Friday, July 31, 2015


National Night Out and Kickoff Event

July 31, 2015

The Richmond Police Department is giving crime a going away party next week, and all city residents are invited to participate in National Night Out.

The annual party, held Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, brings police and neighbors together in support of crime prevention during an evening full of fun for all ages. A strong partnership between the citizens and law enforcement is a powerful tool in fighting crime, and that begins with building a sense of community. 

Numerous National Night Out events will be hosted throughout the Richmond area. To find an event near your neighborhood, visit tinyurl.com/NNOEvents2015RVA.

We hope citizens will also join Richmond Police and Target stores for a National Night Out Kickoff Event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Forest Hill Avenue Target, 7107 Forest Hill Ave. Officers will be on hand with crime prevention materials and children’s fingerprinting ID kits. The kickoff party will also include free food.

National Night Out is a night designed to forge strong relationships between neighborhoods and police. The annual event also helps police officers and citizens work together to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention. For more information about National Night Out, please visit www.natw.org/

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Community Walk in South Garden


July 29, 2015

WHAT:                       Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                      5:30 p.m. today, July 29, 2015

WHERE:                    Southside Baptist Church,  5515 Bryce Lane

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham will lead his Command Staff and other officers on a walk this evening through South Garden. During the walk the officers will speak with members of the community about safety concerns they may have and what they’d like to see more of from the Richmond Police Department.

According to Sector 212 Lieutenant William Phibbs, violent crime in the area is down 67% and property crime has dropped by 29%, but “we cannot rest on past achievements” in our efforts to increase community safety.

“Warm weather entices people to enjoy the outdoors during the summer, but, unfortunately, those outings can leave homes vulnerable to crimes of opportunity, such as burglary.” said Lt. Phibbs.  “We’re sharing tips, like lock doors and windows and keep valuables that are easily carried away out of sight, with neighbors in hopes that they’ll feel more secure as they head out for vacation.”

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

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Suspect Sought in Ellwood Avenue Assault and Purse Snatching


July 29, 2015

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the photos who used a credit card soon after it had been stolen from a woman, who was assaulted and robbed on July 17.

At approximately 12:40 p.m., a woman was walking in the 3200 block of Ellwood Avenue when she was approached by a female who attempted to grab her purse. The suspect assaulted the victim and stole the purse.

Detectives investigating the case discovered the suspect had used a credit card from the robbery soon afterwards at a convenience store located at 1701 East Broad Street.

The suspect is described as a black female, approximately 5-foot 7-inches tall and weighing 210 pounds, who wore a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a black hat. She fled the scene on foot.

There were no injuries.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this person to call Third Precinct Detective William Cutshall at (804) 646-1068 or call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
 

 

Suspect Sought in Belle Isle Vandalism


July 29, 2015

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify a suspect who is wanted for vandalism at Belle Isle.

At approximately 6:44 p.m., Thursday, May 7th, the suspect was photographed at the old hydropower station throwing rocks at a surveillance camera. The camera was recently recovered from the James River.

The suspect is described as a thin, white male with curly brown hair who was wearing a blue, sleeveless shirt and red shorts at the time of the incident.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this person to call First Precinct Lieutenant Dan Minton at (804) 240-9158 call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
 

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Arrest Made in Gay Street Homicide


July 28, 2015

The Richmond Police Department has arrested a Richmond man in connection with a homicide that occurred last Friday in Mosby Court.

John J. James, Jr., 29, of the 600 block of East Gladstone Avenue, was arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of Davie L. Young, 26, of Hopewell, which occurred in the 1600 block of Gay Street. James is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

At approximately 7:17 p.m. on July 24, RPD officers responded to a report of an accident near the intersection of Coalter and Redd streets. As they were responding, additional 911 calls were received about a shooting at the same location.

Officers found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He succumbed to his injuries later that night at a local hospital.

Investigation revealed the victim was reportedly involved in an altercation with several black males, who began shooting at him. Young took cover in his SUV, which he crashed a few blocks away.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Christopher Foultz at (804) 646-6996 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.

                      John J. James
 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Suspects Sought in Lynhaven Avenue Assault and Robbery

Suspects Sought in Lynhaven Avenue Assault and Robbery

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man and woman in the photos who are suspects in an assault and robbery last month.

At approximately 3:10 a.m. June 20, a man and a woman were walking in the 3500 block of Lynhaven Avenue when they were approached by the suspects who assaulted and robbed the victims.

Detectives believe the two persons in the attached photos from a nearby convenience store are the suspects.


Detectives ask anyone with any information about these persons to call Second Precinct Detective Derrick Longoria at (804) 646-8171 or call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hillside Court Homicide

July 15, 2015

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred yesterday in Hillside Court.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., RPD officers were called to the 1700 block of Southlawn Avenue for a report of a shooting. They immediately located the body of Benjamin Alston, 29, of the 2400 block of Harwood Street lying on the sidewalk outside one of the apartment buildings. He had been shot.

Detectives are making good progress in their investigation due to several tips that were provided by residents of Hillside Court. They believe the shooting occurred as the result of an altercation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Jamie Baynes at (804) 646-3617 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.