2014 bank rob­bery sus­pect re­turned to county

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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.


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