Woman charged with bank robbery spree denied bond

Posted at 1:11 PM, Sep 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-20 13:11:46-04

CHESTERFIELD, Va (WTVR) -- The woman Chesterfield Police said is responsible for four bank robberies, appeared via video conferencing from jail inside a Chesterfield courtroom today.  Touwana Tate-Edwards, 48, was appointed defense attorney Sharon Fitzgerald.  Today's arraignment hearing comes a day after Tate-Edwards was arrested in relation to robbing four Chesterfield County banks.

Tate-Edwards has been charged with four counts of robbery, four counts of entering a bank with intent to commit larceny, one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of threats to bomb or damage a building.

Tate-Edwards is accused of carrying out the robbery spree solo, police said.  Investigators tell CBS 6 News the suspect was caught on surveillance video holding up the four separate banks, beginning in July and ending this month. 

  • At the Wells Fargo bank branch at 4400 W. Hundred Road at about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.
  • At the Bank of Southside Virginia branch at 4310 W. Hundred Road at about 4 p.m. on Monday, August 6.
  • At the Virginia Commonwealth Bank branch at 4600 W. Hundred Road at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 13.
  • At the Virginia Credit Union branch at 13025 Jefferson Davis Highway at about 4:20 p.m. on Friday, September 7.

Detectives said Tate-Edwards was caught, after police responded to a street robbery in her neighborhood.  Captain Brad Badgerow said detectives were canvassing the area, knocking on doors, when they came across Tate-Edwards.  Her description, Badgerow said was similar to the bank robber who managed to escape capture for several months.  Investigators learned Tate-Edwards was already wanted for larceny.  Following her arrest on the unrelated charge, Badgerow said Tate-Edwards confessed to the string of robberies.

Police said during the crime spree Tate-Edwards was able to get away with less than $10,000 and so far the stolen money has not been recovered.

The judge denied Tate-Edwards bond today.  Her next court date is set for October 29, at 1:00 p.m.