HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A police chase involving bank robbery suspects from Chesterfield came to an end Thursday afternoon following a deadly crash on Interstate-64 west in Henrico County. Virginia State Police said one of the men in the car leading the pursuit died after the vehicle ran off the interstate and overturned multiple times.
Chesterfield Police told 8News their officers responded to a robbery at the Wells Fargo bank on Amberdale Drive in North Chesterfield County just before 10 a.m. They say a man entered the bank, passed a note to the clerk demanding money and displayed a handgun. After receiving the cash, the suspect fled. A police pursuit with the suspect vehicle began and continued to downtown Richmond, where officers lost sight of the vehicle.
A Virginia State Police trooper located the vehicle in the city at 10:10 a.m., and the pursuit continued onto I-64. The suspect vehicle, a Nissan Xterra, eventually ran off the the left side of I-64 west and “overturned several times before coming to rest in the median,” state police said.
State Police said Thursday that the man who was killed in the crash was ejected from the vehicle, and was the same man who entered the bank.
Authorities attempted CPR until the medics arrived but the man, identified as Antonie Deangelo Thomas, died at the scene, according to police. He was a 36-year-old from Richmond.
Chesterfield police have warrants for the second person in the vehicle, identified as Dorell Taylor Jr., 27, for conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He remains in police custody while at the hospital.
State Police told 8News an investigation is underway and charges are pending.
The Wells Fargo is just yards away from what neighbors call a ‘quiet, North Chesterfield neighborhood.’ Neighbors who saw police investigating say they were shocked by the scene.
“I was surprised when I saw police cars,” Cynthia Al-Anezi, who visits the neighborhood often told 8News Thursday. “I was very surprised. Then I thought, Huh? What is going on?”
She tells 8News it was something out of the ordinary. “Typically, that’s not what happens around here. At all. At all.”
Others say while they were taken off-guard, it’s important to always be prepared.
“Things happen everywhere,” Sharon Boswell said. “So, unless you’re going to get up under a rock. You know, it’s life. Things happen.”
A portion of Interstate 64 west in Henrico County was closed due to the crash. VDOT cameras showed traffic backups beginning near mile marker 176, located one mile west of I-295.
At one point, all lanes of I-64 west were closed and traffic was being diverted onto westbound Broad Street. Shortly before noon, the right and center lanes reopened. The left lane remains closed as police continue to investigate. Drivers should continue to expect traffic delays.
No other injuries were reported, state police said.
This is a developing news story; check back for updates.