Commonwealth v. Carlton Isaac Dunston; 14 Years for Robbery of Same Citgo Twice, 1 Week Apart

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Carlton Isaac Dunston, 54 years old, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick for Malicious Wounding, Robbery, Attempted Robbery, and two (2) counts of Wearing a Mask.  Judge Padrick sentenced Dunston to 30 years in prison, with 16 years suspended, leaving 14 years to serve.  This was over twice the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended a sentence of no more than six (6) years and three (3) months in prison.

Dunston pled guilty on June 1, 2016.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that Carlton Isaac Dunston robbed the Citgo gas station located at 1560 Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach on January 1, 2016 and again on January 7, 2016.  On January 1, the victim was working as the lone store clerk.  Dunston walked in with a hoodie over his head and a cloth over his face.  He approached the cashier, displayed a knife, and demanded money.  He ran off with approximately $250.  A police K-9 officer tracked his path to the Driftwood Apartments before losing the scent.  The robbery was captured on surveillance video.

On January 7, 2016, a different victim was working as the lone clerk.  She was also a manager and had watched the surveillance video from the January 1 robbery.  At around 12:15 p.m., Dunston entered the store dressed similarly to the previous robbery.  The clerk immediately recognized the clothing from the previous surveillance video.  He displayed a knife and again demanded money.  The clerk would not give up money, so Dunston chased after her as she ran to the manager's office at the back of the store.  The victim attempted to close the door, but Dunston was halfway in the door with the knife in his hand.  He stabbed the victim multiple times in her arm, chest, and legs.  He also pushed and slammed the door on the victim, causing her to sustain multiple torn ligaments in her knee.  This robbery was also captured on surveillance video.  He had gone to the register in an attempt to open it, but was unsuccessful so he fled the store.  Police responded and located Dunston hiding in a hallway of the Driftwood Apartments behind the Citgo.  He had a knife, a black knit mask, and a cell phone.  He confessed to his involvement in the crimes.  ​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Brian M. Latuga prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.