Commonwealth v. Tyquesha Hargrave; 19-Year-Old to Serve 4 Years for Home Invasion at Senior Citizen Complex

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Tyquesha Angina Hargrave, age 19, formerly of the 400 block of Albemarle Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick on charges of Statutory Burglary, Armed Robbery, Possession of a Sawed off Shotgun, and Conspiracy. Judge Padrick sentenced Hargrave to 65 years in prison with 40 years suspended, leaving 25 years to serve. Judge Padrick ordered 21 years of Hargrave’s sentence to run concurrent with a 45-year sentence for similar crimes committed in Chesapeake.


Hargrave pled guilty on December 19, 2012.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on the evening of October 13, 2011, Tyquine Rahmer Lee, age 20, and Tyquesha Angina Hargrave committed a home invasion at the Victoria Place Apartments, which is a senior citizens complex.  A 64-year-old woman was home alone when she heard a knock on her door and a plea for help.  She looked out her peephole and saw a female lying on the ground, crying and begging for help.  As she cracked open her door to help, Lee forced his way inside and pushed the victim to the ground. He pointed a gun at the victim and demanded her purse.  Hargrave ransacked the home as Lee held the victim to the ground.  Eventually they found about $100 cash.  As Hargrave and Lee ran from the home, they threatened to come back and shoot the victim if she got up and called the police.  Once the victim believed they were gone, she called 911 and provided a description of her assailants.


On October 24, 2011, Hargrave and Lee were involved in a police pursuit on unrelated crimes that occurred in Norfolk and Chesapeake. When apprehended and questioned by detectives with the Chesapeake Police Department, Hargrave confessed to the home invasion at the Victoria Place Apartments in Virginia Beach. 


In December 2012, a jury in Virginia Beach Circuit Court found Tyquine Lee guilty of Statutory Burglary, Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, and two (2) counts of Use of a Firearm. The jury recommended a sentence of 34 years in prison.  Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr., who presided over the trial, will formally sentence Lee on May 21, 2013.  He is already serving 78 years for similar crimes committed in Norfolk and Chesapeake.


The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.