Commonwealth v. Santiago Jimenez; Commonwealth v. Carlos Hernandez; Two Illegal Immigrants Sentenced for Oceanfront Rape, Abduction

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Santiago Jimenez, 23 years old, previously residing in the 3200 block of S. Military Highway, Chesapeake, Virginia was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien on charges of Rape, Abduction with the intent to Defile, and Conspiracy.   Judge O’Brien sentenced Jimenez to 45 years in the Department of Corrections with twenty (20) suspended, leaving 25 years to serve.  Jimenez pled guilty on February 9, 2011. 


Bryant further announced that Carlos Hernandez, 25 years old, previously residing in the 2500 block of Gilmerton Road in Chesapeake, Virginia was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan on charges of Rape, Abduction with the intent to Defile, and Conspiracy.  Judge Mahan ordered Hernandez to serve 25 years in the Department of Corrections.   Hernandez pled guilty on January 26, 2011. 


Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on the evening of September 14, 2010, the victim was walking through the McDonald’s parking lot at the intersection of 21st Street and Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach on her way to a friend’s house. Santiago Jimenez and Carlos Hernandez were driving around the city in a black Sport Utility Vehicle with the intention of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman. Upon seeing the victim, Jimenez exited the SUV, hit her in the head, placed a knife to her neck, and forced her into the SUV.  The men drove on the interstate, taking turns sexually assaulting her at knifepoint until she persuaded them to stop at a 7-11 store in Chesapeake.  The victim ran into the store and reported the incident to the clerk, who called the police.  Chesapeake police located the vehicle a short distance from the store and apprehended both men.  When questioned by a detective with the Virginia Beach Police Department, both men confessed to their involvement in the attack.  A knife was located inside the vehicle when searched by Virginia Beach police.  DNA evidence linked both Jimenez and Hernandez to the crime. 

Jimenez and Hernandez continue to be held on a Detainer by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  “At the conclusion of their sentences, I expect that they will be deported by federal authorities,” Bryant said.


Jimenez has a prior juvenile record consisting of two counts of Sexual Battery, as well as a conviction in Chesapeake Circuit Court for Burglary.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas M. Murphy and Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul J. Powers prosecuted the case.  Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​