UPDATE - Bank Robbery - PNC Bank

Friday, October 13, 2017

UPDATE​:  October 17, 2017 10:07 a.m.

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection to the October 13, 2017 robbery of the PNC Bank.

Marquis Larosa Buckley, 40, of the 1200 block of Palmetto Avenue, Brunswick, GA.  Buckely has been charged with Three counts of Robbery.

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Austin Lee Howard, 34, of the 600 block of Aubrey Drive, Virginia Beach.  Howard is charged with two counts of Robbery, two counts of Use of a Firearm and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.

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Additionally,  Buckley has been charged with two counts of Robbery, five counts of Use of a Firearm, Threatening to Bomb, two counts of Entering a Bank with the Intent to Commit a Felony, two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Explosive Material.  These charges stem from a robbery of the Fulton Bank that occurred on October 4, 2017 at 3545 Dam Neck Road.  https://www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=3475&title=armed+robbery+-+fulton+bank​  

Both Buckely and Howard are being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center with out bond. 


UPDATE & CORRECTION:  October 13, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

Investigators have determined that the suspect entered the bank displaying a handgun and carrying a suspicious device.  The suspect demanded money and discharged the firearm into the ceiling.  As the suspect was exiting the bank, he dropped the device onto the floor.  The device did not detonate as initially​ reported.  Members of the Virginia Beach Police Department's Bomb Squad responded and it was definitively determined that the object was not a threat. 

Robbery detectives are currently speaking to the two persons of interest that were located on Elbow Road. 

Elbow Road is back open to normal traffic​.



Friday, October 13, 2017 at approximately 5:55 p.m., Emergency Communications received a report of a bank robbery at the PNC Bank located at 2422 Princess Anne Road.  It was reported that a man entered the bank and demanded money.  As the suspect was exiting the bank, he dropped a device that detonated causing minor damage.  No injuries were reported.  The suspect fled the scene.   Moments later responding officers spotted the suspect vehicle and were able to stop it near Road Hill Drive and Elbow Road.  Two people have been taken into custody without incident.

Elbow Road is closed between Road Hill Drive and Indian River Road to ensure the safety of the surrounding community while members of the Virginia Beach Police Bomb Squad try to determine if any other devises are in the vehicle.

Additional details will be provided once they become available.