Virginia Beach man sentenced for assaulting officer in Naval Exchange lot

A Virginia Beach man was sentenced to more than three years in prison Wednesday for assaulting a federal officer with his car in May.

Marcus D. Wilkins, 27, pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon on Sept. 7. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison Wednesday, according to a United States Department of Justice news release.

On May 1, Marcus took a shopping cart full of merchandise from the exchange without paying. The items included two Bose headphones, a PlayStation cordless controller, four scented candles, a North Face backpack, and three games for PlayStation 4: Call of Duty, NBA 2K16 and Madden NFL, according a criminal indictment filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia.

A loss-prevention officer directed Marcus to stop, the release said. Instead, he walked toward his car, leaving the cart behind. A base police officer positioned himself in front of Marcus’s car and ordered him, twice, to stop. Marcus drove into the officer, sending him airborne, and fled. The Virginia Beach Police Department apprehended Marcus shortly after he left the parking lot.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.