Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sign up for the 27th Citizens Police Academy


September 20, 2018

Are you interested in learning more about the operations of the Richmond Police Department?

The Department is now accepting applications for the 27th Citizens Police Academy as a way to improve relationships with RPD, develop stronger advocates, and promote safety in the community.

The Citizens Police Academy begins October 9 and runs through November 8. The sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Richmond Police Headquarters, 200 West Grace Street and various locations throughout the city.

Sessions will include, but are not limited to: RPD patrol functions, crime prevention through environmental design, personal safety, hands-on exercises, tours within the Richmond Police Department and much more.

Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy will become official “Volunteers in Police Services” (VIPS). Members of VIPS are notified of volunteer opportunities, events, special programs, and services with RPD.

Anyone who has interest in the Department is welcome to attend the academy. This is also a perfect opportunity for someone who is interested in law enforcement or wants to learn more about the law enforcement profession.

To apply, please complete the application and return it before the start of the Academy.

Applications are also available at
richmondgov.com/police. For additional information email RPDCares@richmondgov.com.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Victim Identified in Mechanicsville Turnpike Homicide


September 18, 2018

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim of yesterday’s homicide as
Joshua A. Grey, 23, of the 7200 block of Riverside Drive.

At approximately 1:36 p.m., officers were called to a convenience store at the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Carver Street for the report of a person down.

Officers arrived and found Grey in the store down and unresponsive. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Detectives believe the shooting occurred near the intersection and that Grey, after being injured, ran into the store where he succumbed to his injury.

Since Mechanicsville Turnpike is a busy stretch of roadway in the East End during the afternoon hours, detectives believe several persons were in the area and near the store when the shooting occurred. Detectives are asking those present at the scene or anyone with any information about this homicide to call Major Crimes Detective T. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Suspects Sought in Credit Card Fraud


September 18, 2018

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify two suspects in the attached photos who are believed to be using stolen credit card information in several stores across the Richmond metro area.

On July 5, a local financial institution called detectives to report five separate credit card frauds that occurred to three separate card holders. The fraudulent charges occurred sometime between May 31 and July 2 at two separate Kroger locations in the 3500 block of West Cary Street and the 900 block of North Lombardy Street.

Two male suspects were also caught on surveillance footage on Thursday, September 6 in two separate Walmart locations in the 5000 block of Nine Mile Road and 2400 block of Sheila Lane where they made purchases with the stolen credit card information. Detectives believe the two are also responsible for the fraudulent purchases that occurred at the two Kroger locations.

Detectives have determined that the suspects are involved in a breach with a local financial institution. Over 200 victims have been impacted and approximately $75,000 in fraudulent purchases have been made by the two suspects.

Detectives ask anyone with any information to call Third Precinct Detective M. Williams at (804) 646-1007 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip or submit a tip online at
www.7801000.com
. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.



Monday, September 17, 2018

Mechanicsville Turnpike Homicide Investigation


September 17, 2018

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred this afternoon on Mechanicsville Turnpike.

At approximately 1:36 p.m., officers were called to the 1600 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike for the report of a person down.

Officers arrived and found an adult male in a convenience store down and unresponsive. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Detectives do not believe the shooting occurred in the convenience store but are instead working on the belief that the victim was shot nearby.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective T. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Victim and Offender Identified in Domestic-Related Homicide, Suicide

September 17, 2018

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim and offender in the domestic-related homicide and suicide that began with a shooting on Northside Avenue last week.

At approximately 2:25 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, officers were called to the 700 block of Northside Avenue for the report of a person down. Officers arrived and found Tanya P. Washington, 47, of the 700 block of Northside Avenue, down and unresponsive in the roadway near the intersection of Meadowbridge Road. She had suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Later that same day at approximately 12:55 p.m., detectives working the investigation went to a home in the 3100 block of Letcher Avenue and found Leon E. Willis, 57, of that same address, down and unresponsive from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Detectives believe Washington and Willis were in a relationship.

Anyone with further information about this homicide and suicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective D. Cuffley at (804) 646-6795 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Northside Avenue Homicide Investigation


September 13, 2018

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred this morning on Northside Avenue.

At approximately 2:25 a.m., officers were called to the 700 block of Northside Avenue for the report of a person down.

Officers arrived and found an adult female down and unresponsive in the roadway near the intersection of Meadowbridge Road suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective D. Cuffley at (804) 646-6795 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Community Walk in the Church Hill Neighborhood


September 11, 2018

WHAT:                     Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                    5:30 p.m. TODAY, September 11, 2018

WHERE:                 3000 block of M Street 

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham, Command Staff and other Richmond Police Department officers will walk at 5:30 p.m. today through the Church Hill neighborhood. During the walk, officers will speak with community members about safety concerns they may have and what they would like to see from the Richmond Police Department.

                                Sector 111 Lt. Ken Roane said the area, like many in Richmond, has seen incidents of property crimes, specifically theft from motor vehicles and motor vehicle thefts.

“During this community walk, we will go door-to-door and speak with residents and discuss ways to help prevent these types of property crimes,” said Lt. Roane. “This is also a good opportunity for our sector officers to meet more community members so we can share ideas for an even safer Church Hill neighborhood.”

This event is the latest in a series of walks conducted by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.