September 5, 2021

Bank Robbery Suspect Taken into Custody

​VIRGINIA BEACH. Va.- A bank robbery suspect was taken into custody within 15 minutes of committing the crime due to officer's awareness and quick response.

On September 4, 2021 at 12:14 p.m. Virginia Beach Emergency Communications (VBECCS) received a report that the Navy Federal Credit Union, located at 5193 Shore Drive had just been robbed. The suspect had entered the bank, indicated he had a weapon and demanded cash. The suspect then fled with undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency. A suspect description was broadcast as well as a direction of travel. Officers converged on the area; a person matching the description of the suspect was seen in a vehicle that was stopped in traffic at the intersection of Independence Blvd. and Haygood Road. Multiple officers instructed the suspect to exit the vehicle. The suspect refused, and brandished a large, edged weapon towards the officers. Officers successfully deployed "Stop Sticks" prior to the suspect fleeing again, puncturing two of the suspect vehicle tires. He continued driving until he was intercepted again by additional police units in the 4600 block of Haygood Road. The suspected refused to comply with further directions and was still displaying the edged weapon. Officers ultimately utilized a Taser to take the suspect into custody. After receiving medical treatment for the Taser exposure, the suspect was transported to the Virginia Beach City Jail, where he remains in custody. No citizens or officers were injured during this incident.

The suspect is identified as 45-year-old Jonathan Dwayne Perry, of Norfolk, Va. He has been charged with robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, eluding police, and obstructing justice.

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