Confessed Armed Robber Solomon Teklie Fools Witnesses with Race-Changing Mask

News, January 22, 2015

All of the witnesses–including his victims–described the suspect as “white” but this confessed armed robber was actually wearing an incredibly convincing race-changing mask.

A Canadian court heard that Solomon Zemichael Teklie carried out a carjacking and two bank robberies before police pulled him over and arrested him–all in the space of 37 minutes.

He has pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery.

Solomon Teklie

Solomon Teklie

“I don’t know where this mask was made, I don’t know where it came from, but it’s uncanny how much it looks like a real person,” Edmonton crown prosecutor Carrie-Ann Downey said.

“It was so realistic that each witness on this file thought that Mr. Teklie was white. He is not white.”


Teklie began his January 2014 crime spree by holding a pellet gun to the head of Caroline Ombago in a shopping mall carpark before forcing her from her Honda Civic at about 11am.

In her victim impact statement, Ms Ombago said she had believed the gun was real and the event had left her sleepless and so fearful she had to leave town.

Minutes after the carjacking, Teklie walked into the Bank of Montreal and flashed his weapon to a teller, who handed over $1,000 (AUD$1010).

He then drove to a CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) branch, telling an employee:

“You have 30 seconds to give me the money.” He received $100 in $10 bills before fleeing in the stolen car.

Bank staff described Teklie as a white man to police, although two employees noticed he had “damaged” or “strange” skin.

Minutes later, officers spotted the vehicle Ms Ombago had reported stolen, pulling him over taking him into custody.

“This was a planned spree,” Ms Downey said. “Mr. Teklie had a plan. It might not have been a good plan, but it was a plan.”

Defence lawyer Deborah Hatch said Teklie had spent years in a Kenyan refugee camp after fleeing his native Ethiopia before entering Canada illegally.

Ms Hatch said her client was stateless because he had no documents and may not be deported after serving his sentence.

“He had a tragic and violent childhood marked by death and aggression most of us will never see,” she told the court.

Teklie apologised to the court, saying: “I’m truly sorry for my actions. That’s all I can say.”

He will be sentenced on Feb. 23.

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  • superlloyd

    Send it back to Africa, you bleeding heart liberal fools. You’ll save yourselves much money and grief.

    • dd121

      AFTER he does his 30 years.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      The problem with deportation is that they always try to find their way back. The only way to do it right is to physically hurt them: flogging, branding, lopping off a hand or foot–and then kick them out. Put it in their head that if they ever return there’s a good chance they’ll end up dead.

      • Bill Moore


        A brand or a tattoo might help.

        Bill Moore

        • Who Me?

          They might remove a brand or cover up a tattoo. It wouldn’t be easy, but it could be done. (Also the World Court would immediately start conjuring up visions of the holocaust.) I think cutting off their ears would be pretty foolproof, and it wouldn’t physically handicap them such as cutting off an arm or hand would do. It also would be well-nigh next to impossible to reverse or cover up!
          “Hey, you there! Take off that hat. Lets be seeing those ears. No ears? Back on the plane with you!”

          • Grantland

            “Hey you without the ears, get back on the plane!”

            “But Officer, I have ears..”

            *snip snip*

            “Where do I board?”

        • Cheri Rodriguez

          Half the population has tattoos (especially black show offs). How is that a punishment? Take out an eye. Remove a testicle. If you come back, you lose the other one.

  • IstvanIN

    Ms Hatch said her client was stateless because he had no documents and may not be deported after serving his sentence.
    That is crazy, send him home whether they want him or not.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      He is not even stateless, he has a home country: Ethiopia. He probably holds Ethiopian citizenship. He should be sent back, whether his home country wants him back or not.

    • phillyguy

      Nah you’re being too harsh, what they should do is drop him just 100 miles offshore in the North Atlantic tell him if he swims back to shore you will automatically become a citizen.

      • IstvanIN

        What do you have against sea life?

    • El Baga Doucha Libtard

      Antarctica is good place to send the stateless.

      • Who Me?

        What did those poor penguins in Antarctica ever do to you to deserve that?

  • An LBJ mask.

    • Oil Can Harry

      In prison his Latino cellmate will demand “El b.j.”.

    • Speedy Steve

      Here’s a demotivation poster on the topic:

  • TruthBeTold

    “…native Ethiopia before entering Canada illegally… may not be deported after serving his sentence.

    They have the perfect reason to deport him but they won’t.

  • dd121

    Sorry about his bad childhood but that doesn’t grant him license to rob and pillage.

    • JohnEngelman

      His bad childhood was not my fault.

    • Sick of it

      His bad genes account for his criminal behavior more than his childhood.

  • A similar case in the United States also involved a bank robber wearing a very realistic mask, though I think the robber was white and the mask was black.

  • Reynardine

    Teklie apologised to the court, saying: “I’m truly sorry for my actions getting caught. That’s all I can say.”

  • Whitetrashgang

    The only answer is Canada needs more Ethiopians and less police.

  • Zimriel

    The photo looks artificially darkened. I bet based on the facial features that he’s lighter-skinned than this.

    So, as a fellow part-Semite, I’ll tell him – get in line like the rest of us did, you shande. And don’t play us with this “bad childhood” stuff; if it gave you issues, then that’s reason NOT to let you in.

    Edit : * and why on earth did Canada let this guy in? I bet the reason he had to flee Ethiopia in the first place is because he beat or raped some person whose family objected.

  • Luca

    White man’s burden. Create new laws or whatever so you can ship this cancer out of the country.

  • Speedy Steve

    “Mr. Teklie had a plan. It might not have been a good plan, but it was a plan.”

    Of course it wasn’t a good plan. Teklie is African.

  • Carney3

    Well, the Scooby-Doo scenario, of realistic masks being pulled off of criminals, had to happen some time.

  • MartelsGhost

    That looks like an SPFX mask. Maybe the “Goodfella”?

    Hyperflesh makes some really good ones too but they more or less stick to celebrity inspired masks.

    As for the outcome of this particular story: If Canada keeps him, then isn’t the Government liable for any and all future crimes he is likely to commit? They have pretty concrete evidence as to what type of thug he is………………………………

  • Tim

    It`s okay to be forced from your car at gunpoint. It is NOT okay to let them force you into THEIR car at gunpoint…

  • Cid Campeador

    Use him and all his “ilk” for Cancer Research. If he survives he still finishes his term. If he dies from the experiments,Good Riddance.
    Would what Josef Mengele think of this?