WILLIAMSBURG — Four men charged in a January home invasion at Lafayette Village in which one victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head will likely face trial accused of robbery and attempted murder.
Christopher A. Williams Jr., 21, Devonte J. Hayes, 21, D'Andre A. Hardy, 22, all of Williamsburg, and Marklin A. Mitchell Jr., 21, of White Plains, N.Y., are each charged with one count of robbery and attempted murder. Charges against all four men were certified to a grand jury Thursday in General District Court.
Officers responded to the 100 block of Lafayette Boulevard around 9 p.m. on Jan. 4, according to a criminal complaint against Marklin which mirrors that of the other suspects. When they arrived they found a victim who had been shot in the back of the head.
The four men, all wearing bandannas over their faces and carrying shotguns or handguns, reportedly forced their way into an apartment occupied by five people, ages 16-22, and two small children, Maj. Stephen Rubino with James City Police said at the time of the incident. The gunshot victim told police the men demanded everyone's money and phone, according to the complaint.
The complaint states one man inside the house reported being thrown to the ground, kicked and punched in the head and notes another was hit with a chair before a table was thrown on top of him. One man and one woman also told police they were held at gunpoint, according to the document.
One victim had his iPhone stolen, according to a police narrative written by Officer Jimmie Reardon, and a ping of the phone conducted by Verizon located it on Pocahontas Trail near Carter's Grove Plantation.
The report notes that a witness advised the subjects left the area in a Ford Taurus and provided a license plate number. The witness told police the car was parked in front of the residence and reported that he saw several armed black males putting on masks near it, according to the complaint. The police report indicates an officer responded to Pocahontas Trail in an attempt to locate the car.
Rubino said the vehicle was located about an hour and a half later on Algonquin Trail, then stopped by police at a 7-Eleven store. Several blue bandannas were found between the car's front seats and a revolver was found under the driver's seat, according to the complaint.
Mike Gaten, assistant commonwealth attorney, said Friday that the homeowner and owner of the gun that was recovered testified Thursday. He said the handgun is significant because it was the weapon used to shoot the victim.
All four sets of charges will go to a grand jury on March 19.
Robertson can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.