Commonwealth v. Mark David Coleman; Defendant Commits Robbery, Burglary, while on Bond for other Crimes; Gets 18 Years in Prison

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Mark David Coleman, 19 years old, who previously resided in the 1200 block of Mondrian Loop in Virginia Beach, Virginia, pled guilty to charges of Robbery (3 counts), Attempted Robbery, Armed Burglary, Abduction with Intent to Gain Pecuniary Benefit, Conspiracy (3 counts), and Use of a Firearm (2 counts).  Coleman previously pled guilty to charges of Brandishing a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana by an Inmate, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw sentenced Coleman to 33 years with all but 18 years suspended for all of those charges.


Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on the evening on June 16, 2013, Mark Coleman was outside a nightclub at the oceanfront area of Virginia Beach when he became involved in an altercation. The police responded to the scene and observed Coleman arguing with another man.   Coleman pulled a gun on the man and was apprehended by police. He then admitted to police that he knew the gun was stolen.  When Coleman was booked into the jail that evening, he had marijuana on him. Over the Commonwealth’s objection, Coleman was released on bond a few days later.


On June 28, 2013, Coleman and his 17-year-old co-defendant were at a 7-Eleven store when they saw an acquaintance of Coleman’s that Coleman knew sold marijuana.  The acquaintance had a friend with him. Coleman and his co-defendant asked the acquaintance if they could buy marijuana but instead, robbed him at gunpoint when he went to get the drugs from his car.  Coleman then walked the victim into 7-Eleven at gunpoint and forced him to withdraw over $200.  While Coleman was inside, his co-defendant robbed the victim’s friend at gunpoint.  Coleman and his co-defendant then directed the victim to drive to the home he shares with his parents in the Landstown area.  The juvenile defendant took the victim into the house at gunpoint and stole more property.  Coleman remained outside of the residence, keeping watch over the second victim.  When the juvenile left the home with the stolen money, electronics and jewelry, Coleman helped him get it into their car and left with him. 


Police were alerted and spotted the defendants’ vehicle in the Scarborough Square neighborhood of Virginia Beach.  Coleman, who was driving, fled the officers and ultimately crashed.  He was immediately taken into custody.  The juvenile attempted to flee but was apprehended by a police K9.  Coleman confessed his involvement in the crimes.


The juvenile co-defendant is awaiting trial for his involvement in these crimes.


Coleman had no prior criminal record.


The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Sara R. Chandler and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph A. DiNonno.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.