A man suspected of assaulting and kidnapping his girlfriend — who remains missing — in Monrovia remained jailed Wednesday, but the case took a chilling twist with the release of video that appears to show him rapping in a downtown bar about killing a woman.
Robert Anthony Camou, 27, was arrested around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after a nearly five-hour standoff in downtown Los Angeles. He had been on the lam since around 8 a.m. Monday, when sheriff’s officials say he was spotted by a witness placing his possibly unconscious girlfriend in the trunk of a gray Toyota Prius in the 600 block of Vaquero Road in Monrovia.
Sheriff’s officials say blood was found in the home where the woman — Amanda Kathleen Custer, 31 — was allegedly assaulted and abducted.
Los Angeles police found the 2017 Prius around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday near Hill and Second streets, and Camou was seen lying in the back seat, occasionally pretending to be asleep, police said. Camou refused to come out of the vehicle, but police eventually pumped tear gas into the car, flushing him out around 7:30 a.m. He was booked on suspicion of burglary and is being held without bail.
There was no sign of Custer.
Authorities said Camou and Custer had a tumultuous two-year relationship that included “numerous domestic violence incidents,” sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hoglund said. The pair lived just down the street from one another.
According to court records, Camou had been scheduled to appear in a Pasadena courtroom on Monday in connection with criminal charges including burglary, assault and domestic violence, but he was already on the lam and did not show up for the hearing.
Meanwhile, KTLA5 on Wednesday obtained cell phone video taken in a downtown Los Angeles bar Monday night — while Camou and Custer were being sought by authorities. The video appears to show Camou during an open-mic event, singing an expletive-laden rap about killing a woman.
“I killed my (expletive) and buried that (expletive) in the (expletive) dirt,” the man on the video is heard rapping. He goes on to claim he is being sought by police, before someone takes the microphone from him.
It was just hours after the video was taken that Camou was found inside the parked Prius.
The man who shot the video told KNX Newsradio that he didn’t realize at the time who the person on the video was or that he was suspected in an assault and kidnapping. But he said the man’s words made people in the bar uncomfortable.
Meanwhile, a search was continuing for Custer, who is described as white, 5 feet 8, 140 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.
Custer filed court papers in February seeking a restraining order against Camou, claiming he showed up uninvited at her home and broke a double-pane window with a hatchet, according to court documents cited by ABC7.
Anyone with information was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org.