Commonwealth v. Marcus J. Bowers; Hotel Robbery Draws 14-Year Sentence

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Marcus J. Bowers, age 29, formerly of the 5200 block of Breezewood Arch in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci for Robbery (2 counts), Abduction (2 counts), Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony (3 counts) and Wearing a Mask.  Judge Frucci sentenced Bowers to 33 years and 6 months in prison with 19 years and 6 months suspended leaving 14 years to serve.

Bowers pled guilty on October 26, 2016. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on January 11, 2015, Marcus Bowers arrived in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn on Greenwich Road.  He was seen on security footage getting out of his car and repeatedly approaching the front doors of the hotel, then walking back around the corner of the hotel for several minutes.  Eventually he entered the hotel lobby through the front doors wearing a mask, all black attire, and distinctive red and white Nike Air Jordan tennis shoes. 

Bowers approached the desk clerk with a plastic bag covering his right hand.  He removed the bag and ordered the clerk to the back office at gunpoint.  There, the desk clerk informed the overnight accountant that they were being robbed.  Bowers forced both women back to the front counter and demanded money.  The clerk gave him approximately $400 from the register and he then ordered both women back to the office at gunpoint.  Bowers then ordered the accountant into a bathroom and told her not to leave or he would shoot her.  He appeared to be familiar with the layout of the office as he ordered the clerk toward the safe.  She told him she could not open the safe, and Bowers told her to get under a desk and stay there for two minutes or he would shoot her.  The hotel employees called the police when they thought Bowers was gone. 

The accountant recognized Bowers' voice because he was a previous employee who had recently quit.  A few days later, police executed a search warrant at Bowers' residence and arrested him.  Police found a bag of clothing and Nike Air Jordan tennis shoes that appeared to be the same clothing Bowers wore during the robbery. Specifically, they found a black hooded sweatshirt with a distinct tag that was seen on the surveillance footage. 

Bowers has prior convictions for Involuntary Manslaughter, Possession of Marijuana, Open Container, DWI, and a numerous traffic offenses. 

Former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald L. Harris and Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Sara R. Chandler prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.