Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bethel Street Homicide Victim Identified


August 28, 2016

The victim of a homicide that occurred Friday in Whitcomb Court has been identified as Joseph C. Johnson, 44, of the 1900 block of Whitcomb Street.

At approximately 11:51 p.m. on August 26, officers responded to the 2300 block of Bethel Street for reports of shots fired and persons shot. They arrived to find two adult victims, one male and one female, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Prior to the shooting, there was a party taking place in the area. A fight broke out at the party and gunshots were fired, striking the victims.

“We know a number of people were there Friday night just before the shooting, and our hope is that they come forward,” said Lt. Jason Hudson with the Major Crimes Division. “Assistance from the community – specifically the individuals who witnessed this incident – is what’s going to help us solve this homicide.”

Both victims were taken to a local hospital. The female victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Johnson succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Michael Gouldman at 804 646-3915 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bethel Street Homicide


August 27, 2016

Gunshots rang out in Whitcomb Court just before midnight this morning, injuring two people. Shortly after the shooting, one of those victims died.

At approximately 11:51 p.m. last night, officers responded to the 2300 block of Bethel Street for reports of shots fired and persons shot. They arrived to find two adult victims, one male and one female, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital where the male victim later succumbed to his injuries. The female victim is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A large group of people were present at the scene when officers arrived. Investigation revealed a party was happening in the area.

“An altercation took place between some of the people present then gunshots sounded and struck the victims,” said Lt. Jason Hudson with the Major Crimes Division. “We’re asking the community to help us identify anyone who may have been involved in this incident.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Michael Gouldman at 804 646-3915 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

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Pedestrian Identified in Fatal Forest Hill Avenue Crash


August 27, 2016

A pedestrian struck in a fatal crash that occurred yesterday night in the 6900 block of Forest Hill Avenue has been identified.

At approximately 9:17 p.m., a 2002 Lexus ES3 traveling eastbound on Forest Hill Avenue near the intersection of Cherokee Road struck a pedestrian, who was crossing Forest Hill Avenue outside of the crosswalk. Cassandra D. Gordon, 43, of the 7800 block of Forest Hill Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene, where they took measurements and interviewed witnesses. No charges are expected against the driver.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Suspect, Vehicle Sought in Nine Mile Road Homicide


August 26, 2016

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect and locate a vehicle sought in connection to a late-July homicide on Nine Mile Road.

At approximately 2:08 a.m. on July 30, officers responded to the Black Tie Social Club, located at 2825 Nine Mile Road, for a report of a shooting in the parking lot. They quickly located the victim – Michael A. Minor, 44, of the 4900 block of Goddin Circle – who was unconscious and not breathing. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives believe the motive for the shooting was robbery.

“The suspect demanded the victim’s personal belongings then a physical altercation ensued,” said Major Crimes Detective Edward Aeschlimann. “During that fight, the victim was shot and killed.”

The suspect stole the victim’s belongings and fled on foot toward Nine Mile Road. He is described as a black male in his mid-30s, approximately 6” tall with a medium to heavyset or stocky build. He has a round face with a short hairstyle. He wore a white T-shirt with dark-colored jean shorts and Nike-style street or hiking boots. A sketch of the suspect is attached.

He was picked up by a white Chrysler 300 sedan, which fled eastbound on Nine Mile Road toward I-64. The vehicle was captured on a nearby surveillance camera. A surveillance photo and a stock image of the vehicle are attached.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Edward Aeschlimann at (804) 646-3351 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.
 
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Witnesses Sought in Belt Boulevard Shooting


August 26, 2016

Detectives investigating a recent shooting on Belt Boulevard are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or the events leading up to it to share that information with police. 

At approximately 12:18 a.m. on August 14, officers were called to the 200 block of Belt Boulevard for reports of shots fired and a person shot. They quickly located an adult female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigation revealed that a party was taking place nearby, and numerous people were walking back to their cars at the time the shooting took place. Surveillance video (sent separately) shows dozens of people running from the parking lot after the shooting.

Detectives believe the victim was an innocent bystander and not a targeted victim.

“You can see in the video just how many people were in the area when the shooting occurred,” said Major Crimes Detective James Baynes. “We’re urging anyone who saw anything that morning, even if they don’t think it’s relevant, to please come forward and tell us. The smallest clue could help us make an arrest.”

Prior to the shooting, a male and a female, who were both armed, were seen arguing in the parking lot.

The male suspect is described as a dark skinned black man in his late teens to early twenties, 5’8” – 5’10” tall, heavy set with dreads and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing a red shirt.

The female suspect is described as a light-skinned black woman in her late teens to early twenties, 5’3” – 5’5” tall with a skinny build and short hair. She wore a green shirt.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective James Baynes at (804) 646-3617 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Four Fires Being Investigated as Arson


August 25, 2016
The Richmond Police Department and Richmond Fire Investigations Unit need are investigating four fires set along West Broad and West Grace streets in recent months.

Since April, fire investigators have responded to four suspicious fires in the 2700 blocks of West Broad and West Grace streets. All of those incidents are currently being investigated as arson.
Around 9:50 p.m. on April 3, a small fire was found inside of a vacant apartment in the 2700 block of West Grace Street. According to tenants, the building has a lot of foot traffic and investigators encourage anyone who recalls seeing anything suspicious that night to contact police.

Between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on July 14, a mattress in the rear of Chapman’s Certified Auto Repair, located at 2727 West Broad Street, was set on fire. As the mattress burned, the fire crept up the building and into the roof area. . Investigators believe the fire was set intentionally.
Two more fires were set on the mornings of August 23 and August 24. These two incidents are believed to be related at this time.

Around 5 a.m. on August 23, a vehicle was set on fire in the parking lot of Chapman’s Certified Auto Service, located at 2727 West Broad Street. The fire spread to four nearby vehicles.
Shortly before 6 a.m. the next day, a vehicle was set on fire at in the rear parking lot of an apartment building in the 2700 block of West Grace Street.

All four cases remain under investigation.
Anyone with any information about any of these incidents is asked to call Detective Sergeant Angela Smith at (804) 646-5034 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.

Citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious incidents by calling the Richmond Police Non-Emergency line at (804) 646-5100. To protect life and property, the Richmond Fire Department urges residents to be aware of their surroundings, make sure property is secure and doors to vehicles and outside structures are locked and that trash receptacles are placed outside only on the day of collection.

Three Arrested in Broad Street Shooting, Fourth Suspect Wanted


August 25, 2016
A fourth man is wanted on multiple charges in connection with a mid-July shooting that took place on West Broad Street.

Jerric D. Norris AKA “Double J” or “Little J”, 20, of Chesterfield, is wanted on charges of attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Norris is described as a black male, 5’11” tall, weighing about 230 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police immediately.

At approximately 2:42 a.m. on July 16, officers responded to a call of a person shot in the 1100 block of West Broad Street. They arrived to find an adult male lying in the street, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Virginia Commonwealth University Police provided vital assistance during the preliminary phase of investigation, including responding to the crime scene, interviewing witnesses and helping RPD detectives to identify three of the suspects.

Three arrests have already been made in the case.
On July 26, D-Vonn A. Reaux, 20, of the 3700 block of Lucky Lee Cres North in Chesterfield County, turned himself in at Richmond Police Headquarters. He also faces charges of attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

A few days later, Kiante M. Smith, 20, of the 7000 block of Meadowburn Drive in Chesterfield County, turned himself at Second Precinct. He is charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Montrell Graves, 22, of the 2600 block of Perdue Springs Drive in Chesterfield County, turned himself in at Police Headquarters on August 15. He is charged of attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Detectives have identified a fifth suspect in the case. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information about this case or the whereabouts of these suspects is asked to call Major Crimes Sergeant Claude Picard at (804) 646-4060 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.
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        Jerric D. Norris

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    D-Vonn A. Reaux


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
     Kiante M. Smith

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Montrell Graves