Commonwealth v. Roy Ruiz Loredo; 5 Life Terms Plus 141 Years for Previously Convicted Sex Offender

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Roy Ruiz Loredo, 29 years old, formerly of the 700 block of Trellis Way in Virginia Beach, was found guilty by a jury on charges of Rape, Forcible Sodomy (4 counts), Abduction with the Intent to Defile (2 counts), Statutory Burglary w/ the Intent to Commit Rape, Robbery, Unlawful Wounding in the Commission of a Felony, Abduction, and Sexual Battery.  Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley presided over the three-day trial.  The jury recommended a sentence of 5 Life sentences plus 141 years in prison, and Judge Shockley affirmed that sentence today. 


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that between approximately 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. on June 24, 2012, Roy Ruiz Loredo committed a series of violent attacks on women in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach.  First, he approached a woman who was walking home.  He pulled her to the ground and dragged her into a nearby park. He sexually assaulted her multiple times, in multiple areas of the park.  He took her cell phone, looked at her ID, and threatened to kill her husband.  Before fleeing, he told her, “I want to go again, but I’ll let you go.” 


Minutes later, Loredo went to a restaurant nearby where he had been drinking earlier in the evening. He approached a woman who was sitting in her parked car and violently ripped her out of the car. He dragged her across the parking lot to a secluded area.  A police car drove by, responding to his first victim’s 911 call.  This frightened Loredo and caused him to loosen his grip on the woman, and she was able to flee.  This incident is captured on video surveillance from the restaurant. The victim also knew Loredo by name as a regular customer at the restaurant and had seen him there earlier in the evening.


A short time later, Loredo broke into the home of a woman who was getting dressed for an early shift at work. He forced her outside into her backyard, cut her face, and sexually assaulted her. 


Investigators with the Virginia Beach Police Department arrested Loredo the next day at his home.  Multiple items were sent to the state laboratory for DNA testing.  Loredo was linked to the first and third attacks through DNA evidence.  The women from the second and third attacks positively identified Loredo as their attacker. 


Loredo is currently serving a 36-year sentence for Forcible Sodomy (2 counts), Statutory Burglary, and Abduction with the Intent to Defile committed in Norfolk two months prior to the Virginia Beach attacks.


“This isn’t his first time,” Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle stated.  “Roy Loredo is a dangerous, serial rapist who inflicted a reign of terror on women in our city.  With this verdict and sentence, the citizens of Virginia Beach can be assured that he will never threaten our community again.”


Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin D. Stolle and Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.