Man charged with Norfolk rape in case similar to others in Hampton Roads

Powanzieo Tyran Rashadd Griffin (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff's Office)
Powanzieo Tyran Rashadd Griffin (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

A Chesapeake man is charged with raping a woman in case that police say is similar to other attacks in Hampton Roads — from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg.

Powanzieo Tyran Rashadd Griffin is charged with raping a woman in Norfolk.

A Virginia Beach detective said in court documents that police believe her attack was part of a chain of six rapes that happened in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News and Williamsburg between April 2017 and January.

Griffin’s attorney, Eric Korslund, said Griffin “vehemently denies” he raped anyone.

In at least two of the cases, the women decided not to pursue charges.

Griffin is being held at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail without bond and has a court appearance scheduled for next month.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.