Suspects detained after displaying suspicious device in Virginia Beach bank robbery

Posted at 7:17 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 21:23:16-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Two suspects have been detained after a bank robbery in Virginia Beach Friday evening.

Officials say that they received calls around 6 p.m. about a bank robbery at the PNC Bank at 2422 Princess Anne Rd.

One of the suspects entered the bank displaying a handgun and carrying a suspicious device. The suspect demanded money and discharged the firearm into the ceiling. As the suspect exited the bank, he dropped the suspicious device onto the floor.

It was previously reported that the device was an explosive and that it detonated, causing minor damage to the bank. However, after further investigation by members of the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Bomb Squad, it was determined that the object was not a threat.

As the suspect fled the scene, officers responding to the call spotted the suspect’s vehicle.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle and detained the suspect and another person in the vehicle at the intersection of Round Hill Dr. and Elbow Rd. The role of the other suspect that was taken into custody is unclear at this time.

The portion of Elbow Rd. between Round Hill Dr. and Indian River Rd. has been reopened.

No one was injured in this incident. Robbery detectives are currently speaking to the two persons of interest.

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