Man wanted for holding up Hampton bank at gunpoint

Posted at 11:16 PM, Oct 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-23 23:16:48-04

Hampton, Va. - Surveillance video shows a robber holding up a bank at gunpoint.

Hampton police opened up their investigation to NewsChannel 3, hoping we can help them find the gunman.

The robbery happened October 8th in Willow Oaks Shopping Center at the Navy Federal Credit Union.

A bike is central to the story. Before he even went inside the bank, surveillance video shows the gunman riding the bike through the breezeway several times.

“It appears he was casing the business, looking in the windows to see who was inside prior to going inside the business and he was wearing a mask while he was doing that,” says Matt Bond with the Hampton Police Department.

But no one seemed to think much of the masked man on the bike.

The surveillance video shows him calmly walk in the front door of the bank carrying a backpack. The robber even turns and says hello to the woman at the front desk.

Another camera shows him holding a gun as he walks up to an empty desk. Police have asked us to blur the gun because the details of the weapon are part of the investigation.

He eventually picks a teller who had just sat down at her desk.

He still had the gun in his hand as he walked up and demanded money.

Police are hoping someone might recognize the distinct backpack he was holding.

Once he got the cash, he walked out. He then got onto the bicycle and rode across the parking lot to get away. He left the bike behind when he fled on foot at the wood line police say.

Police believe the bike could be the key to solving the case. They're not sure if the robber might have stolen it or if it was his bike. Either way, they want to hear from you if you recognize it.

If you know anything about this case, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.