Commonwealth v. William Earl Arnold, Jr.; 13 Years for Armed Robbery of Chanello’s Pizza Driver

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that William Earl Arnold, Jr., 45 years old, who previously resided in the 3500 block of Cofts Pride Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury on charges of Robbery and Use of a Firearm.  Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien presided over the two-day trial. The jury recommended a sentence of 13 years in the Department of Corrections.  Judge O’Brien sentenced Arnold today to 13 years in the Department of Corrections, with 3 years of post-release supervision.           


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on August 23, 2007, William Earl Arnold, Jr. was staying at the Wayside Motor Inn on Military Highway in Virginia Beach. Around 1:00 a.m., the victim made a Chanello’s pizza delivery to another room at the motel and was stopped by Arnold as he returned to his vehicle. When the victim turned to face him, Arnold lifted his shirt, showed the victim a semi-automatic pistol tucked into his shorts, and said “give it up.” Arnold then reached into the victim’s pockets, taking cash and cigarettes.  Arnold fled the scene and hid the clothes he was wearing at the time of the robbery between the mattress and box spring in his motel room. He then crossed the Wayside Bridge into Norfolk.  Shortly after the robbery, the victim identified Arnold in a photo lineup. Within minutes of that identification, officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department tracked down Arnold as he crossed the Wayside Bridge again, returning to the motel from Norfolk.


Arnold has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1986.  His previous convictions include a First Degree Robbery in New York, Attempted Sale of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, and Obstruction of Justice.  Approximately two weeks prior to this robbery, Arnold was released from the Virginia Beach Correctional Center after serving his sentence for charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Driving on a Suspended License, and Reckless Driving.


The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elliott H. DeJarnette V and Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Katherine E. Orsini.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​