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Newport News pair indicted in string of robberies, 2 in York County

A Newport News couple has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a string of robberies throughout eastern Virginia, including two in York County.

Christopher Robertson, 33, and Aquilla Jones, 38, are accused of robbing and attempting to rob 13 businesses in Virginia Beach, Newport News, York County, Chesapeake and Spotsylvania County, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia returned an indictment for each of the Newport News residents.

The robberies took place between September 2013 and December 2014.

According to the release, there were also “unnamed co-conspirators” that agreed to rob the businesses.

Jones and Robertson are each charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and Hobbs Act robbery.

Hobbs Act robbery refers to a robbery or attempted robbery that affects interstate or foreign commerce.

If they are convicted, Jones and Robertson each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years in prison, and a maximum of life in prison.

  • Sept. 24, 2013, Gulf Gas Station, 2120 Plank Road, Fredericksburg
  • Oct. 1, 2013, Captain D’s, 2626 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg
  • Oct. 6, 2013, Big Lots, 4318 George Washington Highway, Yorktown
  • Oct. 8, 2013, Fast Mart, 5166 Mudd Tavern Road, Spotsylvania
  • Oct. 13, 2013, Food Lion, 7100 Salem Fields Blvd. Spottsylvania (Attempt)
  • Dec. 4, 2014, Citgo Gas Station, 780 J. Clyde Morris Ave., Newport News
  • Dec. 6, 2014, Shell Gas Station, 600 Hampton Highway, Yorktown
  • Dec. 6, 2014, Hop and Shop, 12961 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News
  • Dec. 8, 2014, Shell Gas Station, 10732 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News
  • Dec. 10, 2014, Smoke Shop, 3115 Western Branch Blvd., Chesapeake (Attempt)
  • Dec. 11, 2014, Mini-Mart, Green Meadows Drive, Virginia Beach
  • Dec. 12, 2014, Gulf Gas Station, 2120 Plank Road, Fredericksburg
  • Dec. 13, 2014, Subway Restaurant, 9817 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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