Wednesday, August 16, 2017

RPD Partners with Bishop Cofield for the B.R.I.D.G.E.

Aug. 16, 2017

WHAT:                             The B.R.I.D.G.E.

WHEN:                        Saturday, Aug. 19. Doors open 7:30 a.m. Event is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE:                          The Richmond Coliseum (601 E Leigh St.)

BACKGROUND:         The Richmond Police Department is partnering with Bishop Clay S. Cofield of the Spirit of Fire Cathedral for The B.R.I.D.G.E., Building Relationships Intentionally Developing Greater Excellence, a series of conversations about ways to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the community.
In addition to several discussions between officers and community members, there will be food vendors, dance team competitions, a hair and fashion show, a performance from recording artist Earnest Pugh and more. 
For additional information, contact Bishop Clay Cofield at

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

RPD Partners with YMCA, Target for “Shop with a Cop”

Aug. 15, 2017

WHAT:                       Shop with a Cop

WHEN:                       Noon, Tuesday, Aug. 15
and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 

                     Forest Hill Target, 7101 Forest Hill Ave.

BACKGROUND:    In collaboration with the Metro Richmond YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program, “Shop with a Cop” pairs Richmond city youth with a Richmond Police officer in preparation for the upcoming school year.

“The YMCA and Target have been long standing community partners over the years,” said Capt. Daniel Minton. “We are able to engage with children and share a memorable experience.”

Along with helping a child prepare for the upcoming school year, the annual event continues building the foundation of community trust and the youth.

Bright Beginnings is the largest outreach program, servicing over 2,000 children in Central Virginia.

Bright Bright 

Chief Alfred Durham Provides Remarks on Monument Avenue Demonstration

August 14, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, police were notified of a candlelight vigil which began at 8:30 p.m. in Abner Clay Park located in the 200 block of West Clay Street. The crowd began to grow and shortly after 10 p.m., approximately 300 demonstrators exited the park toward West Broad Street where they marched westbound. They continued walking to Monument Avenue toward the Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart Monuments.

After circling back to West Broad Street, moving eastbound toward downtown, the demonstration concluded at 1 a.m. in Abner Clay where the group originated.

Multiple injuries were reported. Police are still investigating these incidents.

There was only one arrest during the demonstration. The individual was charged with disorderly conduct and released at the scene. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

“Serving in a state capital, the Richmond Police Department has years of experience dealing with all manner of rallies, parades, demonstrations and protests. Our goal is to allow citizens to express their First Amendment right to speak their minds while protecting and maintaining the safety of the general public,” said Chief Alfred Durham.

“Our officers are well-trained in crowd management and we have great support from our law enforcement agency partners. We have already begun planning for the event on Sept. 16, should it occur. We will be prepared.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

Person of Interest Sought in Monument Avenue Incident

August 11, 2017
Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the man in the attached photo, who is a person of interest in an incident that took place on Monument Avenue.

In the past several days, surveillance video shows an unknown male tampering with a light bulb outside a residence in the 4100 block of Monument Avenue. Surveillance then shows the man walking to a nearby vehicle.

The person of interest is described as a black male with dark hair wearing a white tank top, jeans and dark-colored Nike tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident or the individual pictured is asked to call Third Precinct Detective E. Sandlin at (804) 646-1010 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Suspects Sought in Theft from Carytown Business

August 10, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspects in the photos who reportedly stole jewelry from Richmond Jeweler in the Carytown neighborhood.

At approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, an unknown man and woman entered Richmond Jeweler at 3419 W. Cary St. Surveillance video shows the two suspects with a store employee. The female suspect then turns to the side and at some point reportedly takes the jewelry.

The first suspect is described as a white female with long brown hair between the ages of 35-40. At the time of the incident, she is seen wearing a dark gray T-shirt, a long light-colored skirt, gold earrings, and her hair pulled back. The second suspect is described as a white male with dark hair with a dark-colored beard between the ages of 35-40. The male suspect can be seen wearing glasses, a red T-shirt, and a dark-colored baseball hat.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Third Precinct Detective E. Sandlin at (804) 646-1010 or contact 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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Community Walk in the John Marshall Neighborhood

August 8, 2017

WHAT:                     Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                     5:30 p.m. TODAY, August 8, 2017

                  4000 block of Old Brook Road at Old Brook Circle

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham
and Richmond Police Department officers will participate in a walk through Richmond’s John Marshall neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. today. During the walk, RPD officers will speak with community members about safety concerns they may have and hear how the Richmond Police Department can better serve their community.

Sector 412 Lt. KeShawn Manns
has noted increased random gunfire calls in the John Marshall neighborhood. He will discuss the crime trends with residents and will also share information about two open homicide cases.

“Detectives are still investigating two homicide cases, Jerode Greene on January 26 and Jacquesha Clanton on June 15,” Lt. KeShawn Manns said. “We will take the opportunity during this community walk to urge anyone with information about these shootings to contact Major Crimes detectives. That’s how we make Richmond a safer city – by working together.”

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.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Quick Arrest in Gilpin Court Homicide

August 6, 2017

Richmond Police Department detectives have made a quick arrest following a homicide that occurred overnight in Gilpin Court.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday, August 5, RPD officers were called to the 1000 block of St. Paul Street for a report of a person who’d been shot. When they arrived they located the victim, Nyjai Johnson, 18, of the 500 block of Bancroft Avenue, outside lying on the ground. He had been shot multiple times.

Johnson was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

“With valuable information given to us by members of the community, we were able to quickly identify the gunman,” said Major Crimes Lieutenant Donald Davenport. “Those tips made all the difference.”

Three hours after the shooting, the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force located the arrested the suspect; Garland Davis, 24, of the 1000 block of St. Paul St.

After consulting with Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, RPD detectives have charged Davis with a single count: Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Additional charges are pending. His booking photo is attached.

Anyone with additional information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective David Cuffley at (804) 912-6487 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

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. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Garland Davis