone, but there was evidence that an assault had taken place, leading investigators to suspect that Custer had been taken from the property against her will.
Camou was named a suspect in his girlfriend’s disappearance after a witness reported seeing him place Custer’s unmoving body into the trunk of his Toyota Prius early Monday, CBS Los Angeles reports.
Police tracked Camou down at around 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday, but he refused to exit his car, authorities said in the release. Camou finally got out of the vehicle five hours later, after LAPD SWAT officers threw an unnamed chemical agent into the car, coaxing him out. He was then booked on suspicion of burglary and domestic violence and is currently being held without bail.
Authorities have said that while they have seen video of the seemingly incriminating performance, they have not yet obtained the original, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We want to make sure it’s unedited,” Deputy Trina Schrader, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, told the outlet. “If it’s edited, then in court people can poke holes in it.”
Prior to Custer’s disappearance and Camou’s arrest, there had been numerous allegations of domestic violence involving the couple, with Custer having sought a restraining order against Camou as recently as February, according to The Times.
At a candlelight vigil held in Custer’s honor at Library Park in Monrovia on Wednesday, concerned community members shared their hopes that she would be soon be found, KTLA reports.
“She’s a mom, a daughter, a friend, a neighbor,” one unnamed attendee said. “She’s a human being that needs to be found.”
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