Suspect arrested within minutes of Richmond bank robbery

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Suspect arrested within minutes of Richmond bank robbery
All photos courtesy of the Richmond Police Department.

A man suspected of robbing the Wells Fargo Bank in the 4300 block of Macdonald Avenue (near Target) was arrested just five minutes after the crime thanks to an observant police sergeant.

The bank robbery was reported at 1:04 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. The bank teller provided a description of the robber but did not know where he fled after the heist, police said.

Five minutes later, Richmond police Sgt. Miguel Castillo saw a person matching the description provided by the teller walking several blocks away, in the 400 block of 37th Street.

The suspect saw the police sergeant and “immediately attempted to avoid contact with him by walking into a nearby store,” police said.

The sergeant and fellow officers converged on the store and took the suspect into custody without incident, police said, adding that he was still in possession of the cash he stole from the bank. The suspect was later positively identified as the bank robbery suspect by the teller, police said.