Man taken into custody after SWAT situation, bank robbery in Chesapeake

Jemsny Bonnet. Credit: Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office

Correction: Police officials initially identified the suspect as 25-year-old Jemsey Bennett. Officials sent out a correction Thursday saying his name is spelled Jemsny Bonnet.


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The suspect of an armed robbery at a Chesapeake bank was taken in to custody Wednesday evening following a SWAT situation.

After hours of negotiations at the Willow Point Condominiums, 25-year-old Jemsny Bonnet was taken into custody. 10 On Your Side was there as officers eventually entered a condo on Loose Strife Place, escorting Bonnet out with his hands behind his back. He did not resist, police said. Charges against him are pending.

The situation unfolded when Bonnet allegedly robbed the Wells Fargo in the 600 block of N. Battlefield Boulevard at 1:45 p.m. Witnesses said a suspect entered the bank armed with a handgun and demanded money. He received cash from the teller and ran from the scene. No one was hurt.

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The hours-long search for the suspect locked down a nearby neighborhood and delayed dismissal for some students at schools in the area.

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School officials say Oscar Smith High School was put on a precautionary lockdown around 2:30 p.m. as police searched the Riverwalk subdivision, which is near the Wells Fargo. Students at Oscar Smith High, Crestwood Intermediate and Crestwood Middle who live in the Riverwalk area were not dismissed, while other students who do not live in the Riverwalk neighborhood were allowed to go home. School staff reached out to parents of students who were held at school. The lockdown was lifted for all schools shortly before 5:30 p.m., police say.

Police initially told 10 On Your Side officers were searching for the suspect in the Riverwalk community. Later, authorities said their investigation focused on the Willow Point Condominiums.

10 On Your Side was there as officers spoke over a megaphone, requesting Bonnet come out with his hands up. Eventually, authorities used some sort of non-lethal weapon, possibly tear gas, and stated that they had a search warrant for the residence.

“Things like that don’t happen here,” said one shocked neighbor.

Several people living near the unit in question were unable to get into their homes until the situation ended around 8:30 p.m.

A woman who lives next to the unit where Bonnet was taken into custody told 10 On Your Side that two men lived there as roommates.

Stay tuned to WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.