Police: Woman’s Confession Leads to Arrest of Husband, Friend

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Three adults are facing felony charges after police say the suspects invaded a home in James City County and punched one of its occupants in the jaw before leaving with the occupant’s guns.

Two juveniles — who are not being named due to their ages — are also suspected in the November robbery that occurred in a home near the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. One of them, a 15-year-old boy, was detained in November, and petitions are being sought for another juvenile whose age and gender is not known at this time.

Along with the two minors, the three adults from Newport News — Jaleshia Whitlock, her husband Cameron Whitlock and Giovaunie Banton — are accused of going to the home of 58-year-old woman and beating her before taking firearms they found in the house.

The 15-year-old boy gave police the names of the other four suspects, and Jaleshia Whitlock, 19, was the first of the adults to be arrested by James City County Police last week.

She confessed to officers she drove the other four suspects in a black Chevy Malibu to the 100 block of King William Drive off Olde Towne Road on Nov. 8, according to a complaint filed against her husband in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

Her confession led to the arrest of Cameron Whitlock and Banton on April 7.

Deputy Chief Steve Rubino with the James City County Police Department said one of the juveniles entered the home at around 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 after a 16-year-old boy who lived there let him in, and three males entered the home shortly after.

Rubino said the three males began searching the home for guns and valuables, and two of the males went upstairs into a bedroom, where they were confronted by the 58-year-old stepmother.

The stepmother tried to call 911, but one of the males put her in a headlock and began punching her repeatedly, Rubino said.

The woman fought back by biting the suspect but was knocked down to the ground and kicked by one of the suspects.

The four suspects eventually left the home with the woman’s purse — which contained her cell phone, $50, her checkbook and a credit card — and two guns, a shotgun and a rifle.

The stepmother suffered a fractured jaw and was transported to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital to be treated, police said.

Back at the car, Jaleshia Whitlock saw the four suspects “running up the street with two long bags that contained the stolen firearms,” court documents show.

Jaleshia Whitlock told police “she was scared because she knew her husband and his friends did something wrong,” and that she “didn’t have any idea what they were going to do,” the investigator wrote in the complaint.

The stolen firearms were recovered at her Newport News home Dec. 27 when police were called for a domestic situation, and 18-year-old Cameron Whitlock was arrested in connection with that incident.

Jaleshia Whitlock is facing felony conspiracy to commit robbery and two felony counts of theft of a firearm.

Banton, 18, is facing two counts of grand larceny, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of felonious assault and one count of breaking and entering, which are all felonies.

Banton and Jaleshia Whitlock will appear in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. May 12.

Cameron Whitlock is facing one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count of breaking and entering, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and two counts of grand larceny, which are all felonies. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 14.

The 15-year-old boy who was arrested in November faces robbery, felony assault, grand larceny, and breaking and entering, which are all felonies.

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