Police: Suspect robs customer, credit union in Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police in Newport News say a suspect robbed a 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union and one of its customers at gunpoint Monday morning.

Police on Facebook said a branch on Warwick Boulevard was robbed before 10 a.m. A man in a mask reportedly entered the bank armed with a gun and demanded money.

Newport News Police Officer Brandon Maynard said, “When he entered the bank, the customer was actually in the process of opening an account and that’s when he also robbed her.”

The man fled on foot northbound toward Warwick, police say. Police also say this credit union was also robbed on February 11.

The suspect was wearing a green short-sleeve shirt with a white and yellow emblem, khaki pants, a long-sleeve black shirt, white shoes, a black mask and pink gloves.

Police say no one was hurt, but people who live in the area are concerned.

“It’s a very scary thing. Very scary,” said Vickie Crowley, who stopped by the Credit Union to check on one of her friends who is a teller at the bank.

Crowley hadn’t been able to get in touch with her friend since the robbery happened.

She said, “I’m really concerned about if she was okay. This is a scary thing to happen. There’s been a lot of stuff going on in different places and it’s not good, so you worry about the people you know and love.”

Police say those involved handled it well.

“As a customer, try to stay calm, do what the person tells you to do,” said Officer Maynard. “Don’t make any sudden moves or try to be brave, do what the subject tells you to do.”

Police say they are relying on the public’s help to get this man behind bars.

“There’s always somebody out there who sees something,” said Officer Maynard.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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