Thursday, 11 June 2015 07:17

Westwood Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Robbery, Other Crimes

Roderickus Tate Roderickus Tate SCSO
MEMPHIS – June 10, 2015 - A Westwood-area man was sentenced to 21 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to a series of felonies including kidnapping, robbery and burglary, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
Roderickus Tate, 24, who was known to his victims as “Hot Rod,” pleaded guilty to especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and employing a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Investigators said that on March 20, 2013, in the 4000 block of Ponca, also in Westwood, Tate robbed a woman exiting her car of a phone, $10 cash, cigarettes and cigars. The woman also was struck several times.
The commotion attracted the attention of another woman at the same address who came to the front door. Tate and a partner, however, forced their way inside, dragging the first victim with them.
The gunmen dragged the two women from room to room in the house and took a mini Ipad, a 50-inch television, a laptop computer, jewelry and speakers. The two men and a third perpetrator who joined them in the house then fled the scene.
Tate was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Omar Malik.
The other assailants were never identified.