Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Jordan Ceprece Anderson, 20 years old, who previously resided in the 5500 block of Goose Pond Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr. for Robbery (3 counts) and Use of a Firearm. Judge Hanson sentenced Anderson to 35 years in the Department of Corrections.
Anderson pled guilty on October 15, 2012. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on April 20, 21, and 22, Jordan Ceprece Anderson and an accomplice committed three armed robberies of businesses in the City of Virginia Beach. On the evening of April 20, 2012, a female victim was closing up her workplace, Super Cuts on Diamond Springs Road. Her husband was outside the store with her and they were about to leave. Two masked men displayed a gun and forced them back into the store. They demanded money and threatened to shoot them. The gunmen made off with money and the victims’ cell phones.
The next night, April 21, 2012, Anderson and his accomplice robbed the Burger King on Laskin Road at gunpoint. At least one of the men was masked. Two employees were forced to the ground while the men took money from the back office that was waiting to be counted. One employee was forced to take the battery out of his cell phone, and the gunmen fled.
Anderson and his accomplice robbed the Hardee’s on Dorset Avenue the next evening, April 22, masked and armed. One of the robbers took money from the safe while the other held all the employees at gunpoint.
Anderson became a suspect in these robberies after attempting to rob officers with the Norfolk Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division on April 23, 2012. The undercover officers were in two unmarked city cars in a McDonald’s parking lot in Norfolk. Anderson put a gun to the passenger window of the officers’ car and demanded property. The officer pulled his service weapon and fired. Anderson began to flee, turned back to the officer, and raised his gun. An officer then fired his weapon, striking Anderson in the arm. The Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office acted as a special prosecutor for Anderson’s robbery of undercover officers in Norfolk. Anderson is serving 10 years in prison for that offense, with an additional 18 years of suspended prison time.
Anderson was apprehended hours after the Norfolk robbery when he went to the hospital for treatment for his gunshot wound. Ultimately he confessed to his involvement in the Virginia Beach robberies.
In addition to the convictions for Robbery, Use of a Firearm, Attempted Robbery, and Conspiracy in Norfolk, Anderson has a conviction for Robbery in 2011 in Virginia Beach.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Catherine Dodson. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.