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Press Release

Chesapeake Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – Raymond Wyche, 47 of Chesapeake, pleaded guilty today to charges involving armed robberies of a Wilco-Hess gas station in Virginia Beach and an Exxon gas station in Chesapeake.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Wyche committed these robberies brandishing what appeared to be a firearm aiming it at employees and demanding that they give him money.  He stole $651 from the two robberies with which he pleaded guilty.  While Wyche covered his face during the armed robberies, three witnesses that know Wyche well were able to identify him through video and audio surveillance. They recognized his voice, certain phrases he used, his mannerisms, size, shape, articles of clothing he wore, and a distinctive pinky ring that he had on his right pinky during all eight armed robberies. After the Exxon gas station armed robbery in Chesapeake, Wyche is seen on video shedding his clothing behind the station and in the process his face became visible.

Wyche was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 5, 2015, on eight counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery and two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.  The indictment charged the following eight robberies:



Feb. 11, 2014

7-Eleven, 6673 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach

March 19, 2014

Wilco-Hess, 6048 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach

March 25, 2014

7-Eleven, 201 S. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach

April 25, 2014

Exxon, 841 S. Military Highway, Virginia Beach

June 6, 2014

BP, 4900 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach

June 25, 2014

Exxon, 1102 S. Military Highway, Chesapeake

June 29, 2014

7-Eleven, 5444 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach

July 16, 2014

Gulf, 6029 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach


Wyche faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on March 16, 2016. 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 the plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Doug E. Miller. 

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 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.                                                           


Updated December 3, 2015

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