WARWICK, RI — A Warwick TD bank robber wearing a mask walked into the 2625 West Shore Road bank with a pistol Jan. 5 at 5:50 p.m., jumped the counter, took about $5,000 out of a drawer, then led police on a chase in a black pickup before crashing into a minivan, injuring himself, the van driver and two young passengers.
Warwick Police responded to a report of a robbery at the bank, with the robber last seen fleeing in a black pick-up truck eastbound on Sandy Lane in the direction of Warwick Avenue, according to Warwick Police. Officers responding to the area spotted the pickup, which had no license plates, traveling north on Warwick Avenue. Officers attempted to pull the driver over, but he led officers on a high-speed chase north , onto Airport Road. The pickup broadsided a Honda minivan at the Airport Road intersection with Post Road.
The Warwick Police Accident Reconstruction unit officers determined that the fleeing black Toyota Tundra was traveling west on Airport Road at a high speed when it attempted to take a left against a red traffic signal to turn south onto Post Road. As the Tundra entered the intersection it struck the Honda minivan as it was turning left from Post Road onto Airport Road east.
Police arrested the driver, Roy Mangum, 38, of Warwick, who was still carrying the stolen cash. Police charged him with 1 st Degree Robbery; Carrying a dangerous weapon when committing a crime of violence;
Possession of a firearm by persons convicted of crime of violence; and eluding an officer at high speed.
Mangum was transported to Kent Hospital with minor injuries and for an evaluation. The minivan driver and the two juvenile passengers were transported to Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals. The juveniles were treated for minor injuries and the driver was treated for moderate injuries.
Warwick Police stated their criminal and traffic investigation of the robbery and crash are ongoing, and that updates will be provided.
Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash or has information regarding the incident to contact WPD at 401-468-4200. Anonymous tips can be submitted via the WARWICKPD app or text WARWICKPD to 847411.
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