Do the math: 36-hour crime spree equals 12 years

Tavis Jaquan Johnson (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)
Tavis Jaquan Johnson (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 21-year-old local man will serve time in prison for his role in a 36-hour crime spree in 2016.

Tavis Jaquan Johnson was sentenced Monday to 33 years in prison, with 21 years suspended, leaving 12 years to serve.

His crimes: robbery, conspiracy, grand larceny of a motor vehicle and use of a firearm, all in connection with a series of crimes in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the charges in October of last year, according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said on June 9, 2016, Johnson along with his accomplices Jamal Mitchell, and Zimonion Adams started a 36-hour crime spree in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

Around 4 p.m. that day, the trio approached a woman in her driveway in Norfolk, drew a gun, and stole her champagne colored Hyundai.

Then at 6 p.m., a champagne colored sedan was spotted in a cul-de-sac in Croatan.  Johnson got out of the vehicle and into a Mitsubishi SUV that had keys on the driver’s seat.  A resident who saw this got in her car and chased the Mitsubishi.  She ran the car off the road into the KOA on General Booth where Johnson got out, then back into, a champagne colored sedan and sped off, according to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

At around 11 p.m., a woman was driving home to Virginia Beach from Norfolk on Interstate 264 when she was cut off by a Hyundai.  When she arrived at her home in the Red Mill area, she noticed the Hyundai had followed her home, prosecutors said.

Johnson and Adams jumped out of their vehicle, which was driven by Mitchell.  Adams pointed a gun at her and demanded the woman’s purse, bags, and car keys, prosecutors said.

The woman’s cellphone was also taken during the robbery.  One of the men told her they would come back later for her car.  Two blue bags fell from her car during the robbery.  Fingerprint analysis was done on the bags, and Johnson’s fingerprints were found on them, prosecutors said.

The next morning, officers were still following leads as to the location of the victim’s phone.  They tracked it to an area off Rosemont Road in Virginia Beach.  Officers saw Mitchell behind a building and stopped him. The victim’s cellphone was found on him, ringing when officers called the number, prosecutors said.

All three were seen in video footage at the Wawa on Rosemont Road arriving in the Hyundai which was previously stolen in Norfolk, according to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office. When questioned by police, Johnson admitted to his involvement in the crimes.

Adams, who was a juvenile at the time of the offense but certified to Circuit Court for trial as an adult, pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy.  He was committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice as a serious offender.

Mitchell is serving 15 years in prison for robbery, use of a firearm, conspiracy, and a weapons charge he incurred while in custody, according to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office/

Johnson has prior convictions for two counts of assault and battery on law enforcement officer, attempted assault and battery on law enforcement officer, tampering with a fire protection device and two counts of obstruction of justice. Johnson accumulated those charges while he was in jail awaiting trial on this case.  Prosecutors said Johnson also has a lengthy juvenile history.

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