Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to Host National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony

Monday, April 23, 2012

WHO:             Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office   

WHAT:           Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony


WHEN:           Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7 p.m.


WHERE:         The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, 2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 


WHY:             To honor crime victims and the advocates of victims’ rights




BACKGROUND: Each year, communities throughout the nation honor victims of crimes through various events and ceremonies.  This year’s theme, “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim,” recognizes that although services for victims have improved dramatically over the years, further efforts must be realized.  Organizations and programs such as the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Program ensure crime victims do not struggle alone; emotional and financial support is available for them.


Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto will serve as the ceremony’s guest speaker, following the presentation of the flags by the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office and remarks and reading of the proclamation by Vice Mayor Louis R. Jones. 


Three exceptional witnesses will be honored for their contribution to the fight against crime.  These individuals are Sergeant David Ford of the Virginia Beach Police Department and citizens Michael Wiegand and Kenneth Zimmerman.  Sergeant Ford will be honored for his perseverance and dedication to solving two cold case sexual assaults from the early 1990s.  The defendant, Todd Antwone Clark, was arrested in 2009 and is awaiting sentencing on two counts of rape. 


Michael Wiegand and Kenneth Zimmerman demonstrated bravery and courage as they led to the apprehension of defendant Dalton Lee Frazier on March 8, 2010.  Frazier attempted to rob a clerk at a Citgo gas station at knifepoint.  As he fled the scene of the crime, Wiegand and Zimmerman chased Frazier and observed him escape into the nearby Wingate Hotel.  They were able to provide responding police officers a description of Frazier and notify them of his whereabouts. He was arrested within minutes of the crime, still armed with the knife.  Frazier is serving a sentence of two (2) years and seven (7) months for the attempted robbery. 


Other attendees of the ceremony include various city officials, members of the Parents of Murdered Children – Virginia Beach Chapter, and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office staff.  Media and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Macie Pridgen for further information.