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Bank robbery suspect killed in I-64 crash following police pursuit

Posted at 10:58 AM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 15:59:08-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A man died on the side of Interstate 64 in Short Pump Thursday morning after a police pursuit ended with a crash.

Chesterfield Police said the incident began with a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo bank on Amberdale Road in North Chesterfield.

Police said a man entered the bank at about 9:51 a.m., displayed a handgun and demanded money from a clerk. After receiving the money, the suspect fled the scene in a Nissan Xterra SUV.

“Responding officers located a suspect vehicle and pursued the vehicle. The pursuit continued into Richmond, where officers lost sight of the vehicle,” a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said. “A short time later, Virginia State Police located the vehicle in the city and the pursuit continued onto Interstate 64.”

Virginia State Police received a description of a suspect vehicle and identified it at approximately 10:10 a.m. on the Downtown Expressway/195.

"The pursuit continued onto Interstate 64 heading west in Henrico County. Near Exit 175 in Henrico County, the Nissan ran off the left side of Interstate 64 and overturned several times before coming to rest in the median," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said.

One of the people in the car was thrown from the vehicle. He died at the scene, according to police. A second person in the SUV suffered serious injuries.

Police believe the man killed in the crash is the suspect who entered the bank. That man has not been identified.

Chesterfield police have obtained warrants for the second vehicle occupant, identified as Dorell Taylor Jr., 27. Charges include conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Taylor remains in police custody at an area hospital.

The crash, which closed lanes on Interstate 64 for several hours, remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

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