The infamous “Avian Outlaw” of Virginia, notorious for his alleged armed robbery accompanied by a trio of chatty parrots, has finally been apprehended, according to police reports.
Hector Eduardo Rios, the man behind this peculiar occurrence, was placed under arrest on Wednesday, marking the end of an almost three-month-long investigation following the incident in August.
Fairfax County Police Department details the bizarre saga, tracing it back to August 22 when Rios allegedly made his appearance at a local McDonald’s outlet in Fairfax, Virginia. He is accused of brandishing a knife and robbing a man of a yet undisclosed sum.
The authorities have further detailed that during this alleged felony act, Rios was strikingly dressed, with a pair of parrots perched on his cowboy hat and another one on his shoulder, a sight that was as unusual as it was intimidating.
After the incident, Rios reportedly made a pit stop at a neighborhood convenience store, which eventually led to his identification. He was captured on the store’s surveillance camera, casually wandering around the premises. The video footage revealed the “Avian Outlaw” in his unmistakable attire, a black cowboy hat and a patterned shirt, and his feathered accomplices.
“The authorities in Fairfax County have confirmed the detention of Hector Eduardo Rios. The charges against him? Robbery. The presiding law enforcement agency has opted to withhold his right to bail,” reports the Fairfax County Police Department.
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