Commonwealth v. Angel Luis Arroyo; Gang Member Recruiting from Jail to Serve 24 Years for Home Invasion

Monday, October 31, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Angel Luis Arroyo, 22 years old, previously residing in the 3700 block of Granby Street in Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick on charges of Armed Robbery, Statutory Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Wearing a Mask in Public, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy.  Judge Padrick, who found Arroyo guilty of the charges after a trial on May 18, 2011, sentenced Arroyo to 39 years imprisonment.  He suspended 15 years, leaving Arroyo 24 years to serve. 


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on July 23, 2010, the victim was home with her 18-month-old child when she answered a knock at her door.  Angel Arroyo and his co-defendants, Eric Tennant and Dominique Leary, forced their way into the home and demanded money.  Arroyo displayed a firearm as all three (3) men ransacked the home.  Eventually they got away with a laptop computer, collectible knife, and frozen lasagna.  Arroyo and his co-defendants were eventually apprehended and questioned by detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department.  Tennant and Leary confessed to their involvement in the crime.


Judge Padrick heard evidence today that Arroyo was actively recruiting gang members from the Virginia Beach Correctional Center while awaiting sentencing.


Dominique Leary pled guilty to Grand Larceny, Statutory Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Wearing a Mask in Public, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy.  On September 3, 2011, Leary was sentenced to 15 years with all but three (3) years and ten (10) months suspended.


Eric Tennant pled guilty to Armed Robbery, Statutory Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Wearing a Mask in Public, and Use of a Firearm.  Tennant was a juvenile at the time of the offense, but was certified as an adult to Circuit Court due to the nature of the charges. On March 7, 2010, Tennant was committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for three (3) years.  The Court suspended an additional 23 years.


Arroyo’s prior record includes convictions for Armed Robbery, Armed Robbery (Attempt), Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy.


Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Eleanor J. Gaines prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.