Friday, December 4, 2020

Arrest Made, Man Charged in Double Fatal Crash from Thanksgiving Day

 December 4, 2020

The Richmond Police Department’s Special Operations Division-Traffic Crash Team, with the assistance of the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, has made an arrest in connection to the double fatal crash that occurred on Thanksgiving Day.

Ryann Daniels was captured yesterday afternoon by deputies in Currituck County. At approximately 1:30 p.m., the deputies responded to a report of the wanted subject at a residence. As the deputies approached the residence, Daniels fled on foot into a wooded area on the backside of the property. A K-9 unit, accompanied by several deputies, tracked Daniels and took him into custody.

Daniels has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. His booking photo is attached. He is currently being held at the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office detention center on a $500,000 bond.

At approximately 7:54 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2020, Daniels was driving a pick-up truck westbound on Brookland Park Boulevard, disregarded a red light and entered the intersection of Chamberlayne Avenue – striking two vehicles, including an SUV, that were traveling southbound on Chamberlayne Avenue.

All three vehicles then collided with three vehicles that were stopped in the eastbound lanes of Brookland Park Boulevard.

Karen Murphy and Kevin Hancock were in the SUV. Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene. Hancock was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

It is always tragic losing a loved one, but especially on a holiday centered on time spent with family. We want to send the victims’ families our sincerest condolences during this difficult time,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith. “Our crash team investigators have been working diligently to apprehend the suspect. I would like to thank them and the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office for their tremendous work.”

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator D. Olson at (804) 646-1664 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous. 



Thursday, December 3, 2020

Arrest Made in Erich Road Homicide

December 3, 2020

Richmond Police detectives have made an arrest in the homicide of Ricky G. Seldon that occurred in October on Erich Road.

A male juvenile in his late teens has been charged with murder.

At approximately 11:37 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, officers responded to the 100 block of Erich Road for the report of a person down. Once on scene, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective A. Darnell at (804) 646-3927 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

Runaway Child Sought

December 3, 2020

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway child.

Amara Sesay, 12, was last seen on Friday, November 13, 2020 in the 2200 block of Chalfont Drive. Amara is not familiar with the area, but may be staying in motels along the Midlothian Corridor. He needs to be interviewed in regards to an ongoing investigation.

Sesay is approximately 5’ and weighs about 115 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Major Crimes Detective D.W. Longoria at (804) 510-4192 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.



Wednesday, December 2, 2020

“RVA League for Safer Streets” Back in Action

December 2, 2020

 

WHAT:                    Media availability – RVA League for Safer Streets basketball game

 

WHEN:                    7 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2020

 

WHERE:                 Celebration Church – 5501 Midlothian Turnpike

 

BACKGROUND:    The “RVA League for Safer Streets” is back in action with the 2020 fall season underway and organizers are taking extra precautions, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

                                Everyone entering the Celebration Church facility – including all players, staff, and personnel – undergoes a rapid COVID-19 test. Once they are cleared, they can hit the courts to play their scheduled games.

 

                                “RVA League for Safer Streets” was founded in 2017 by Paul Taylor and the late Jawad Abdu, both returning citizens, to address issues of gang violence in their communities. The program serves to develop strong character traits among youth and young adults, with the hope of reducing violent crime.

 

“RVA League for Safer Streets” is sponsored and supported by the Richmond Police Department. RPD is able to use the circumstances and relationships developed during the seasons as a means to engage the community and to provide services to participants and their families in need of resources.

 

This is an opportunity for media to get photos and/or video of a game and speak to the organizers about why it is important to continue this kind of community engagement, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Any media outlet interested in covering the event must RSVP with RPD Public Affairs in advance.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Suspect Sought in N 23rd Street Armed Robbery

December 1, 2020

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos, who is suspected of robbing a man at gunpoint.

At approximately 7:35 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020, security video from a residence in the 1300 block of N 23rd Street shows the victim running up to the porch with the unknown suspect chasing him. The victim ran to a random location and yelled out a random name, in hopes of deterring the suspect from robbing him. The suspect, armed with a handgun, continued to chase after the victim and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect does have a goatee. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored Nike hoodie, a surgical mask, blue stonewashed cut-up jeans and brown Timberland boots.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call First Precinct Detective D. Jones at (804) 646-0689 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.  The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.




Monday, November 30, 2020

Victims Identified in Six Vehicle Collision on Thanksgiving Day

November 30, 2020

The Richmond Police Department’s Special Operations Division-Traffic Crash Team has identified the victims of last week’s six vehicle collision as Karen Murphy, a female in her 50s, and Kevin Hancock, a male in his 50s.

At approximately 7:54 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2020, the operator of a pick-up truck, traveling westbound on Brookland Park Boulevard, disregarded a red light and entered the intersection of Chamberlayne Avenue, striking two vehicles, including an SUV, that were traveling southbound on Chamberlayne Avenue.

All three vehicles then collided with three vehicles that were stopped in the eastbound lanes of Brookland Park Boulevard.

Murphy and Hancock were in the SUV. Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene. Hancock was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the pick-up truck, an adult male and sole occupant, was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening. Charges are pending

Occupants of the other vehicles, all adults, suffered minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator D. Olson at 804-646-1664 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous. 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Delivery Vest-Wearing Suspect Sought in Package Thefts

November 27, 2020

Third Precinct detectives need the public’s help to identify the male in the photo who is suspected of stealing packages from several homes this week.

In several incidents, the adult male wore a blue delivery-type vest, much like the one in the attached photo, which could give onlookers the impression he was legitimately making deliveries. With a parcel or box in hand, the suspect would approach a porch, which already had parcels present, switch out the real delivered boxes with the one he approached with, and walk to a waiting vehicle.

The vehicle, also pictured partially obscured by tree branches, is a blue sedan, possibly a Nissan Sentra.

If anyone sees suspicious activity or what they believe to be this suspect they are asked to call 911. Anyone with information is also asked to email Third Precinct Lieutenant Phibbs at william.phibbs@richmondgov.com or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

The Richmond Police Department suggests that during this busy season of package delivery:

  • Consider having packages delivered to your place of employment;
  • Ask a family member or trusted neighbor to receive your parcels;
  • Pick up packages at a local distribution center or locker location, or;
  • Request signature on delivery.