2nd suspect in Va. Beach bank robbery arrested

Rory Duke Diggs (left) and John Anthony Lewis (Photos: Virginia Beach Police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A manhunt that started with a bank robbery and lead to a shootout with law enforcement Friday morning is still on. Virginia Beach police arrested a second suspect early Saturday morning, but investigators say there’s another man on the loose.

Photos: Search for Va. Beach robbery suspects

Officers arrested Rory Duke Diggs, 43, several hours after he and two others allegedly held up a Wells Fargo on General Booth Boulevard. Authorities said the three hit the bank and then escaped in a Chevrolet Blazer. A state trooper saw the SUV speeding some time later and tried to pull the vehicle over, but it refused to stop. The officer chased it into a dead end street – Mansion Cross Lane.

According to eyewitnesses, that’s when the gunfire began. The three suspects shot at the trooper grazing his head with a bullet. At some point, two of the accused bank robbers ran off leaving one man in the Blazer. That suspect spun the SUV around and drove past the officer continuing to fire shots at him. The injured state police officer was taken to a local hospital and released Friday night. Diggs was arrested shortly after the shootout.

Story: Eyewitnesses recount shootout between suspects and trooper

Rory Duke Diggs (left) and John Anthony Lewis (photos provided by the VBPD.
Rory Duke Diggs (left) and John Anthony Lewis (photos provided by the VBPD.

John Anthony Lewis, 41, was arrested around 3 a.m. Dec. 6 without incident. A source tells WAVY.com crime scene was up on Breezewood Arch in the early morning hours on Saturday. Lewis is from the 5200 block of Breezewood, according to a Virginia Beach Police Department press release.

10 On Your Side’s Ava Hurdle talked to neighbors of Lewis, who told WAVY.com the neighborhood is usually quiet.

I mean everyone goes in their house, doesn’t say much and find out he lived right there – not far away from where it all happened – that’s pretty crazy,” said Michael Bertram, a neighbor.

Police have not said which of the suspects arrested ran or drove the vehicle.

Diggs and Lewis are charged with three counts of robbery and three counts of use of a firearm. Diggs faces an additional charge – attempting to commit a capital offense. Detectives said releasing mugshots now could hinder the investigation. They ask anyone with information regarding the third suspect to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

The FBI’s office in Norfolk said they believe Lewis, Diggs and the third suspect are connected to a dozen other bank robberies in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach since 2011.

Story: FBI: Va. Beach manhunt suspects connected to 12 bank heists

10 On Your Side dug into our archives and found every report of the robberies these three men are suspected in. In a couple cases, only one suspect committed the crime. Also, when it was just a single robber, he would usually jump over the counter and fill up a duffel bag. Not one teller got a good look at the faces of the suspects.

Virginia Beach banks:

  • 1/11/11: Bank of America, 3333 Virginia Beach Boulevard
  • 11/4/11: Bank of America, 3333 Virginia Beach Boulevard
  • 4/13/12: BB&T, 1300 North Great Neck Road
  • 5/9/12: Bank of America, 1125 Nimmo Parkway
  • 9/18/12: Bank of America 4616 Virginia Beach Boulevard
  • 1/15/13: Wells Fargo, 5284 Providence Road
  • 5/10/13: Wells Fargo, 5284 Providence Road
  • 8/7/13: Wells Fargo, 2677 Virginia Beach Boulevard

Chesapeake banks:

  • 1/11/12: Wells Fargo 111 Gainsborough Square
  • 3/19/12: BB&T, 825 Volvo Parkway
  • 10/23/13: Wells Fargo, 821 N. Battlefield Boulevard
  • 5/16/14: Wells Fargo, 672 N. Battlefield Boulevard

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