Bank robbery suspect who died in crash was wanted for multiple crimes

Bank robbery suspect dies in crash after leading police on pursuit

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - One person has died following a police chase and crash on I-64 involving a bank robbery suspect.

Chesterfield police were called for a robbery at Wells Fargo on Amberdale Drive at 9:51 a.m. A man entered the bank, passed a note to the clerk demanding money and displayed a handgun. After receiving money, he fled the bank. No one was injured during the robbery.

Officers identified a suspect vehicle and a pursuit began which continued into Richmond before officers lost sight of the vehicle.

A Virginia State Police trooper located the vehicle, a black Nissan XTerra, on the Downtown Expressway in Richmond and the pursuit continued onto I-64.

The vehicle crashed and then overturned several times in the median.

Antoine Deangelo Thomas, 36, of Richmond, was ejected from the vehicle. Henrico police administered CPR but Thomas died at the scene. Another man in the vehicle, identified as Dorell Taylor Jr, 27, of Richmond, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Chesterfield police said Thomas was the man who entered the bank. Warrants have been obtained against Taylor on charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Taylor remains in police custody in the hospital.

Thomas was featured in NBC12′s Most Wanted Wednesday a day before his death for a robbery of a Wells Fargo on Hopkins Road in August. Police believe Thomas is connected to a series of armed street robberies, including one earlier in the week.

Antoine Thomas.
Antoine Thomas. (Source: Richmond Police Department)

No law enforcement officers were injured in this incident. The crash closed I-64 westbound for more than an hour. The bank was also closed.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660.

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