VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A 50-year-old Virginia Beach man was convicted Monday of attacking and robbing his own girlfriend in February.
Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said a jury found Ralph Lamont DeBrow guilty of robbery, abduction, petit larceny and assault and battery of a family member.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said DeBrow picked his live-in girlfriend up from work on Feb. 27, telling her he had a surprise for her. When they got home, he blindfolded her with a tie and immediately punched her in the mouth.
DeBrow reportedly tied the victim’s arms and legs together with neck ties and an extension cord and punched her again. He then took her cell phone, credit card, insurance card, driver’s license and car keys before fleeing in her vehicle.
About a week later, a family member brought DeBrow to police, claiming he wanted to turn himself in. Pridgen said he was acting strangely and told police he had taken multiple illegal drugs. He was taken to a local hospital.
DeBrow admitted to attacking his girlfriend and provided police with information on where to find the car and some of her belongings.
Pridgen said DeBrow has prior convictions for malicious wounding, burglary, destruction of property, obstruction of justice and petit larceny. A jury recommended a sentence of 17 years, 24 months and a $5,000 fine.
He will be formally sentenced on Jan. 14.
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