Pursuit of bank robbery suspects ends in Virginia Beach crash

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – The search for the suspects in a Chesapeake bank robbery resulted in a chase and a crash Thursday afternoon.

Photos: Viewer images of chase and crash

It all began with a robbery at the Southern Bank in the 1300 block of Greenbrier Pkwy. at noon. According to MPO Kelly O’Sullivan, police located the suspect vehicle a short while later and tried to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop.

Officers continued to chase the vehicle into Virginia Beach, where it ultimately crashed at the intersection of Indian River Road and Reon Drive.

“I’ve never seen so many cops in my life,” said Andy Little, who watched the chaos unfold from Barber’s Tire & Auto near the crash scene.

WAVY News 10’s Joe Fisher reports from the scene that police say the suspects attempted to run after the crash, but officers quickly caught up with them and took both men into custody.

The suspects, 37-year-old Scott Rhodes and 42-year-old Ronald Lovelace were both charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

“There were like 20 cops cars chasing him,” said Little. “He then apparently got back on the interstate, came back around, got off again, went through the neighborhood.”

Police say the men are also accused of robbing the the Chesapeake Bank @TLANTIC at 1580 Crossways Boulevard on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

In both robberies, Lovelace was the driver and Rhodes was the one who entered each bank and demanded money.

Little says it’s a blessing no injuries were reported given the excessive speed of the suspect’s vehicle.

“He could have ran people over and everything,” said Little.”I was worried about him running over my tires and stuff because he was up over curbs and darting on other sides and lanes.”

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