Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Newport News man caught 15 minutes after allegedly robbing credit union

Oscar Von Alston II (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Newport News Police)
Oscar Von Alston II (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Newport News Police)

NEWPORT NEWS — The man police believe robbed a Virginia Educators Credit Union here shortly before noon Wednesday, is now facing a plethora of felony charges, including three counts of making a bomb/burn threat.

Oscar Von Alston II, 31, of Newport News, also is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, wearing a mask in certain places and entering armed with intent to commit a felony.

He is being held without bond in the Newport News Jail. Hampton Police said Alston called in a bomb threat that caused an evacuation of the General District Courthouse Wednesday morning in Hampton.

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

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

At the time of the incident there were five Newport News Public School students taking a financial class at the bank. The students were in a separate room and were not harmed.

Bank employees also were not injured, police said.

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

“Thank you to our officers and detectives who worked diligently to apprehend the suspect in less than 15 minutes from when the alarm activation was received,” Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said. “Because of their attentiveness and expertise, the victims have closure and know the person responsible is in custody.”

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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