Man Arrested in Robbery at Chase Bank in Downtown Huntington

By: WSAZ News Staff, Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Andrew Colegrove Email
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UPDATE 3/14/14 @ 11:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An arrest was made Friday night in the robbery at Chase Bank in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue, Huntington Police say.

Charles N. Henderson, 58, of Huntington, turned himself in at HPD headquarters.

Henderson was arraigned Friday night and charged with one count of bank robbery. He's been taken to the Western Regional Jail.

His bond was set at $25,000.

Police said Henderson was not armed at the time of his arrest.

Henderson told WSAZ.com he has a "lot of mental issues" including PTSD, and he immediately felt remorseful after the robbery.

"I'm tired of being desperate," Henderson told WSAZ.com as he was being brought into magistrate court. "I'm a homeless vet. I don't have anything. The VA, the resource centers are not doing their jobs, so I tried to do what I had to do."

When asked if he was sorry for what he'd done, he said "Absolutely, because I gotta pay for this now."

The robbery happened about 3:30 p.m. Friday and led to 5th Avenue being shut down at 9th Street until nearly 8 p.m., as police interviewed people inside the bank building and searched for evidence.

Huntington Police Capt. Hank Dial said officers methodically went through the building for leads.

Several employees sheltered in their offices as police from multiple agencies ensured there was no danger.

Barbara Miller works at a law firm on a floor above the bank.

"We barricaded our doors,” Miller said. "We didn't know if the perpetrator was inside the bank or if he'd come out or if he had hostages.“

No one was hurt.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspect approached a teller with a note demanding money. He reportedly told the teller, "Don't have me have to get out my gun."

The complaint states that the suspect reached into his jacket as if he had a gun. The teller handed over some money, and the suspect fled on foot.

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UPDATE 3/14/14 @ 8:10 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fifth Avenue has reopened Friday night near the scene of a bank robbery earlier in the day at Chase Bank in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue, Cabell County 911 dispatchers say.

The robbery was reported about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Huntington Police Capt. Hank Dial says after looking at surveillance footage, they believe the suspect is a 5'6" black male who was wearing a brown denim jacket and a blue toboggan.

No one was hurt.

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UPDATE 3/14/14 @ 7:20 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fifth Avenue remains closed Friday evening near the scene of a bank robbery earlier in the day at Chase Bank in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue, Cabell County 911 dispatchers say.

It is unknown how much longer the roadway will remain closed in that area. Fifth Avenue, which runs one way eastbound, is shut down at 9th Street. Motorists are asked to avoid that area.

The robbery was reported about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Huntington Police Capt. Hank Dial says after looking at surveillance footage, they believe the suspect is a 5'6" black male who was wearing a brown denim jacket and a blue toboggan.

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UPDATE 3/14/14 @ 5:55 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police Captain Hank Dial says police believe a bank robbery suspect is out of the building, but they cannot assume that is the case.

Investigators are still going floor by floor at Chase Bank in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue.

The robbery was reported about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Dial says after looking at surveillance footage, they believe the suspect is a 5'6" black male who was wearing a brown denim jacket and a blue toboggan.

People have been let out of the building, after being kept inside for more than two hours while crews searched for the suspect.

Crews on the scene tell WSAZ.com that 19 people were let out of the 2nd floor of the building and there are 14 people remaining on the 3rd floor, waiting to be cleared.

Dial says they are methodically and safely going through the building.

5th Avenue in shut down at 9th Street. Please avoid the area.



UPDATE 3/14/14 @ 5:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nearly a dozen people have just been brought out of the building where a robbery was reported Friday afternoon.

The robbery was reported about 3:30 p.m. at Chase Bank in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue.

People were kept inside the building as crews searched floor by floor for a potential suspect.

More than two hours after the robbery, the first group of people have been let out.

Police are searching each person as they are brought out.

The bank is located in the bottom floor of the building, and several offices, not related to the bank, are on the upper floors.

There is no word at this time if the suspect is still inside. Huntington Police say they are checking surveillance video.

5th Avenue is shut down at 9th Street. Avoid the area.

We have crews on the scene.

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UPDATE 3/14/14 @ 5:12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews are still on the scene of a reported bank robbery at Chase Bank in Huntington.

Police have been on scene since about 3:30 p.m. Friday, when the robbery was reported.

The bank is located in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue.

Several law enforcement agencies are at the bank, going floor-by-floor looking for a suspect.

No word whether the suspect remains in the building.

There are reports of people inside the building where the robbery happened.

The bank is in the lower floor of the building and the upper floors have various businesses that are not associated with the bank.

WSAZ has spoken with some people inside of those upper floors.

One person told us they saw police with their guns drawn outside from an upper story window. The person we spoke with said they are safe and secured in the building.

Traffic on 5th Avenue is being diverted at 9th Street. Avoid the area.

We have crews on the scene.

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UPDATE 3/14/14 @ 4:25 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- 5th Avenue in Huntington is shut down after a bank robbery was reported Friday afternoon.

Traffic is being diverted off 5th Avenue at 9th Street.

The robbery was reported at Chase Bank in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue about 3:45 p.m.

A number of employees are reportedly still in the building and are behind locked doors. All are believed to be safe.

Huntington Police are on the scene. They are inside the building, going through the floors, looking for the suspect.

We have crews on the scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY 3/14/14 @ 3:53 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Law enforcement are on scene of a reported bank robbery in Huntington.

Cabell County Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the robbery was reported at Chase Bank in the 1000 block of 5th Avenue about 3:45 p.m. Friday.

No other information is being released at this time.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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