HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police are investigating a bank robbery and related carjacking.
Police say the robbery was reported around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Two suspects went into the bank, demanded money at gunpoint, and then left through the back of the shopping center after getting the cash.
Bethel High School, which is right across the street, was on lockdown for 35 minutes Thursday morning, according Hampton Schools spokesperson Diana Gulotta.
Less than 30 minutes later, dispatchers were alerted to a carjacking in the first block of Hackberry Place. Investigators say the two crimes are related. The bank robbery suspects went up to a white Ford F-150 pickup truck and stole the vehicle. The truck has a black tool rack. The person in the truck was not injured.
Neighbors, like Gwendolyn Francis, were unnerved by the morning’s events.
“I felt safe and secure the whole time [I’ve lived here], until now,” she said.
Francis said earlier this year, her son’s car was stolen. A thief took it yards away from where Thursday’s carjacking happened.
“I hope we aren’t heading for the wild, wild west, where people are going to take up arms just to protect themselves and their property.”
Police have not released any surveillance images of the suspects yet.
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