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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Armed man robs credit union, police say

NEWPORT NEWS — Police said a man robbed a Virginia Educators Credit Union here shortly before noon Wednesday.

Dispatchers fielded a call about an alarm activation at the credit union at around 11:55 a.m. As police were approaching the location in 800 block of Main Street, the call was upgraded to a robbery.

Police said the suspect, who was armed with a gun, went into the bank, jumped the counter and took cash.

He was “taken into custody” during a traffic stop in in the area of 74th Street and Chestnut Avenue, police said.

“There were no injuries to the bank employees or the five Newport News School students that were taking a financial class inside,” said Master Police Officer Brandon Maynard, Newport News Police spokesman. “The students were in a separate room inside the bank during the robbery.”

Information about the suspect’s identity and charges was not immediately released.

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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