Wednesday, November 15, 2017

RPD to Promote 17 Officers from within its Ranks

November 15, 2017

The Richmond Police Department is pleased to announce the promotions of 17 officers to the ranks of major, captain, lieutenant and sergeant at 10 a.m. tomorrow, November 16 at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road.

Mayor Levar Stoney will join Chief Alfred Durham for the promotion of one new major, two new captains, four new lieutenants, and 10 new sergeants.

Promoted to the rank of major is:
    Sybil El-Amin

Being promoted to the rank of captain is:
1.    Michael Bender
2.    Tim Wyatt

Being promoted to the rank of lieutenant are:
1.    Robert Fleming
2.    James Killingsworth
3.    Anthony Papaleo
4.    James Roberts

Being promoted to the rank of sergeant are:
1.    Daniel Awad
2.    Doran Broadnax
3.    Nicholas Castrinos
4.    Anthony Catoggio
5.    Donnell Patterson
6.    John Raina
7.    Robert Smith
8.    Travis Thompson
9.    George Wade
10. Chris Williams

The public and media are encouraged to attend.

Triple Homicide in Gilpin Court Cleared

November 15, 2017

The Richmond Police Department, after consultation and review with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, has exceptionally cleared the triple homicide case that occurred in the Gilpin Court neighborhood last September.

Detectives have identified Marvin C. Eley, 28, of the 3200 block of M Street as a responsible party in the shooting deaths of Aaron Robinson, 50 and Cynthia K. Williams, 26, both of the 1200 block of St. Paul Street, and Jenelle Smith, 26, of the 1200 block of St. James Street. Detectives continue to investigate this incident.

At approximately 4:26 a.m., Sunday, September 10, officers were called to the 1200 block of St. Paul Street for a report of random gunfire. When they arrived they were directed to an apartment where they discovered the three victims.

Less than an hour later that same morning, at 5:40 a.m., officers at the scene of the shooting heard gunfire nearby and responded. In the 100 block of West Federal Street they found Eley suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have yet been made in connection to the Eley homicide and the motive and circumstances of that incident are still under investigation.

Anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigations is asked to call Major Crimes Detectives M. Godwin at (804) 646-5533 or Det. G. Russell at (804) 646-7715 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Arrests Made in Jefferson Davis Highway Homicide

November 14, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has made two arrests in connection to the homicide last month of Chanti N. Robinson in a parking lot on Jefferson Davis Highway.

Christopher L. Shelly, 39, of the 2000 block of Dinwiddie Avenue was arrested last month without incident by members of the Second Precinct Focus Mission Team. Rodney F. Lynch, 44, of the 1500 block of Ingram Avenue was arrested last week without incident, also by members of Second Precinct FMT. Shelly and Lynch have both been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

At approximately 5:02 a.m., on Tuesday, October 10, police received a call for a person down in the 4600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. When police arrived, they located Robinson, who had suffered injuries from gunshot wounds, unresponsive in the rear parking lot of a business. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide detectives and Second Precinct FMT officers tirelessly worked this investigation, following leads, conducting interviews and making the arrests. The Department would also like to thank Chesterfield Police and the Crime Stoppers program for their assistance with this investigation.

Anyone with further information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective R. Wigfall at (804) 646-6769 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

Community Walk in the Bellemeade Neighborhood

November 14, 2016

Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                      5:30 p.m. Today, November 14, 2017

                    2500 Afton Avenue – Gene’s Market

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham
will lead his Command Staff and other RPD the officers on a walk at 5:00 p.m. today, November 1, through the Bellemeade 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 213 Lieutenant Robert Marland said so far this year the neighborhood is down in the grand total of major crimes. However, he said the area has seen an increase in burglary of commercial properties and theft from motor vehicles.

The Bellemeade Neighborhood is a long standing and well established neighborhood,” said Lt. Marland.  “One of the core elements of tackling issues is citizen involvement in identifying and addressing public safety concerns. I cannot thank the citizens of Bellemeade enough for their work with my officers in addressing crimes in their 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.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Suspect Sought after Threatening Employee with Firearm

November 13, 2017
The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in the attached photos who is a suspected of brandishing a firearm inside a downtown 7-Eleven.

At approximately 5:38 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, the suspect walked into the 7-eleven, located at 1001 E. Main Street, asking for cigarillos. The victim asked the suspect for identification and after going back and forth, the suspect threw his ID on the counter. The victim then told the suspect to leave. After refusing, he pulled out a firearm and stated “b**ches like you, I’ll shoot.”

The suspect left the store and fled on foot.

He is described as a black male in his early 20’s and approximately 5’5” feet tall. At the time he was wearing a black zipped up hoodie with headphones on, dark pants and black shoes.

Anyone with any information about these individuals or their whereabouts is asked to call First Precinct Detective Tori Wilson at (804) 646-0672 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Submit tips to GUN250 about persons illegally possessing guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

RPD Promotes Safety for Places of Worship

November 13, 2017
Mosques, churches, synagogues and all places of worship should be havens from the chaos of life. Safety is paramount and adopting a few simple procedures can dramatically increase the security of these sanctuaries and help to protect the people within and the surrounding property.

The Richmond Police Department will be hosting a safety and awareness forum for religious gathering places. The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. A variety of topics will be discussed, including general safety, preparing for an emergency, firearms in places of worship and pastoral protection.                                                                                   
The forum will be held at the
Richmond Police Department Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. For further questions please contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at 646-6754.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Police Continue Search of Persons of Interest in Blackwell Shooting

November 7, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the two persons of interest in the attached photos who may have knowledge related to a shooting in the Blackwell neighborhood early this year.

At approximately 4:35 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, police responded to the intersection of East 20th Street and Albany Avenue for a report of a person shot. When officers arrived, they found an adult male inside of a vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later released for his non-life threatening injuries.

The individuals are described as:

  • POI 1: Black male with dark hair and a low cut. He is approximately 30 years old, 5’7”-5’8” in height, 170-180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black pants and black sneakers.
  • POI 2: Black male with short, dark hair. He is approximately 20-25 years old, 5’5” in height, 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue polo shirt with a large logo on his left chest.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Major Crimes Detective J. Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.