Commonwealth v. Jorge Andres Zambrana; Carjacking of Woman at Sam’s Club Draws 20 Years Behind Bars

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Jorge Andres Zambrana, 49 years old, formerly of the 100 block of Victoria Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O'Brien for Robbery, Carjacking, Abduction, and Conspiracy. Judge O'Brien sentenced Zambrana to 80 years in prison with 60 years suspended leaving 20 years to serve.

Zambrana pled guilty on July 7, 2016.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on December 22, 2015, Jorge Zambrana and Mark Albrecht II decided to rob someone in the parking lot of Sam's Club on Virginia Beach Boulevard.  They watched the parking lot for several minutes until they saw a woman walking to her car with a shopping cart of merchandise.  Albrecht approached the woman and asked her for directions, and then Zambrana approached her from behind.  He displayed a silver vaporizer pen which the victim thought was a knife.  Zambrana told the woman to get in the backseat of her car and cover her head with her jacket.  He got in the driver's seat and Albrecht got into the backseat with the victim.  Zambrana drove to three ATMs where the victim unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw cash at the demands of her assailants.  Zambrana then drove back to the Wells Fargo across the street from Sam's Club and the victim was able to withdraw $800, which she gave to the defendants.  They then drove the victim back to the parking lot, placed her cell phone and keys a short distance away, and ordered her to wait ten minutes before retrieving them.  ​

Zambrana and Albrecht fled on foot and the victim called police.  During the course of the investigation, surveillance videos were discovered showing the defendants in the crimes.  A distinctive item of clothing worn by Albrecht was seen in the videos and later recovered during a search warrant of his house.  Albrecht confessed fully to his involvement in the crimes.

Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley sentenced Albrecht to 20 years with 18 years suspended leaving 2 years to serve. 

Zambrana has prior convictions for Robbery, Distribution of Narcotics (2 counts), Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts), Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny, Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, Possession of Schedule I/II Drug, and a Violation of Probation.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Adam J. Lantz prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.