Virginia Beach Bloods gang member sentenced for robbery spree, shooting of Harris Teeter manager

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Friday to 24 years in prison for his role as a gunman at multiple armed robberies of local grocery stores.

Court documents say that Darrius Heuser-Whitaker, 20, a member of a Virginia Beach-based “line” of the Bloods street gang, was one of two masked gunmen who robbed a Virginia Beach Food Lion grocery store and attempted to rob a Harris Teeter grocery store, also in Virginia Beach. During the robberies, Heuser-Whitaker pushed a semi-automatic handgun into the backs of the store managers while demanding money from the stores’ safes.

Heuser-Whitaker and his nine co-conspirators worked in at least six-man teams for each robbery, which included inside and outside look-outs, getaway drivers, and two gunmen. The robbery crew used police scanners to monitor law enforcement activity and earpieces to communicate with one another. The gunmen were in and out of the stores within minutes.

In the final attempted robbery at the Harris Teeter store, the other masked gunman, Devonta Doyle, shot the manager after the manager was unable to open the safe. Heuser-Whitaker, Doyle, and others fled the scene and threw their shoes out of their getaway car in an area near Regent University. The FBI and Virginia Beach Police Department located the shoes and submitted them for DNA analysis, which tied one of the shoes to Heuser-Whitaker. Investigators were able to link most of the co-conspirators to a group of friends who attended Tallwood High School and lived in the College Park neighborhood of Virginia Beach.

Heuser-Whitaker was convicted on all counts after a jury trial in July 2019, and he is the next-to-last defendant to be sentenced in the case. He and the co-conspirators who were sentenced earlier this year have received a combined 120 years in prison for their roles in the crimes.

Defendant

Role

 

Sentence

Trevor Tisdale

Getaway driver at two robberies

100 months

Quayshawn Davidson

Gunman at one robbery (brandished)

108 months

Keonte Yorkshire

Outside lookout at two robberies; inside lookout at one robbery

150 months

Brandon Tisdale

Participated in all three robberies; outside lookout and getaway driver

154 months

Devonta Doyle

Participated in all three robberies; gunman at two robberies; discharged weapon at last robbery

212 months

Cato Battle

Participated in two robberies; gunman at one robbery

115 months

Monica Perkins

Inside lookout at one robbery

108 months

Willey Brooks

Supervisory role; inside lookout at one robbery

216 months

 

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