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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Tracy Doherty-McCormick
, United States Attorney
Contact: Joshua Stueve

Robber with Forehead Tattoo Sentenced to 30 Years

RICHMOND, Va. – A man whose forehead tattoo helped victims and investigators confirm his identity was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for possessing a firearm during two robberies of convenience stores in late 2016.

According to court documents, Vince Nicholas, 24, of Petersburg, committed six robberies over a three month span in late 2016. On Dec. 11, 2016, Nicholas entered a 7-Eleven in Hopewell and robbed two store clerks for cash and products. During the robbery, the clerks noticed Nicholas had a distinct tattoo in the middle of his forehead. The clerks later described it as a “half-sun” shape. Law enforcement subsequently arrested Nicholas at his home after receiving an anonymous tip alleging that he was conducting the robberies. During a post-arrest interview, Nicholas admitted to the 7-Eleven robbery in Hopewell as well as five additional robberies where he can be identified by victims and/or on camera by his clothing and/or distinctive forehead tattoo.

During each robbery, Nicholas possessed and brandished the firearm toward store employees demanding money and, on at least one occasion, threatening the victims’ life.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen E. Anthony prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:17-cr-120.


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