Several arrested in connection to Newport News bank robbery, one faces charges for previous robbery

Posted at 10:39 AM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 16:43:05-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Newport News Police have arrested three suspects in connection to a bank robbery that occurred at BayPort Credit Union on Warwick Boulevard on Wednesday morning.

Kenneth Brown, 22. (Photo courtesy of the Newport News Police Department)

Police arrested Kenneth Brown, 22, of Hampton, and two juveniles in connection to the incident. The first was a 16-year-old male Newport News teen and the other was a 15-year-old male Hampton teen.

The robbery was reported to police at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers arrived and learned a man entered the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money. The man was given an undisclosed amount of money and he fled the bank.

No one was injured in the bank during the robbery.

Newport News Police officers were able to quickly locate the vehicle the robber fled in, which also contained several other people.

While officers were responding to the pursuit, a Newport News Police unit got into an accident with a Ford pickup truck at Operations Drive and Jefferson Avenue. No one was injured.

The vehicle failed to stop for officers and the pursuit proceeded onto I-64. It was eventually stopped thanks to a running road block and assistance from Virginia State Police.

Troopers and officers detained multiple people, who tried to escape, striking a VSP Trooper’s vehicle in the process. The Trooper was not injured.

Brown was charged with three counts of Robbery, two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Grand Larceny, Burglary and Obtaining Money by False Pretenses. Some of these charges are out of Hampton. The Hampton charges are in reference to a bank robbery that occurred on August 14 and a commercial business burglary that occurred on June 4.

On August 14 at approximately 9:37 a.m., dispatchers received a call in reference to a bank robbery that occurred at the Old Point National Bank located in the first block of West Mellen Street. The investigation revealed that Brown entered the bank, presented a note demanding money and threatened harm if the demands were not met. He fled the scene after receiving an undisclosed amount of money.

On June 4 at approximately 8 a.m., officers responded to the Metro PCS store located in the first block of North Mallory Street in reference to a business burglary complaint. Further investigation revealed that at approximately 2:59 a.m., Brown forced entry into the business and obtained multiple cell phones, an undisclosed amount of money and miscellaneous electronic equipment once inside. Brown then pawned the items from the burglary at a local pawn shop.

The teens were charged with Robbery and Conspiracy.

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