Mother convinces son to surrender


by By 13News

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 3:29 PM

WILLIAMSBURG - Two men suspected of two carjackings and several robberies in Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton turned themselves in Wednesday.

Spencer Montez Stover, 19, and Taquan Vanrie Brown, 18, are in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Stover's mother, Wanda Stover-Fields, says she couldn't believe it when she saw her son's picture on TV and that he was a wanted man.

When she realized he was in trouble, she knew she needed to convince him to turn himself in before he or someone got hurt.

Video: Mother convinces son to surrender

Stover-Fields says her son didn't want for anything and she doesn't understand why he may have been involved in some of these crimes.

She stated that he has a job at a fast-food restaurant and that she helped him with bills and drove him wherever he needed to go.

On Friday, June 12, a W&M football player was beaten, robbed and carjacked as he left Conway Garden Apartments. "Pointed a gun at him," Deputy Chief Stan Stout explained, "put him onto the ground, beat him about the face, went through his pockets."

Stout identified Stover as one of the suspects; the second person took off with the player's red Dodge Charger.

The investigation into the carjacking continues with the possibility of other individuals being charged, according to authorities. The warrants on the case hadn't been served by mid-afternoon Thursday.

Police in Newport News and Hampton say Stover and Brown carried out several robberies in their cities.

As of midday Thursday, the two had been charged on robbery-related warrants from Hampton.

Stover and Brown were wanted for three robberies in the Michaels Woods neighborhood of Hampton on June 13. One of the victims was a newspaper carrier. The car used in the Hampton robberies was a Red Dodge Charger and has been recovered, according to police.

"It is extremely gratifying to get these two individuals into custody," said Michael Spearman, a Public Information Officer for the James City County Police Department. "The level of crime allegedly being committed by them had escalated to a point where someone was going to be seriously injured, or even killed."

In Newport News on June 7, police say Stover and Brown robbed a person and, within 20 minutes, stole a car at an apartment complex. That same day, police say Stover and Brown were caught on surveillance video at a Chesapeake Wal-Mart using a credit card stolen.

The suspects are being questioned by detectives from James City County, York County, Newport News, Hampton, and Virginia Beach.