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Thursday, July 09, 2015

U.S. Marshals Arrest Armed Bank Robbery Suspect

Norfolk, VA – United States Marshal Robert W. Mathieson announces the capture of Jerry Cooper. Cooper was wanted by Norfolk Police Department for the armed robbery of Bank of Hampton Roads which occurred last Friday.

Shortly before 2:00 P.M. on July 3, 2015, Norfolk Police Department responded to a commercial robbery alarm at the Bank of Hampton Roads, located at 4037 East Little Creek Road. Norfolk Police confirmed the bank was robbed, and released a photo and description of the bank robber. Thanks to tips received from the public, Cooper was later identified as the suspect. Warrants were obtained charging Cooper with the following felonies: Entering bank armed with intent to commit larceny, robbery, use or display firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

On the afternoon of July 7, 2015, investigators developed information that Cooper was working at a location near Argonne Avenue and Cromwell Drive in Norfolk. Norfolk officers and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force responded to the location and took Cooper into custody without incident.

Cooper is currently being held at Norfolk City Jail.

The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency, arrested more than 33,700 federal fugitives, 71,000 state and local fugitives and 11,600 sex offenders in 2014. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.

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