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A woman is now in custody and facing multiple felony charges after being apprehended within thirty minutes of robbing a bank. On Jan. 24, at 5 p.m., James City County Police responded to a hold-up alarm at Citizens & Farmers Bank at 7534 Richmond Road. The suspect fled the scene on foot into the wooded area behind the bank before police arrived. A detailed suspect description was quickly compiled, and a thorough search of the surrounding area began. At 5:30 p.m., law enforcement located a pedestrian matching the suspect's description near the Richmond and Croaker Roads intersection.
The suspect was identified as Katherine Esposito, a 19-year-old woman from James City County. Esposito entered the bank and handed an employee a note stating that the bank was being robbed and that she had a firearm and a bomb. Thousands of dollars were stolen, and Esposito left the bank heading toward the woods; she was found by police shortly after, and the stolen cash was recovered. Esposito was arrested and taken in for further questioning at the Law Enforcement Center.
Following an interview conducted by James City County Police Detectives, Esposito was formally charged with Robbery, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, and Threats to Bomb or Damage Buildings – all felonies. Esposito was denied bond and taken to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
James City County Police commend the Officers and Detectives who expeditiously investigated this crime and brought charges against the offender.
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