Commonwealth v. Rubin Carroll Slade Jr.; Man Sentenced to Two Life Terms in Prison for Cold Case Rapes

Monday, August 06, 2018

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Rubin Carroll Slade Jr., age 58, was sentenced for two counts of Rape.  Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis sentenced Slade to two (2) life terms in prison, to run concurrently with each other.

Slade pled guilty on February 5, 2018. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on September 26, 1984, a woman was asleep in her room on Kentucky Avenue in Virginia Beach.  She woke to a male who had gained entry to her bedroom through an unlocked window.  He put his hand over her mouth and told her not to scream.  He then sexually assaulted the woman. 

On October 12, 1984, a woman had just gotten off work around 10:15 p.m. and drove to a convenience store located at 17th Street and Pacific Avenue.  She noticed a man standing outside the front of the store.  She went into the store for a few minutes before getting back into her car and driving away.  She drove about two blocks when the man she had seen outside the store jumped up out of her back seat.  He told her to drive and stated that he had a knife, but wouldn't hurt her if she cooperated. He directed her to stop at a dead end on 24th Street, ordered her out of the vehicle, and told her to remove her clothing.  He then pushed her into the backseat of the vehicle and sexually assaulted her.  Slade allowed her to get dressed then told her to drop him off on 15th Street and Pacific Avenue. 

The victims each underwent a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE exam) where evidence, to include seminal fluid, was collected and preserved. In the 1980s, scientific testing was limited, and DNA testing was not readily available.  No suspect was developed at that time in either case; therefore the cases went cold for many years. In 2014, the seminal fluid was submitted to the Department of Forensic Science (DFS) for examination and to see if a suspect could be identified.  Ultimately a DNA match was made to Rubin Carroll Slade Jr. 

Slade has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1980.  He is currently serving two (2) life sentences for charges of Robbery and Use of a Firearm stemming from a bank robbery.  He also has prior convictions for Robbery, Burglary (5 counts), Grand Larceny (3 counts), Shoplifting, and a Violation of Probation.  

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas M. Murphy prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.