Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Arrest Made in Coalter Street Shooting


May 25, 2016
A Richmond man has been arrested and charged with two felonies in connection with a shooting that occurred last Saturday in Mosby Court.

Ballard T. Brinkley Jr, 26, of the 1300 block of Coalter Street, was taken into custody this morning by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force. He is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His booking photo is attached.

Around 4:15 p.m. on May 20, officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1400 block of Coalter Street. Upon arrival, they located the adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Jay Brissette at (804) 646-3867 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.
 
                 Ballard T. Brinkley Jr.
 

Suspect Sought in Z Express Robbery


May 24, 2016

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect, who robbed a south side convenience store last night and is a person of interest in several robberies in the metro Richmond area.
At approximately 10:46 p.m. on May 23, officers responded to a reported commercial robbery at the Z Express located at 5111 Midlothian Turnpike. The victim stated the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect then left the store and was last seen walking behind the business on Old Midlothian Turnpike.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 30s, 5’9” tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds. He wore a black hoodie, black pants, white gloves, sunglasses and a black cloth over his face at the time of the incident. He also has a distinctive walk, which was described as a “duck walk.”

Detectives believe that since January this individual may have been involved in numerous robberies on the city’s south side, in the Washington Park neighborhood, and in the Azalea area of Henrico County.

Anyone with any information about this incident or this individual is asked to call Third Precinct Detective William Cutshall at (804) 646-1068 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.



 

Stay Safe this Summer in the James River Park System


May 24, 2016
 
WHAT:                     Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Richmond Fire Department and the Richmond Police Department encourage safe use of the James River Park System

WHEN:                    10 a.m. tomorrow, May 25

WHERE:                  Brown’s Island vehicle bridge at Tredegar Street

BACKGROUND:     Now that sunny skies have (finally) returned and summer temperatures approach – citizens are preparing to enjoy Richmond’s many parks and outdoor amenities, including the James River Park System.

                                From biking the Buttermilk and Northbank trails to walking the Manchester Floodwall to basking on Belle Isle and in Pony Pasture, the James River Park System is a jewel of the region’s open spaces.

                                The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, the Richmond Fire Department and the Richmond Police Department want visitors to the park to enjoy it safely this summer.

                                During the press event tomorrow, Parks will discuss safety measures within the James River Park System, RPD will remind park visitors to observe restrictions (like no alcohol, no glass containers, etc.) and RFD will advise on water levels and the safe use of the James River.

                                 Following the press event the Richmond Fire Department’s Water Rescue team will engage in training scenarios with the Virginia State Police as they practice rescue situations on the river. The scenarios will take place in the grass lot next to Great Shiplock Park at 3100 Dock St.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Suspect Sought in Walgreens Larceny


May 19, 2016
Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect who stole cash from a Walgreens on Westover Hills Boulevard last month.

At approximately 6:24 p.m. on April 19, officers responded to a reported larceny at Walgreens, located at 1214 Westover Hills Boulevard. Minutes earlier, the suspect approached the register to pay for an item. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the suspect leans over the counter and grabs an unknown amount of money.
The suspect is described as a black male who wore a blue flat brimmed hat, a gray hoodie with a green block design on the front, a red shirt and blue pants at the time of the incident. He was seen leaving the store in a burgundy-colored sedan.

Detectives ask anyone with any information to call Third Precinct Detective Ryan Nixon at (804) 646-1165 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.
 
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Richmond Police Graduates 112th Basic Recruit Class


May 18, 2016

WHAT:                     Richmond Police 112th Basic Recruit Class Graduation

WHEN:                    10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016

WHERE:                  Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham and the Richmond Police Department are proud to welcome 22 new officers to the force and invite the public to their graduation and swearing-in ceremony tomorrow.

The diverse recruit class includes recruits from Bolivia, Honduras and Liberia, and others from states like California, Indiana, North Carolina and Kansas as well as many from right here in Virginia. After 30 weeks of training at the Department’s Academy, the 112th Basic Recruit Class will immediately begin patrols, each assigned to a field training officer for the next eight weeks.

The entire Richmond Police Department would like to congratulate and welcome:

Jermaine Addy
Sean Alston
Juan Arze
Justin Assenat
Torian Bailey
Dominic Colombo
Dominique Compton
Bryan Ferreiras
Roscoe Friday
David Goodwin
Willy Hernandez
Cole Kelly
Brendan Leavy
Rashad Martin
Nickolas Mechling
Nicholas Odehnal
Douglas Peppel
Oscar Reyes
Ronald Slade
Jason Smith
Efrain Villalobos
Jason Whitehead

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Richmond Police Memorial Honors Sacrifices of Fallen

May 17, 2016

WHAT:                    Richmond Police Memorial Service

WHEN:                   10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WHERE:                  Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road

BACKGROUND:     Each year law enforcement agencies across the country honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty during National Police Week.
This year’s observance is May 15 through 21.

Chief Alfred Durham and the Richmond Police Department will pay homage to Richmond’s fallen officers and also remember those who served the Department and passed away in 2015 and to date in 2016.

Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Appeal for Additional Information in Main Street Shooting


May 16, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault shooting that occurred early Saturday morning near the 17th Street Farmers Market and asking the community for its help.

“Hundreds of people were leaving clubs in Shockoe Bottom when a fight broke out near the farmers market and shots were fired. One of those shots struck an innocent bystander.” said Detective Sergeant Richard Edwards with the Major Crimes Unit. “We’re asking anyone who saw or heard anything or may have captured this incident on video to contact us as their information could help us solve this case.”

At approximately 2:10 a.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of East Main Street in reference to a shooting. When they arrived, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, but he is in stable condition.

Detectives believe the shooting stemmed from an altercation in the parking area of the farmers market. However, the victim was not involved in the fight.
Anyone with additional information about this incident can call Major Crimes Detective Kevin Hughes at (804) 646-3917 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

Submit tips about persons in possession of illegally-held 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.