Release Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:45 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Michael Ronell Bowden, 20 years old, previously residing in the 5800 block of Westerwald Place, Virginia Beach, Virginia, pled guilty and was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A, Bonwill Shockley to a total of forty (40) years in the Virginia Penitentiary for Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Twenty-seven (27) years were suspended conditioned upon twenty-seven (27) years good behavior and supervised probation.
The Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on December 12, 2008, the victim was at a club called Hart’s café, where he met two women who asked him to drive them to a residence. After the victim left the residence, one of the women called asking him to return to hang out together. When the victim returned to the apartments, he got out of his car and was approached by Bowden and co-defendant Bryson Bailey who produced a handgun. The two men forced the victim to his knees with the gun to his head. He gave them his property which included his cell phone, jewelry, and wallet with his credit card. Ricky Jackson was acting as the lookout. Tyshawn House was waiting as the getaway driver in one of the cars along with the two females. After taking his property, Bowden, Bailey and Jackson got into the getaway car and sped off. After the victim was robbed he immediately contacted the Virginia Beach police. They in turn contacted the victim’s credit card company and were advised that his credit card had just been used at an IHOP in Norfolk. The Norfolk police responded and apprehended all six defendants along with the handgun.
The driver of the getaway car, Tyshawn House, was sentenced to seven (7) years to serve for his actions. One of the women, Monica Jones, the other female is awaiting trial. Bryson Bailey and Ricky Jackson are pending sentencing
Bowden was previously convicted of Petit Larceny in Norfolk in 2008 and has pending Robbery and Use of a Firearm charges in Norfolk.
Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney William F. Monroe prosecuted this case. Please call Julie Pickell if additional information is desired.