Commonwealth v. Darryl Delancey Fleeing Armed Robber Crashes into Building; Eleven Year Prison Sentence

Monday, August 29, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Darryl Cornelius Delancey, 53 years old, formerly of the 4700 block of Sullivan Boulevard in Virginia Beach, Virginia, pled guilty to charges of Attempted Robbery (two counts), Use of Firearm (two counts), Eluding Police – Endangerment, and Assault and Battery.  In accordance with a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley sentenced Delancey to a total of thirty-five (35) years and twelve (12) months.  The Court suspended all but eleven (11) years and one (1) month in prison, which was the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines recommendation. 

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on March 30, 2016, Darryl Delancey entered the Wawa on Northampton Boulevard in Virginia Beach.  He went into the office, where an employee was sitting at a computer.  Delancey demanded money at gunpoint and told the employee that she was going to die in that office.  As he began to rummage through drawers, another employee came into the room and Delancey punched him in the face.  Finally a third employee entered the office.  Delancey got into a brief struggle with this employee and attempted to strike him also.  Delancey then fled Wawa, and one of the employees saw him get into an orange Ford Explorer with a Pittsburgh Steelers sticker on the back window. 

While responding officers were on scene speaking with the victims, one of the victims saw Delancey's vehicle at the stoplight at Diamond Springs Road and Northampton Boulevard.  Third precinct patrol units and the police department's air unit observed Delancey, and patrol officers attempted to stop him. Delancey fled at a high rate of speed, ultimately crashing into a building on Shell Road.  The victim from Wawa who provided a description of Delancey's vehicle came to the scene of the crash and made an identification of Delancey as the suspect who attempted to rob Wawa. During an interview with detectives, Delancey made several incriminating statements. His DNA was also recovered from a knit cap left at the scene.

Delancey has prior convictions in 1982 for Bank Robbery in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in 1991 for Robbery (2 counts) in Virginia Beach Circuit Court, in 1997 for Robbery, Use of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in Lynchburg Circuit Court, and in 1998 for Attempted Escape in Lynchburg Circuit Court.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Michael D. Defricke prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.