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Two local men charged after money tracker leads to robbery arrest

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 16:45:51-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Two men have been indicted on charges stemming from multiple convenience store robberies.

According to the allegations in the indictment, 19-year-old Darrius Ford and 21-year-old Daniel Zeigler-Irizarry, Jr., robbed several convenience stores of cash and commercial products in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake.

Ford and Zeigler-Irizarry did not know that during the final robbery, a tracker was embedded in the stolen money.

Officials said using the signal emitted from that tracker, Newport News Police located the defendants in a stolen vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. Ford and Zeigler-Irizarry are then accused of leading police on a high-speed pursuit before crashing.

Both were apprehended a short distance away from the scene of the crash.

Ford and Zeigler-Irizarry, Jr. are charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by means of robbery, seven counts of interference and attempted interference with commerce by means of robbery, and six counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.

If convicted, Ford and Zeigler-Irizarry, Jr. face a mandatory minimum sentence of 42 years in prison.