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Credit union robbed in Newport News

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Sep 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-11 16:46:57-04

Newport News, Va. – Newport News Police have arrested a man who they say is responsible for the robbery of a credit union that occurred Thursday morning.

The robbery happened at about 10:49 a.m. on Thursday, September 11. Police responded to the Virginia Educators Credit Union at 812 Main Street.

The suspect, armed with a handgun, approached a teller and demanded money. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash the suspect left the area on foot, police say.

Customers leaving the bank noticed something suspicious and called police. A patrol officer checking the area located a man matching the suspect description a few blocks away on Sedgefield Road. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and is currently being questioned by detectives.

He has been identified as 35-year-old Harrison Nefale Branche. He has been charged with one count each of robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, wearing a mask in public and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and has been placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates as they are released.