Bank teller helps with arrest of robbery suspect accused of using bomb threats as diversion


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Last week brought a moment that one Newport News bank teller will never forget.

“I felt like my life was in 100 percent complete danger,” said the teller, who asked 10 On Your Side not to reveal her identity. 

This bank teller says she hasn’t been able to sleep in a week.  She lives in constant fear after having a gun stuck in her face during a robbery last week.

“The first thing he said was ‘throw your (expletive) hands in the air. Get your hands in the air where I can see them,”‘ she added.

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The teller was working behind the counter at the Virginia Educator’s Credit Union last Wednesday.  Police say Oscar Alston came into the bank with a mask and gun.  He then jumped the counter.

“He kind of pushed me back with the gun and he says ‘give me all your (expletive) money,'” she added.

Police say Alston had just called in five bomb threats in Newport News and Hampton.  According to court paperwork, he was hoping to distract officers from the robbery.

“I picked up a bunch of rolled change and kind of slide the GPS money under it and I threw that in after I had thrown all my other money in,” she said.

Alston didn’t realize when he left the bank he was being tracked by police.  He was arrested less than 10 minutes later.

“As soon as he jumped over the counter with a gun I knew he was with an intent to kill,” the teller added. “I felt there was an intent to kill. I don’t know if the gun was loaded.”

The teller hasn’t been back to work since and she says she is disappointed at the lack of support by management.  

“Rather than them expressing concern or completely understanding, they are acting like I’m wrong that I shouldn’t feel way I feel,” she said.

10 On Your Side spoke with management, which says the teller has been offered support.   A claim she says never happened.

“It was over $20,000 he got away with,” the teller added.  “Every single penny is going to come back to the branch once the investigation is complete.  I haven’t gotten a thank you.”

Alston is facing those robbery charges in Newport News, plus the bomb threat charges in both Hampton and Newport News.  He remains in jail without bond.

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