Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that, Ashby Ryan Hare, age 36, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan for Robbery (2 counts), Use of a Firearm (2 counts), and Possession of a Weapon by Inmate. Judge Mahan sentenced Hare to 50 years in prison with 35 years suspended leaving 15 years to serve.
Hare pled guilty on April 8, 2013. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on March 25, 2011, Ashby Ryan Hare entered the Farm Fresh at 1615 General Booth Boulevard and approached the counter of the Chartway Federal Credit Union located inside. He handed the teller a note written in orange marker, stating he had a gun and wanted money. Hare gave the teller a small tan and brown bag to stash the money. The teller put $1,694.00 into the bag, and Hare told her, “That’s enough.” He grabbed the bag and fled.
On April 4, 2011, Hare entered the BB&T Bank at 839 Lynnhaven Parkway, waited in line, and approached a teller. He completed the robbery in the same fashion as the robbery of the Chartway, and said, “That’s enough,” before fleeing with $500.00. The teller ran to the front door and watched Hare get into a small silver 4-door vehicle. She was able to get a partial license plate number.
Investigators with the Virginia Beach Police Department learned that Hare was a suspect in a similar robbery in Richmond and that he had rented a silver Toyota Corolla 4-door vehicle in December 2010, which he never returned. The license plate number contained the partial numbers given by the teller at BB&T. Investigators showed video surveillance photographs from the BB&T Robbery to staff at the RV Park where Hare recently lived, and they identified the person as Ashby Hare.
Police found Hare’s rental car at the Oceanfront and learned he was staying in a hotel nearby. In the hotel room, they found the tan and brown zippered bag used to stash the money during the robberies. In the rental car, police located a black BB gun and a blue shirt matching the shirt Hare wore during the BB&T robbery.
While in custody awaiting trial, Hare was transported to Richmond for charges pending there. Upon his return to the Virginia Beach Correctional Center, he was found with a razor blade hidden inside his sock.
Hare has prior convictions for Possession of Schedule I/II Drug, Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Trespassing, and Petit Larceny. He was also previously convicted of the Robbery that he committed on April 5, 2011 in Richmond.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin D. Stolle and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elliott H. DeJarnette V. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.