Man sentenced for 2014 murder of Tropical Delights security guard

Posted at 12:26 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 12:26:16-04

Virginia Beach, Va. – Andrew Wesley Roberts was formally sentenced Wednesday to serve an 11-year sentence recommended by a jury for the 2014 murder of a security guard at Tropical Delights Restaurant and Lounge in Virginia Beach.

Roberts was found guilty of Second Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony during a trial in December 2015.

Andrew Wesley Roberts: Murder, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony and Aggravated Malicious Wounding

Andrew Wesley Roberts: 

Officials say on May 21st, 2014, Roberts and two women went to Tropical Delights on Indian River Road in Virginia Beach. Tyrone Martin was working as a security guard there checking IDs at the front door. Roberts and the women went in the building and Martin approached one of the women because she did not show her ID.  Martin and the woman got into an argument and she went out to her car and refused to show an ID.

Roberts exited the building after the woman left and also started to argue with Martin. Roberts pulled out a gun and shot Martin three times, he was hit twice.

Martin collapsed inside the Tropical Delights and died at the hospital two days later.

The whole incident was captured on surveillance and played during the trial.

Roberts first left the scene in a car and then got out and ran away.

He threw the gun in the river the next day and then he ran to Atlanta. It was there that he was captured by a U.S. Marshals-led task force.


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