Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee, Nashville
Assigned on Briefs Date: May 10, 2016
Appeal from the Criminal Court for Davidson County No.
2013-A-891 Steve R. Dozier, Judge
Appellant, Robreka Jay Quan Sullivan, was found guilty by a
Davidson County Criminal Court Jury of aggravated robbery and
aggravated burglary, and she received a total effective
sentence of ten years. On appeal, the Appellant challenges
the sufficiency of the evidence sustaining her convictions.
Specifically, she contends that the victim's testimony
was not credible and that the State proved, at most, that she
was involved in the disposition of stolen property. Upon
review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgments of the Criminal
William E. Griffith (on appeal) and Bryan Boyd (at trial),
Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Robreka Jay Quan
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark
B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney
General; and J. Wesley King, Assistant District Attorney
General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.
McGee Ogle, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which
Robert W. Wedemeyer and Timothy L. Easter, JJ., joined.
MCGEE OGLE, JUDGE
March 2013, the Davidson County Grand Jury indicted the
Appellant and Ladon Doak for the aggravated robbery of
Ishabeka Williams,  the aggravated burglary of Williams's
home, and the aggravated assaults of Shanelle Jones and
Charmaine Peters. The defendants were tried jointly.
trial, Williams testified that at the time of the offenses,
January 18, 2013, she was living at 1609 11th Avenue North in
Nashville. Apartments A and B were in the front of the
building, and apartments C and D were in the back of the
building. Williams lived in apartment B. She said that the
apartment had a "shotgun layout." She explained
that the front door opened into the living room, a bedroom
was located to the left, another bedroom was located down a
hallway and to the left, and the kitchen and the bathroom
were in the back of the apartment.
aunt lived in apartment D. Sequoia, whose last name Williams
did not know, and Charmaine Peters lived in apartment A.
Williams became friends with the women because they were
neighbors and talked each day. Williams also became friends
with Shannelle Jones, who was Peters's friend and was
often at Peters's apartment.
recalled that on the night of January 17, 2013, Jones and
Ladon Doak came to Williams's apartment. Jones introduced
Doak, whom Williams had not met before, as her brother. The
trio sat in the living room and talked. Doak asked if
Williams would give him a ride so he could "rob his girl
friend baby daddy." Williams responded that she was not
interested. They changed the subject and continued talking.
Doak and Jones stayed at the apartment for approximately two
hours then left.
that night, Doak and Jones returned to the apartment. Doak
asked Williams to drive him to "Dodge City."
Williams, uncomfortable because of their earlier conversation
about a robbery, asked her aunt to come with them. Williams
drove Doak and Jones to "an alley-type road" in
"Dodge City." After they got out of the car,
Williams and her aunt returned home. Williams did not see
Doak and Jones again until the next day.
next afternoon, Jones called Williams and asked if she was at
home. Williams responded that she was at her aunt's
apartment. Approximately thirty minutes later, Williams
returned home, and Jones walked into Williams's
apartment. They sat in the kitchen, and Jones said that after
Williams "dropped them off" the previous night, she
and Doak "had words." Jones explained to Williams
that "whatever they tried to do over there where [you]
took them didn't go right."
said that as they were talking, Doak and the Appellant, whom
she identified in court, knocked on the front door of
Williams's apartment. The Appellant, who "did all
the talking, " asked for Jones. Williams saw the
Appellant's hand on a gun and knew "whatever they
was there for wasn't any good." Accordingly, she
told them that Jones was not there and must have gone to the
Appellant and Doak left and walked down the street. A few
minutes later, Williams asked Jones to get some dressing for
her pizza from her aunt's apartment, and Jones left. When
Jones returned, she did not lock the front door and did not
act as if anything were wrong. Williams noticed that light
was coming from the front of the apartment and realized that
the front door was open. She saw the Appellant running down
the hallway, carrying a chrome gun with a wooden handle. Doak
was following the Appellant. Williams thought the Appellant
and Doak were coming for Jones. Williams planned to move the
piece of wood that was blocking her back door and go for
help. Before she could leave, however, the Appellant struck
her with the gun. Williams's forehead was bleeding, and
she grabbed a towel from the stove. The Appellant demanded to
know the location of "the money, " "the guns,
" and "the dope." Williams responded that she
did not have any of those items in her apartment. The
Appellant told Doak to search the apartment and instructed
Williams to sit on her bed.
said that during the robbery, the Appellant and Doak
"passed" the gun between them "twice."
Doak never hit Williams, but before he began searching the
apartment, he pointed the gun at her to get her to tell him
where to find the money, guns, and drugs. Williams watched
Doak search the apartment, beginning in Williams's
bedroom. As he searched, he "trashed" the
apartment, pulling all of the pillows off the couch and
taking everything out of the closet and dresser drawers. When
he did not find money, guns, or drugs, he took two cellular
telephones, two televisions, two laptop computers, and
Williams's purse, which contained her wallet and
approximately $200. Williams recalled that while she was
sitting on her bed, she noticed that Peters and Jones had
entered the apartment. As the robbery proceeded, Peters and
Jones "[p]aced" through the apartment.
the robbery, the Appellant hit Williams with the gun five or
six times, including twice on her head. The Appellant pointed
the gun at Williams and remarked that she should kill
Williams because she would call the police when the ...