Saturday, January 22, 2022

Police: This 19-year-old woman robbed and threatened to blow up a Norfolk bank

NORFOLK – A local woman has been arrested for allegedly robbing and threatening blow up a bank off Colley Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Symphany S. Dawson, 19, of the 1000 block of West 39th Street, is charged with one count each of robbery, wearing a mask in public, threaten to bomb, and possession of a hoax bomb, authorities said.

Police said Wednesday afternoon once detectives have completed interviewing Dawson, she will be taken to the Norfolk City Jail where she will be held without bond.

Officers were sent to Southern Bank, 4815 Colley Ave. shortly after a report of a bank robbery around 10:35 a.m.

The suspect, later identified as Dawson, was found in the 800 block of West 48th Street near Killiam Avenue. She was taken into custody without incident, police said.

During the investigation, bank employees told officers a woman wearing a mask entered the bank, handed the teller a note that implied she had a bomb and demanded money. The teller complied, and the woman left the bank on foot.

There were no injuries reported.

When Dawson was taken into custody, police found she had a “suspicious package.” As a result, the Norfolk Police and Fire-Rescue bomb squad was called to the scene.

The road was closed for several hours while the bomb squad investigated the package, police said.

“Around 1 p.m., bomb squad personnel deemed the package to be a hoax bomb,” police wrote in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

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