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Press Release

Portsmouth Man Sentenced for Carjacking at Gunpoint

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

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison for armed carjacking.

According to court documents, on July 11, 2022, Raequan Rucker, 23, along with a co-conspirator, simultaneously approached two women late at night and stole their vehicles at gunpoint. At the time of the carjacking, one victim had her 9-month-old baby in the backseat. After Rucker entered one vehicle and his co-conspirator entered the other, they drove off and met at a location in Portsmouth where Rucker’s co-conspirator dumped his vehicle and entered Rucker’s. The two men then traveled to Virginia Beach, where they were subsequently located by Virginia Beach Police in a retention pond.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; and Paul Neudigate, Chief of Virginia Beach Police made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Heck prosecuted 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 are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:22-cr-124.

Updated January 5, 2024

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