Thursday, August 27, 2015

RPD Community Walk in Edgewood


August 27, 2015

WHAT:                   Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                   5:30 p.m. today, August 27, 2015

WHERE:                 3800 block of North Avenue

BACKGROUND:     The RPD Command Staff will hold a Community Walk this evening along North Avenue and Alma Avenue in the Edgewood neighborhood of Richmond. During the walk, RPD officers will speak with neighbors about crime and environmental issues as they work to build a strong collaborative relationship with the community.

                                Sector 413 commander Lt. Keyshawn Manns said he wants to make the neighbors aware of a spike this year in Theft from Motor Vehicles. But he adds, “The good news is major crime in Edgewood is down 62% this year. That’s impressive!”

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. 

Richmond Police Honors Its Officers and Community Partners

Aug. 27, 2015

WHAT:                     Richmond Police Salute to Excellence Awards Ceremony

WHEN:                    3 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2015

WHERE:                  Maggie Walker Governor’s School, 1000 N. Lombardy Street

BACKGROUND:    Richmond Police Department will honor its officers, civilian staff and some of its community partners for their crime reduction efforts, contributions and selfless acts to aid in making Richmond a better, safer city.

Two of the Department’s top awards, the Medal of Valor and the Life Saving Bar, will be presented to officers for their invaluable, courageous and heroic actions in the line of duty as well as off duty.

Some stories are better known than others, like that of Officer William Turner, who was shot while responding to a call for an emotionally disturbed person earlier this year. He will be receiving the Medal of Valor today.

But other stories, like that of Officer Andrew Nicholson, are less widely known. 

After hearing what sounded like a vehicle crash while working nearby in May, Officer Nicholson responded to find an SUV had struck a power pole and a sparking transformer was dangling perilously low over the vehicle. Despite warnings from bystanders, he rushed in and dragged the unresponsive driver to safety.

These and many more untold stories will be presented at the biannual Salute to Excellence awards ceremony. The Department recognizes the efforts of those who contribute to its successes twice a year.


The public and members of the media are invited to attend.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two Vehicle Crash at Midlothian Turnpike and Broad Rock Road

August 26, 2015

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred yesterday in the city’s south side.

At approximately 5:24 p.m., August 25, a vehicle travelling eastbound on Midlothian Turnpike ran a red light and struck a vehicle travelling southbound on Broad Rock Road.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck, an adult female, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle, Ikieem Kilpatrick, 25, of the 3700 block of Dunston Avenue, Richmond, VA received minor injuries.

Prior to the crash, at approximately 5:21 p.m., RPD officers had stopped Kilpatrick at East 37th Street and Larchmont Lane for reckless driving. Moments after an officer walked up to his vehicle Kilpatrick abruptly drove away turning eastbound on Midlothian Turnpike.

RPD officers initiated a pursuit at 5:22 p.m., following Kilpatrick down Midlothian Turnpike. They observed him throwing a handgun from his vehicle. The weapon was later recovered. They also observed him sideswipe another vehicle on Midlothian Turnpike.

Moments after the crash occurred, the officers arrived on the scene and took Kilpatrick into custody. After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, they will charge Kilpatrick with a variety of driving and firearm related offenses including:
  • Felony Hit and Run
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Reckless Handling of a Firearm
  • Reckless Driving
  • Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended Operators License

The RPD’s Crash Team and Office of Professional Responsibility were called to the scene to conduct investigations. Several eyewitnesses provided written statements as to what they saw.


A booking photo is not yet available.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Community Walk in the Fan District


August 25, 2015

WHAT:                   Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                   5:30 p.m. today, August 25, 2015

WHERE:                 1900 block of West Cary Street

BACKGROUND:     The RPD Command Staff will lead a walk this evening along West Cary Street in the Fan District. 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.

After recent events in the neighborhood, the RPD wants to reach out to the community to address crime, environmental issues and engage the neighborhood to build a strong collaborative relationship.

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.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Victims Identified in North 35th Street Homicides


Aug. 24, 2015

The Richmond Police Department has identified the two victims in the North 35th Street homicide investigation.

At approximately 11:09 p.m. last night, officers were called to the 700 block of North 35th Street for the report of random gunfire. Officers arrived and found a female and a male in an alley behind a row of homes suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

The female, Rashamella L. Willingham, 26, of the 700 block of North 35th Street, was dead at the scene. The male, William S. White, 31, of the 1600 block of North 27th Street, was transported to a local hospital but died shortly after arrival.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Detectives are actively working leads in the case, and encourage anyone with information on this incident to call Major Crimes Detective Ed Aeschlimann at (804) 646-3351 or (804) 839-0959 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.

Victim Identified in Greenville Avenue Homicide


Aug. 24, 2015

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim in the Greenville Avenue homicide investigation.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., Saturday, officers were called to the 1500 block of Greenville Avenue for the report of a person down. Officers arrived and found Almon L. Winston, 37, of the 2000 block of Maplewood Avenue, in a side yard of a home at the corner of Greenville and Dakota avenues dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Detectives are actively working leads in the case, and encourage anyone with information on this incident to call Major Crimes Detective Michael Mocello at (804) 646-6775 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.

North 35th Street Homicides


Aug. 24, 2015

The Richmond Police Department is investigating two homicides that occurred in the East End.

At approximately 11:09 p.m. last night, officers were called to the 700 block of North 35th Street for the report of random gunfire. Officers arrived and found a female and a male in an alley behind a row of homes suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

The female was dead at the scene. The male was transported to a local hospital but died shortly after arrival.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Major Crimes detectives canvassed the neighborhood in the area of North 35th and M streets for information and Forensics detectives collected evidence from the scene. The investigation continues.

Detectives are actively working leads in the case, and encourage anyone with information on this incident to call Major Crimes Detective Ed Aeschlimann at (804) 646-3351 or (804) 839-0959 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.