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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Man Sentenced for Armed Robberies Targeting Chinese Restaurants

NORFOLK, Va. – A Suffolk man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for three armed robberies targeting employees of Chinese food restaurants located in Hampton Roads.

According to court documents, Raheem Lorinzo Lacey, 23, served as the get-away driver during three armed robberies that occurred in January and August of 2017. All three robberies followed the same pattern, as Lacey and his co-conspirators waited outside of the restaurants and, under cover of darkness, followed the victims to their home. Lacey served as the getaway driver, while two of his co-conspirators ambushed the victims while waving handguns and demanding money and property. From July 28 through August 14, 2017, Lacey and his co-conspirators robbed six victims and stole at least $4,500 in cash and valuables.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Norfolk, and Tonya D. Chapman, Chief of Portsmouth Police, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel T. Young is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:17-cr-146.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated February 22, 2018