Friday, April 29, 2016

Richmond Police, DEA Join Forces for Drug Take-Back

April 29, 2016

The Richmond Police Department, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a Drug Take-Back initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Southside Community Center, 4100 Hull St.

Expired and unused prescription medications are a public safety issue that can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, abuse and illegal sales. These medications cannot be turned in to your local pharmacy. Residents also are asked not to flush the prescriptions into the sewer system for environmental reasons.

“This is an excellent opportunity to dispose of unused or expired medications in a proper way,” said Captain Michael Zohab of the Department’s Special Investigations Division. “These medications should not be kept around the house. Bringing them to the Drug Take-Back event could save a life.”

All prescription medications collected will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines. Richmond Police asks that you do not bring syringes or illegal narcotics for disposal to the collection sites. Medical waste or bulk commercial medications will also not be accepted. Those disposing of medications may remain anonymous.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are hosting similar events. To find locations outside Richmond go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Suspects Sought in Thefts from Vehicles


April 27, 2016
Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspects in the attached photo who entered vehicles in the Woodland Heights neighborhood and stole items.

Overnight on April 19, officers responded to the 500 block of West 28th Street for a report of theft from a vehicle. Upon arrival, two neighbors also reported their vehicles had been entered.

All three victims stated their vehicles were locked. However, there were no signs of forced entry. Items taken include a multi-tool and loose change. One vehicle was rifled through, but nothing was taken.
Detectives ask anyone with any information on these incidents to call Third Precinct Detective Harry Brown at (804) 646-1109 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.


Suspect Sought in BP Robbery


April 27, 2016
Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the photo, who robbed a BP convenience store in Shockoe Bottom’s east end last night.

At approximately 11:07 p.m., officers responded to the BP store at 2600 East Main St. for a report of a robbery. The male in the photos entered the store and brandished a handgun before stealing cash and Newport cigarettes from an employee.

The suspect fled on foot to the steps that lead north into Church Hill. He is described as a black male, approximately six feet tall and was last seen wearing a black tee shirt, blue jeans, blue and white sneakers and a black stocking cap. He has a dark beard with patches of grey hair.
Detectives ask anyone with any information to call First Precinct Detective Brian Taylor at (804) 646-0689 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.

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.
 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Suspect Charged, Victim Identified in 2015 Chamberlayne Avenue Homicide


April 25, 2016

A Richmond woman faces three felony charges in connection with the death of her 2-year-old stepdaughter.

Andrea P. Watkins-Simmons, 35, of the 1400 block of Clarkson Road, was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of 1st-degree murder, felony murder and child neglect

At approximately 3:53 p.m. on January 16, officers were called to a rental property in the 4900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue after a body was discovered in an unoccupied apartment. The victim was identified as Ariellisa Simmons, 2, of the 1400 block of Clarkson Road, who had previously been reported missing.

Watkins-Simmons was initially arrested in New York in late January on a charge of felony abduction. She has been fighting extradition since the time of her arrest, but was brought back to Virginia on April 19.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this case to call Major Crimes Detective Marshall Young at (804) 317-6272. Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000, submit a tip online at www.7801000.com, or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

 
 
 

Pedestrian in Fatal South Belvidere Collision Identified


April 23, 2016

A pedestrian involved in a fatal collision with a vehicle this morning on South Belvidere Street has died.

At approximately 1:03 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, Wilson I. Herrarte-Barahona, 19, of the 4800 block of Wheatstone Drive, Fairfax, Va. was attempting to cross the South Belvidere Street crosswalk when he was struck and killed. The incident occurred in the intersection of South Belvidere Street and Cumberland Street.

The vehicle that struck him, a Volkswagen Jetta, was travelling southbound in the center lane on South Belvidere Street when a group of pedestrians crossed the street despite a red traffic signal. A vehicle ahead of the Jetta slowed and came to a stop to avoid striking the group of pedestrians. The driver of the Jetta then changed lanes in an attempt to go around the stopped vehicle.


As the Jetta approached the intersection at Cumberland Street, the group of pedestrians emerged from the front of the stopped vehicle. As the driver of the Jetta attempted to avoid striking the group, the right front of vehicle collided into the decedent. The pedestrian, Herrarte-Barahona, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene, where they took measurements and interviewed witnesses. The investigation is still on going.

Detectives ask anyone with any information to call Detective Larry Walker at 646-1709 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip online at www.7801000.com or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Victim Identified in Brook Road Collision


April 22, 2016

A driver involved in a two-vehicle crash this morning on Brook Road has died.
At approximately 1:22 a.m., the driver of a 2008 Honda Civic was traveling south in the 2900 block of Brook Road when she collided into the rear of a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The driver of the Honda Civic continued south on Brook Road and struck a Virginia Power utility pole.

The driver of the Chevrolet Cavalier, Jillian W.E. Little, 26, of the 3100 block of Brook Boulevard, Quinton, Va. was pronounced dead at the scene. The second driver was transported to a local hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene, where they took measurements and interviewed witnesses. The investigation is still on-going. Charges are expected.

Detectives ask anyone with any information to call Detective Jonathan Nathanson at 646-3185 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip online at www.7801000.com or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Arrests Made in Raven Street Homicide


April 22, 2016

Three Richmond men have been arrested in connection with a homicide that occurred last month in the 1900 block of Raven Street.

Kendell L. Coward, 34, of the 1900 block of Raven Street, and James M. Williams, 36, of the 1900 block of Raven Street, were arrested on April 20 by Major Crimes Detectives. Both men are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Keon L. McDonald, 31, of the 600 block of Westover Woods Circle, was arrested on April 21 by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force. He is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

At approximately 5:49 p.m. on March 24, Richmond Police officers were called to the 1900 block of Raven Street in reference to a shooting. They quickly located an adult male lying on the ground outside one of the residences. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

Eric A. Banks, 35, of the 5100 block of Croft Crossing Drive, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. that evening.

Anyone with information about this incident can call Major Crimes Detective Victoria Griffith-Matko at (804) 646-3912 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.
 
                   Kendell L. Coward
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                  James M. Williams
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                Keon L. McDonald