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Two men accused of breaking into a man’s apartment, threatening the homeowner while holding a gun to his head and stealing marijuana are a step closer to trial.
In a preliminary hearing Thursday, an 18-year-old Williamsburg man testified for more than an hour against Terrance Andretti Martin Jr. and Alexandrea A. Brown, who are facing several felony charges for the alleged robbery.
Williamsburg-James City County General District Judge Colleen Killilea ruled the prosecution had enough evidence against Martin, 20, and Brown, 18, to move the cases to a grand jury, who will decide whether they will face trial.
The accuser testified the two suspects were at his apartment, located on Ernestine Avenue off Ironbound Road in Williamsburg, with his houseguest when he got home from school Oct. 21.
The four of them played video games during the afternoon, and eventually Martin, Brown and the houseguest left the apartment.
The 18-year-old said he then walked his mother to her job at McDonald’s on Richmond Road with her boyfriend before returning to the apartment with the boyfriend.
“The next thing we know, somebody came into the house with guns pointed at us,” he said.
He said Brown and Martin were both wearing bandannas and hats and had what appeared to be silver revolvers.
The suspects demanded to know “where the weed was,” and Martin directed the 18-year-old to his bedroom while Brown held the mother’s boyfriend — who had been told to lay on the ground — at gunpoint in the living room, the 18-year-old said.
Once in the bedroom, Martin asked several times where he could find the weed and eventually the 18-year-old retrieved it from its hiding spot in the bedroom and gave it to Martin.
He testified Martin, who is also facing a capital murder charge in James City County in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in a separate incident, hit him in the back of the head with the butt of the gun before telling him to “get on the ground and crawl into the front room.”
The accuser said while the two were in the bedroom, Martin asked him “Do you want to die?”
After Martin and Brown left with the mason jar of marijuana, the accuser “sat back down and thought about what happened,” he testified.
He and his mother’s boyfriend did not alert the police about the incident until January because “I knew if they were arrested, the family members might come and retaliate,” the accuser testified.
Maj. Greg Riley with the Williamsburg Police Department said in February the accuser had delayed reporting the theft because of the connection to illegal drugs.
During interviews with police and in a statement he typed, the accuser said the incident happened May 21. When he reviewed his statement a few days later, he noticed there was a “typing error” and notified police the incident occurred Oct. 21. Brown, who had originally been arrested as a juvenile in connection with the incident, turned 18 in August.
The accuser and his mother’s boyfriend will not face any charges for having marijuana in the apartment.
Killilea certified one count each of robbery, breaking and entering, burglary, abduction and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in Brown’s case.
She dismissed a second robbery charge and a second use of a firearm charge.
In Martin’s case, she certified two counts of abduction and one count each of robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and breaking and entering.
One count of robbery against him was dismissed.
The grand jury will convene at 9 a.m. May 20 in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.