Commonwealth v. Latabus Lemont Mann; Serial Robber Targets ATM Users; Sentenced to 15 Years

Monday, October 24, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Latabus Lemont Mann, age 29, of the 100 block of Benton Road in Suffolk, Virginia, pled guilty and was sentenced for three (3) counts each of Robbery and Use of a Firearm and one (1) count of Robbery (Attempt).  In accordance with a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan sentenced Mann to 48 years in prison with 33 years suspended leaving 15 years to serve. 

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that between December 24, 2015, and January 10, 2016, Latabus Lemont Mann committed four (4) armed robberies of citizens as they attempted to use ATMs at Virginia Beach banks.  In each of the robberies, Mann wore a mask and either displayed a handgun or implied that he had one.

On December 24, a woman was in her car in the parking lot of the Navy Federal Credit Union on Salem Road.  She was about to make a deposit and had cash in her lap.  Mann approached her car on foot and began to open her passenger door, but she screamed and drove off.  A witness saw Mann walk through a nearby neighborhood and get into a pick-up truck.  The witness provided a description of the truck to police.  On December 29, Mann robbed another woman who was attempting to withdraw money at the ATM at the same bank. He made off with $200. On January 5, Mann again robbed a woman who was depositing money at the same bank.  The woman's granddaughter was by the car at the curb and yelled to Mann, "Please don't do that!"  He took $25.00 and ran away.

An officer in the area heard the robbery report go out over police radio and observed a truck driven by a person matching Mann's description.  The truck matched the description of the one possibly involved in the December 24 robbery.  The officer got a license plate number but was unable to investigate further because he was dispatched to another call. 

On January 10, Mann robbed a man who was withdrawing money from the ATM at the Wells Fargo on Kempsville Road.  He made off with $240.  A witness to this robbery followed Mann as he ran through a shopping center, got into a truck, and drove off. The witness provided police with a partial license plate number, and it was part of the same license plate number observed by the officer after the January 5 robbery.  

Once it was determined that the pick-up truck was driven in several robberies, an officer with the Virginia Beach Police Department drove around the area of the robberies looking for the truck.  He ultimately found the truck in the parking lot of a Days Inn hotel in Norfolk, just over the Virginia Beach border. Mann was a registered guest at the hotel, and the truck was registered to his room. A short time later, officers saw Mann leave his room and start to get in the truck.  They apprehended him and recovered a handgun from his pocket.  In his truck, police found masks described by the victims. Mann confessed to the robberies when interviewed by detectives.

Mann had no prior criminal record. ​

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Sara R. Chandler and Associate Commonwealth's Attorney Vena J. Sanders prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.