2014 bank robbery suspect returned to county
STEVENSVILLE — The suspect in the April 2014 armed robbery at the Bank of America in Stevensville was picked up in Virginia by deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and returned to Queen Anne’s County on June 15. Athena Lau Yancey, 35, of Virginia Beach has been charged with armed robbery, use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime, and theft $1,000 to $10,000.
On April 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. a robber entered the bank in Stevensville and demanded money at the teller window. No weapon was displayed, but the robber indicated there was one. Upon getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled on foot toward Route 18. None of the bank employees or customers in the bank were harmed.
The robber was described as a white female wearing a wig, baseball hat, dark sunglasses, white long sleeve shirt and brown shorts.
Witnesses in the area reported seeing a dark colored Honda passenger car possibly with Virginia plates parked for an extended time nearby. Evidence at the scene eventually linked the robbery to Yancey, police said.
Yancey was arrested on April 17, 2014, for a bank robbery in North Carolina. On March 2, 2015, the sheriff’s office filed a detainer for Yancey with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. Yancey was later transferred to Norfolk, Va., on charges there, and again a detainer was filed. For an unknown reason, Yancey was released by Virginia without Queen Anne’s County being notified.
Last week, the Norfolk Police Department received a tip that Yancey was a wanted person and working a pizza shop. After verifying the warrant, Norfolk PD Warrant Unit took Yancey into custody at work.
Yancey is currently being held the Queen Anne’s Detention Center without bail.
ATHENA LAU YANCEY