Commonwealth v. Luis Fernando Vazquez; Robbery, Abduction of Citizens and Shooting at Police Officer Draws 40-Year Sentence

Monday, August 06, 2018

​Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Luis Fernando Vazquez, age 21, formerly of the 5900 block of Blackpoole Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced for charges of Attempted Capital Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, Robbery (2 counts), Abduction, Conspiracy (2 counts), Use of a Firearm (4 counts), Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, and Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer.  Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis sentenced Vazquez to 133 years and 6 months in prison, all suspended except 40 years to serve.

Vazquez pled guilty on June 26, 2017. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that at about 7:25 p.m. on May 15, 2015, Luis Vazquez and his co-defendant, Terrion Jones, approached two women who were walking to their car in a shopping center on Wesleyan Drive.  Armed with handguns, they robbed the women of their phones and a wallet, then fled behind the shopping center.  The victims went inside a store and called police, who immediately responded to the scene.  Police used the "Find my iPhone" app to find an iPhone belonging to one of the victims.  It showed that the phone was close to a Boost Mobile store nearby. 

A police officer responded to Boost Mobile.  The store was closed with a few customers, including Vazquez and Jones, still inside.  As he attempted to enter the store, Vazquez pulled out a gun and held it to the head of a customer inside.  Vazquez dragged the customer outside where more officers arrived to assist.  He ignored police commands to drop the gun and threatened to shoot the customer.  The officers drew their weapons, and Vazquez used the customer as a human shield while he attempted to get away.  Eventually Vazquez let the customer free, and a police officer chased after him on foot.  Vazquez turned and fired at the officer who was yelling for him to drop the gun.  The foot pursuit continued a short distance until Vazquez again reached in his shirt.  The officer fired at Vazquez, striking him.  Vazquez surrendered and his gun was recovered from his shirt. 

Vazquez was treated at the hospital and then booked into the jail after his release.  A deputy heard Vazquez telling a nurse, "I was not expecting to live through it.  It was either going to be them or me," referencing the shooting.  He also told another inmate that he shot at a cop and "tried to take his head off."  He also stated that he was running to his mother's house where he could continue to shoot because she had assault rifles.  While in jail on January 22, 2017, Vazquez threw urine on a deputy and another inmate. 

Terrion Jones pled guilty to two (2) counts each of Robbery, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 22, 2018. He was a juvenile at the time of the offense, but his case was certified to the Circuit Court for trial as an adult due to the serious nature of his crimes. 

Vazquez has adjudications as a juvenile for Burglary (2 counts), Arson, Attempted Arson, and Grand Larceny. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Elliott H. DeJarnette V and Michael D. Defricke prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

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