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The man who called in this bomb threat is the same man who robbed a Newport News credit union, police say

The General District Courthouse was evacuated Wednesday after someone called in a bomb threat, police said. (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Hampton Police)
The General District Courthouse was evacuated Wednesday after someone called in a bomb threat, police said. (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Hampton Police)

HAMPTON  —Police here said the man who called in a bomb threat that caused an evacuation of the General District Courthouse Wednesday is the same man who robbed a Virginia Educators Credit Union in Newport News shortly before noon the same day.

Oscar Von Alston II, 31, of Newport News, is charged two counts of threatening to bomb. He is being held the Newport News Jail without bond.

Alsoton is also charged (in Newport News) with 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.

Authorities said the threat report came in at 11:31 a.m. The Courthouse is in the 200 block of North King Street.

Police said the suspect “contacted the court and indicated an alleged threat to the courthouse.”

Hampton Police Officers and crews from the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, and as a precautionary measure, everyone inside the General District Courthouse were evacuated.

“A sweep of the courthouse was completed and there were no suspicious devices located,” said police Cpl. Ashley Jenrette.

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

Threatening to bomb is a class 5 felony which can carry a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 10 years, and a fine of not more than $2,500.

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Police in Newport News said Alston, who was armed with a gun, went into the Virginia Educators Credit Union shortly before noon Wednesday, jumped the counter and took cash.

He was arrested during a traffic stop in the area of 74th Street and Chestnut Avenue 15 minutes later, police said.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) 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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