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Eastern District of Virginia

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chesapeake Man Indicted for 8 Armed Robberies Involving 15 Victims

NORFOLK, Va. – Raymond Wyche, 47, of Chesapeake, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 5, 2015, on robbery and firearms charges related to a series of robberies in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake in 2014. Specifically, Wyche faces eight counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery and two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to the indictment, the government alleges Wyche committed the following armed robberies:

  1. 7-Eleven at 6673 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach on Feb. 11, 2014;
  2. Wilco-Hess gas station at 6048 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach on March 19, 2014;
  3. 7-Eleven at 201 S. Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach on March 25, 2014;
  4. Exxon gas station at 841 S. Military Highway in Virginia Beach on April 25, 2014;
  5. BP gas station at 4900 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach on June 6, 2014;
  6. Exxon gas station at 1102 S. Military Highway in Chesapeake on June 25, 2014;
  7. 7-Eleven at 5444 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach on June 29, 2014;
  8. Gulf gas station at 6029 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach on July 16, 2014.

Wyche faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 32 years in prison, and a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; and Charles E. Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after Wyche was apprehended by federal agents.

This case was investigated by ATF’s Washington Field Division with assistance from the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Police Departments.  Assistant U.S. Attorney William D. Muhr and Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Butler are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:15-cr-97.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Updated August 11, 2015