Thursday, August 13, 2020

Maury Street Homicide Suspect Caught


August 13, 2020

A suspect in last week’s homicide on Maury Street was arrested this week.

Patrick P. Wilkins was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force on Monday, August 10. He is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His booking photo is attached.

On the morning of Sunday, August 2, officers found Kenneth Chappelle unresponsive inside a residence in the 1600 block of Maury Street. He was pronounced at the scene. The Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound.

Anyone with additional information in this homicide investigation is asked to call Detective M. Godwin at (804) 317-6922. They also can contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or by using the P3 smartphone app or by going to

Patrick P. Wilkins

Arrest Made for Riot Damage

August 13, 2020

With the help of valuable information received from the community, the Richmond Police Department has arrested an individual and charged him with several crimes committed during a night of rioting last month in the city.

Lucas Couturier has been charged with two crimes that occurred during the riot of July, 25th:

  •        Misdemeanor Arson
  •     Felony Conspiracy to Commit a Riot

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department has also charged Couturier with several crimes committed on the VCU campus that same night.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., yesterday, August 12th, detectives with the RPD’s Civil Unrest Taskforce and officers with 1st Precinct’s Focus Mission Team served a search warrant at an apartment in the 600 block of Hull Street. Couturier was located inside the residence and taken into custody at that time.

Anyone with information to share about the riots may contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or with the P3 smartphone app. Both methods are anonymous.

     Lucas Couturier

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Four Charged in Rioting

August 12, 2020

On Tuesday night a group of individuals broke windows and damaged and defaced property in several neighborhoods in the city of Richmond.

At approximately 11:50 p.m., officers detained several individuals. The Department consulted with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney on possible charges and charged four.

Julius Dela Cruz, Lakshmi Menon, Kyra Nguyen and Brian Quach were charged with rioting. Their booking photos are attached.

Several items, including a metal crowbar and a hammer were seized from the individuals.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Repeat Offender Arrested in Southside Plaza Commercial Burglary

 August 11, 2020

A man previously arrested for several commercial burglaries in Richmond and Chesterfield County has been charged in connection with a commercial burglary that occurred last Friday.

Shortly after midnight on August 7, 2020, Richmond Police responded to the Family Dollar store in the 600 block of West Southside Plaza Street for a burglary in progress.

Officers found the suspect, Jamiyl A. Al-Malik, hiding in the store’s stockroom. He is charged with burglary.

Al-Malik also was arrested July 21, 2020 for a commercial burglary at Carytown Tobacco on East Main Street and July 12, 2020 for a commercial burglary at Rasal Food Mart on Jefferson Davis Highway. He was released on bond after both arrests.

Detectives with the Chesterfield Police Department also have charged him with three recent commercial burglaries.

Al-Malik was convicted of burglary and grand larceny, after breaking into the Dollar General store in the 3900 block of Walmsley Boulevard in May 2019. He was sentenced to five years in jail with four years suspended.

Jamiyl A. Al-Malik  


Friday, August 7, 2020

Death Investigation

August 7, 2020

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a sudden death that occurred at a hospital in the City of Richmond.

At approximately 12:34 p.m., Wednesday, August 5th, the Chesterfield County Police Department was called to the 20900 block of Truth Drive in the County of Chesterfield for a welfare check of an adult female, Marsha G. Smith. While on the scene, CCPD officers consulted with Chesterfield County Mental Health Services. It was later determined Ms. Smith should be placed into emergency custody. CCPD officers were able to do so without incident. She was transported by Chesterfield County Fire & EMS to a Richmond hospital. Shortly after she arrived, she passed away.

And exact cause and manner of death will be determined by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Medical Examiner.

The Richmond Police Department’s Force Investigation Team, (FIT) - which investigates all sudden deaths of persons who are in police custody regardless of the cause - will prepare a report for review by Chief Gerald M. Smith and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

The Richmond Police Department is leading the investigation since Smith died in a Richmond City hospital while in the custody of the Chesterfield County Police Department.

It is important to note that while there is a group home in Smith’s neighborhood, she lived privately in a separate residence nearby.

Mosby Court Fatal Crash

August 7, 2020

The Richmond Police Department’s Crash Team is investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Mosby Court earlier this week.

At approximately 4:11 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, RPD officers were called to an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Coalter Street for the report of a single-vehicle crash. Once on scene, they located a Dodge Durango which had left the roadway and crashed into a tree. The driver, Vollie J. Fountain, Sr., a male in his 60s, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Detectives have determined the same vehicle was also involved in a hit-and-run crash in the 1500 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike, shortly before the fatal crash. The hit-and-run investigation is also ongoing.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Missing Child from Parental Abduction Sought, Mother Sought

August 6, 2020

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing child, Kamill Jones, 2, whose mother is wanted for parental abduction.

Erica Jones, 26, was last seen on July 16 in the 1100 block of Cypress Street when she picked up the child from family members. She was due to return Kamill to family members on July 18 but has not returned. Erica Jones does not have legal custody of Kamill Jones. They may still be in the area. Photos of mother and daughter are attached.

Erica Jones is approximately 5’ 3” and weighs about 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on Erica Jones or Kamill Jones is asked to call Detective J. Hewitt at (804) 646-6870 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at

Erica Jones

 Kamill Jones