ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – A man has been arrested following an armed robbery and police pursuit Friday evening that started in Elizabeth City and ended in Chesapeake.
According to a news release, officers responded to the First Bank located at 416 S. Hughes Blvd around 10:09 a.m. for a report of a bank robbery.
When officers arrived on the scene, they were told that a black man wearing a black mask, blue gloves, and a dark sweatshirt entered the bank, handed the teller a note, and demanded money. Police were then told the suspect, later identified as 54-year-old John Speller III, fled in what was described as an older model silver Chevy Impala heading north on US Highway 7.
Deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle matching the description traveling at a high rate of speed. Speller refused to stop for the deputies and continued traveling north.
Speller then continued to flee into Virginia. Chesapeake Police officers assisted with the pursuit and deployed a tire deflation device to stop the vehicle on Route 17 near Cornland Road.
Speller was taken into custody at 10:34 a.m. and is being held under a fugitive warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon in Elizabeth City.
The investigation is still ongoing.