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String of USPS Robberies Leads to Arrest, Police Seek Additional Suspect

(WYDaily/Courtesy JCCPD)
(WYDaily/Courtesy JCCPD)

JAMES CITY COUNTY — An investigation into a series of armed robbery calls involving United States Postal Service delivery drivers has led to the arrest of a man in Virginia Beach, the James City County Police Department announced Friday.

On Thursday, July 20, the James City County Police Department (JCCPD) responded to multiple armed robbery calls involving United States Postal Service (USPS) delivery drivers. According to police, the incidents occurred at approximately 1:10 p.m. in the 900 block of Coleman Drive and at 2 p.m. in the 3700 block of Steeplechase Way.

Police said it was evident that the same suspect and vehicle were involved, and the suspect fled eastbound.

About 30-60 minutes after the James City County incidents, the suspect committed a similar robbery against a USPS driver in Hampton, police said.

During their investigation, Hampton Police Division detectives discovered the vehicle used in the commission of the robberies was a rental issued on July 19 to Chanz L. Pough, who is approximately 20 years old and with a last known address in Maryland.

According to officials, detectives from the Virginia Beach Police Department then notified JCCPD that a suspect matching the description was observed at an apartment complex in Virginia Beach along with the rental vehicle used in the crimes.

Hampton detectives obtained a search warrant, and the Virginia Beach SWAT Team executed a search, collecting several pieces of evidence, JCCPD said. The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Dashawn Evans-McCloud, was the lone occupant of the apartment.

Evans-McCloud was transported to the James City County Law Enforcement Center for questioning and subsequently arrested by detectives for the crimes committed in James City County and Hampton. He faces charges including robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and two counts of wearing a mask in public.

Evans-McCloud is currently being held at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bail, and the United States Postal Service is expected to prosecute the case federally, police said.

Pough is wanted in connection with the crimes. His location is currently unknown.

JCCPD thanked the Hampton Police Division, the Virginia Beach Police Department, and USPS Postal Inspectors for their assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Pough is asked to contact Investigator English at 757-603-6033 or logan.english@jamescitycountyva.gov. Tipsters may also call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit tips online at p3tips.com. Callers to the Crime Line and P3 Tips users may remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

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