16-Year-Old Held In Bank Robbery

HPD Still Investigating Possible Link To Second City Heist

Posted: July 6, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Two days after a gunman robbed a South High Street bank Monday, Harrisonburg police arrested a 16-year-old city boy for the crime, police announced Friday.

The juvenile was charged with felony robbery in connection with the holdup of the BB&T branch at 1900 S. High St.

Police, who are not releasing the suspect’s name because of his age, say additional charges are forthcoming.

“This successful investigation would not have occurred had it not been for the assistance from the citizens of the City of Harrisonburg,” said Lt. Chris Rush, commander of the Harrisonburg Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, in a statement.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, police said, a light-skinned black or Hispanic man entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say there were similarities between Monday’s robbery and one on April 5 at the Bank of America at 79 University Blvd. The April holdup had been the last bank robbery in the city.

“The Harrisonburg Police Department continues to investigate and compare the most recent bank robbery to the one that took place in April at the Bank of America,” Rush said in the statement. “Investigators will determine if there are similarities and links between these two incidents.” 

Wednesday’s arrest came the same day SWAT teams converged on a Rockingham County mobile home park just outside Harrisonburg’s city limits.

HPD investigators and evidence technicians were seen about 2:30 p.m. going through at least one home in the mobile home park, located off Opal Drive southwest of the city. The trailer park is about a mile from the bank.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call the HPD Criminal Investigations Division at 437-2640.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers at (540) 574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com

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