Commonwealth v. Teon Lamont Capel; 12 Years in Prison for Home Invasion Robbery

Monday, November 17, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Teon Lamont Capel, age 27, formerly of the 1200 block of Lead Street in Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci on charges of Robbery, Abduction, Use of a Firearm (2 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by Violent Felon.  Judge Frucci sentenced Capel to 70 years in prison with 58 years suspended leaving 12 years to serve.

Capel pled guilty on November 4, 2013.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on the evening of November 21, 2012, a family including two women, two men, and a 9-year-old child were inside their home in the Lake Edward area of Virginia Beach.  Around midnight, one of the men (the victim) and the child left the home to go to a fast food restaurant.  Teon Lamont Capel and Deron Anthony Snow were waiting outside the home. As the man and child approached their car, Snow came out of the bushes and demanded money from them at gunpoint.  The victim gave Snow his car keys and approximately $10.00.  Snow then hit the victim in the head with the gun, knocking him down as the child screamed and watched.  Snow and Capel then forced the victim and child back to the home at gunpoint and banged on the front door until one of the women opened it.  


Once inside the home, Snow shot the victim in the foot before forcing him upstairs. Capel stood watch over the victim while Snow demanded money from the women at gunpoint. Snow then went back to the victim and shot him again, in the leg.  Before leaving the home, Snow and Capel took a purse from downstairs. 


The victim was familiar with Capel and able to identify him to police.


On November 12, 2014, Deron Snow pled guilty to charges of Robbery, Malicious Wounding, Abduction (2 counts), Possession of a Firearm by a Non-Violent Convicted Felon, Conspiracy, and Use of a Firearm (4 counts). He is serving 20 years in prison.


Capel’s prior record includes charges of Unlawful Wounding, Assault and Battery of a Family Member (2 counts), Assault, Possession of Schedule I/II Drug, Destruction of Property, and Possession of Marijuana.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Christopher M. Baker and Katharine D. Seal.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.