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This felon admitted to robbing a York County bank in May

Russel Hudgins, a previously-convicted felon, entered the Citizens and Farmers Bank in Yorktown May 16, 2018 wearing a black knit cap, tattoo sleeve and a fake brown beard. (WYDaily/Courtesy of York Poquoson Sheriff's Office)
Russel Hudgins, a felon, entered the Citizens and Farmers Bank in Yorktown May 16, 2018 wearing a black knit cap, tattoo sleeve and a fake brown beard. (WYDaily/Courtesy of York Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

A Newport News man admitted robbing two banks in the Tidewater area, including one in Yorktown.

Russell Hudgins, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a Department of Justice news release.

Hudgins and a co-defendant, Roscoe Freeman, 33, conspired to rob two banks in the area in May: a Citizens and Farmers Bank in Yorktown on May 16 and an Old Point National Bank in Isle of Wight County on May 18, according to the news release.

Hudgins, a felon, entered the Citizens and Farmers Bank wearing a black knit cap, tattoo sleeve and a fake brown beard.

He demanded money from a teller, saying “You know what time it is. Give me 10s, 20s and large,” according to the news release.

He took $1,786 that day, and Freeman served as the getaway driver.

On May 18, Freeman and Hudgins went to the Old Point National Bank in Isle of Wight County. Hudgins entered the bank again wearing a tattoo sleeve and a beard, then demanded all the money in the teller’s drawer.

He left with $1,629 and a GPS tracker, according to the news release.

Freeman was caught after a car chase, but Hudgins ran from the scene and hid until authorities found him at his house later that day.

Hudgins faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15, 2019.

In 2007, Hudgins was convicted of armed carjacking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the news release.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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