Update: Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in CharlottesvillePosted: Updated:
The man suspected of robbing Union Bank & Trust is in custody after spending hours Tuesday holed up in a Charlottesville home surrounded by police.
Charlottesville police say they were en route to a home in the 500 block of 6th Street SE at around 1:15 p.m. with a search warrant when they received a call for a domestic dispute at the same address.
Authorities confirmed that the man inside the home, 38-year-old Cole Franklin Nordick, was the suspect from Monday's bank robbery. Police say they were in contact with Nordick, and that they were unsure if he was armed.
A tactical vehicle known as a BearCat was brought in, along with a SWAT team. Additional officers with Albemarle County and the University of Virginia also provided support during the standoff.
Police say Nordick surrendered to officers without incident shortly before 4:30 p.m. He has been charged with armed bank robbery and is being held without bond at the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Jail.
Evelyn Gentry was in the house with the suspect and on Tuesday she described how threatened she felt. She spent the day locked inside her own home, held there by a robbery suspect.
“He threatened and told us if we told, he'd kill us if he got out,” said Gentry.
She felt like she couldn’t do anything in the situation.
“We were too scared to do anything,” said Gentry.
A spokesperson for the city of Charlottesville described the days events: "They were on their way to execute that search warrant when they received a call for a domestic issue at the same address,” said Miriam Dickler, a spokesperson for the city of Charlottesville.
Four people were in the house with Nordick, and they all ended up not OK and not harmed. They were released before police attempted to get in the house.
“Negotiations weren't successful. Eventually the decision was made to release chemical irritants into the house to encourage him to leave,” said Dickler.
SWAT team members shot tear gas into the home, firing it through windows. On a megaphone they demanded Nordick come out of the house, hands in the air.
“Eventually the subject came out of his own volition,” said Dickler.
Gentry says she didn't know Nordick well, but he was temporarily staying with her.
“He told me he was going to rob a bank and I laughed at him. I said you're crazy you know, I put it off as he was crazy. I thought he was joking. Next thing I know he comes in there and threw the money in my face on the bed,” said Gentry.
She says she still fears Nordick.
“I'm still scared. I'm scared when he gets out, he's going to come after us,” said Gentry.