Newport News man pleads guilty for role in two area bank robberies


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) –  A Newport News man has admitted to his role in two different bank robberies in 2018. 

According to court documents, 34-year-old Russell Hudgins of Newport News and his co-defendant Roscoe Freeman, 33, conspired to rob two banks in the Tidewater area.

On May 16, Hudgins entered the Citizens and Farmers Bank in Yorktown wearing a black knit cap, a tattoo sleeve, and a fake brown beard. Hudgins then demanded money from the teller saying,  “You know what time it is. Give me 10s, 20s and large.”  The total amount stolen was $1,786.00. 

Two days later on May 18, Hudgins entered the Old Point National Bank in Isle of Wight County again wearing a tattoo sleeve and a beard.  He demanded all of the money in the teller’s drawer and left the bank with $1,629 and a GPS tracker.

Hudgins was pulled over by police, but he fled on foot.  Hudgins was apprehended later that day when officers found him at his home. 

“Hudgins is a violent criminal who poses a danger to our communities and those in law enforcement trying to keep us safe,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “His significant criminal history includes grand larceny, hit and run, and now bank robbery. With the assistance of our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, we are committed to removing violent criminals like Hudgins from our streets.”

Hudgins was previously convicted of grand larceny, contempt of court, hit and run and was convicted in 2007 for armed carjacking and possession of a firearm in a crime of violence. Hudgins was on federal supervision at the time of the two robberies.

Hudgins pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of bank robbery and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison when sentenced on April 15, 2019. 

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