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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Police: Williamsburg man robbed a Newport News bank

James Robert Crowder WYDaily/Courtesy of Newport News Police)
James Robert Crowder WYDaily/Courtesy of Newport News Police)

A Williamsburg man has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Newport News.

Newport News Police identified the suspect as James Robert Crowder, 32.

Authorities said officers responded to the Old Point National Bank in the 13800 block of Warwick Boulevard on a report of a robbery Thursday at 1:09 p.m.

There, bank employees told police a man went inside the bank, “implied he had a firearm, and demanded money,” authorities said.

The suspect left after taking money. No injuries were reported.

A description of the man and a vehicle was provided and officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Tabbs Lane and Warwick Boulevard.

One of the occupants in the car was Crowder.

“After further investigation, it was revealed that Mr. Crowder committed the robbery at the Old Point National Bank,” police said in a news release.

Police did not elaborate.

Crowder is charged with three counts of abduction and one count each of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police did not disclose how much money was taken, but noted all of the money was recovered.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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