Man sentenced for 2011 robbery in Lynnhaven Mall parking lot

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Posted on March 10, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 4:39 AM

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UPDATE 3/10:  James O’Bryan Speight was sentenced Monday to 62 years in the prison with 44 years suspended, leaving 18 years to serve, for charges of robbery, attempted robbery, use of a firearm, possession of firearm by felon and a violation of probation. 

Jones is currently serving a 27-year sentence.
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VIRGINIA BEACH - Police say two men flagged down a car in a shopping center parking lot and then robbed the four people inside. 

It happened around 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Lynnhaven Mall, near the JC Penney store.

According to police, when the vehicle stopped, James O’Bryan Speight and Roy Lee Jones Jr opened the back doors, pulled guns and took everyone's cell phone and cash.

They ran off and shot at the car as it followed them.

The driver spotted a police officer and told him what happened. That officer broadcast the situation and the Speight and Jones were caught soon after, according to investigators.

Speight, 22, and Jones, 21, were charged with 2 counts of Robbery and Attempt Robbery, Use of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Jones also was charged with Attempt Malicious Assault.

With the holiday shopping season starting, experts say you need to take extra precautions.

"When you walk back and forth to the store, you need to be looking up.  Don't be digging in your purse or checking what's on your phone," warns Georjeane Blumling of AAA Tidewater Virginia.  "Make sure that you're aware of your surroundings and you're looking around."

Blumling also recommends trying to park under street lights and not overloading yourself with packages.  Maybe shop with a friend and be cautious if strangers approach you.

"I hate to say it, but this is not necessarily the time to be overly-friendly.  If somebody is asking for directions, it's just like we tell our children, you need to be cautious of strangers in situations," added Blumling.

 

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