Commonwealth v. Ralph Lamont DeBrow; Jury Recommends 17 Years, 24 Months for Robbery and Attack of Girlfriend

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that Ralph Lamont DeBrow, 50 years old, yesterday was found guilty by a jury of Robbery, Abduction, Petit Larceny, and Assault and Battery of a Family Member.  The jury recommended a sentence of 17 years, 24 months, and a $5,000 fine.  Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien, who presided over the trial, will formally sentence DeBrow on January 14, 2014.


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on February 27, 2013, Ralph Lamont DeBrow committed a violent attack and robbery against his former live-in girlfriend in their apartment in the City of Virginia Beach.  DeBrow picked up his girlfriend from work that evening and told her he had a surprise for her.  He brought her home and blindfolded her with a neck tie.  Immediately, DeBrow punched her in the mouth, causing her to fall. DeBrow then tied her arms and legs together with neck ties and an extension cord.  DeBrow punched her a second time, then took her cell phone, credit card, insurance card, driver’s license, and car keys.  He threw her onto the floor and fled in her vehicle.  The victim managed to free herself and call the police.


Approximately a week later, DeBrow was brought to the Virginia Beach Detective Bureau by a family member, claiming DeBrow wanted to turn himself in.  DeBrow was acting strangely and told the investigators that he had taken multiple illegal drugs.  Due to his condition, investigators transported DeBrow to the hospital.  DeBrow made several statements at the hospital admitting to attacking his girlfriend.  He told investigators where they could find her car and recover some of her stolen belongings. 


DeBrow has prior convictions for malicious wounding, burglary, destruction of property, obstruction of justice, and petit larceny.


The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nickie L. Herron.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.