Thursday, December 30, 2010

Victim of Shooting Dies

One of the two victims in yesterday’s shooting on Creighton Road has died.

Arki K. White, 24, of the 900 block of North 20th Street, along with a juvenile male, was shot at approximately 2:53 p.m. while in the 2100 block of Creighton Road.

The victims were taken to VCU Medical Center where White died around 9:00 p.m. last night.

The other victim has injuries that are now not considered life-threatening.

Detectives are conducting the investigation into the shooting. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Phaup Street Shooting Suspect Wanted

Richmond Police needs the public’s help to find Andre Lee Seward.

Seward, 35, is wanted in connection with a Dec. 5 shooting in the 2100 block of Phaup Street. The shooting victim was injured when he responded to a knock at his door and the gunman forced his way inside the apartment. The victim’s injuries were not life threatening.

Seward is a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. His last known address was in the 5200 block of Parker Street.

Anyone with information about Seward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Suspects Wanted in McDonald's Armed Robbery

Richmond Police needs the public’s help identifying and locating the two men responsible for last week’s armed robbery of the McDonald’s at 6801 Forest Hill Ave.

Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, two masked gunmen entered the restaurant and robbed the business. The suspects left the parking lot in a white car, possibly a Honda or a Toyota. They drove east on Forest Hill and turned on Leicester Road.

The suspects are two black males. One is about 24 or 25 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He wore a white hooded sweatshirt and a black scarf. The other male, no approximate age, is shorter and heavier than the other suspect. He wore a black ski mask over his face.

Surveillance video from the McDonald’s showing the suspects during the robbery accompanies this advisory.

Anyone with information about the suspects wanted in this armed robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.


video

Friday, December 17, 2010

Narcotics Investigators Make Good Arrests and Seizures

After undercover investigation, Richmond Police narcotics investigators searched a home Wednesday and arrested two people after finding a large amount of drugs, cash and guns.

Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, investigators entered a home in the 1700 block of West Moore Street. There they found and seized:

- four handguns

- approximately 10 pounds of marijuana,

- $33,010,

- flat screen TV,

- laptop computer,

- digital scales,

- documents, and

- a surveillance system

Homeowner Troy A. Beckett, 40, of the 1700 block of West Moore Street, has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with a firearm.

Kenyan A. Thompson, 32, of Brooklyn, New York, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and probation violation.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rite Aid Robber Sought







Richmond Police needs the public’s help to identify the man in the below surveillance photos who is wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Rite Aid on Friday.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday, a clerk reported the store was robbed at gunpoint. Investigators believe the robber had been in the store for about 40 minutes prior to the robbery pretending to shop.

The robber is described as a black male, about 5’10 to 6’0 feet tall and weighing about 180 to 200 pounds. He was last seen heading west on Hull Street.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Detective Greg Russell at 646-8171 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Homicide Suspect Arrested


The U.S. Marshal Service and Richmond Police have found and arrested a second man wanted in connection with an October homicide.

Calvin R. Williams, 21, of Highland Springs, was taken into custody this morning.

He has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the shooting of Brandon T. Thomas around 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard on Oct. 20. Thomas was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he died from his gunshot wounds.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Richmond Police Looking for Calvin R. Williams

Richmond Police needs the public’s help locating Calvin R. Williams, 21, of the 1000 block of West Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs.

Williams is wanted for conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the shooting of Brandon T. Thomas around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the 1300 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard. Thomas was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he died from his gunshot wounds.

Williams is a black male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds.

Anyone who knows where police can find Williams is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Coach Charged with Possessing Child Porn

An investigation by the Richmond Police Internet Crimes Unit has resulted in the arrest of a local figure skating coach.

David K. Loncar, 46, of 3600 Waterside Court in Henrico has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography. He was arrested yesterday at his home by the Virginia State Police, assisted by Henrico County and Richmond Police. Loncar’s computers and other evidence were taken by investigators.

Loncar is an independent contractor who taught figure skating classes at Skate Nation. He is no longer associated with the facility.

If you have information regarding this crime, please contact Detective Kevin Hiner at Kevin.Hiner@richmondgov.com.

Richmond Police is a member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA ICAC). It was formed to combat the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Police Investigating Lovells Road Homicide

Richmond Police detectives are investigating the shooting death of a man in the 4700 block of Lovells Road.

Around 8:34 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, Richmond Police received reports of random gunfire on Lovells Road. When officers arrived, they found a male unresponsive with a gunshot wound outside an apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are working to positively identify the victim and notify next of kin.

Three unknown black males were reported seen leaving the area after the shooting in a dark-colored vehicle.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dec. 3 -- Dec. 6, 2010

Today’s Good News

First Precinct Focus Mission Team Officers Shawn Gaines and Michael Verbena were recently investigating a group of people who were trespassing. When one man was asked if he had any weapons, the man admitted he had a revolver, but a search revealed he possessed drugs as well. The items were seized and the man was charged with possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

DISCLAIMER: The following incidents are preliminary in nature and are subject to change after investigation. Please note that the entries listed below do not cover every incident from overnight. The listings are subject to the judgment of staff officers’ sense of what is noteworthy.

CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS

1st Precinct

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

12/3/10 11:00 p.m.

1800 block of North 28th Street

A male reported he was assaulted by two unknown males.

3rd Precinct

ROBBERY

12/3/10 9:55 p.m.

800 block of Westover Hills Boulevard

A male reported he was robbed at gunpoint by an unknown male.

1st Precinct

ROBBERY

12/4/10 1:14 a.m.

1500 block of North 20th Street

A male reported he was robbed at knifepoint by an unknown male.

4th Precinct

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

12/4/10 1:00 a.m. – 1:15 a.m.

1200 block of St. James Street

A male reported he was assaulted by a known male. An arrest was made.

2nd Precinct

ROBBERY

12/4/10 2:32 a.m.

3100 block of Hull Street

A male reported he was robbed at gunpoint by an unknown male. An arrest was made.

2nd Precinct

ROBBERY

12/5/10 2:24 a.m.

5000 block of Snead Road

A male reported he was assaulted and robbed by two known males.

1st Precinct

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (SHOOTING)

12/5/10 5:40 p.m.

2200 block of Phaup Street

A male reported he was shot by an unknown person. His injuries are not life-threatening.

1st Precinct

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

12/5/10 6:00 p.m.

2200 block of Joplin Avenue

A juvenile male reported he was shot with a BB gun by an unknown male.

2nd Precinct

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (SHOOTING)

12/5/10 5:46 p.m.

4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike

A male reported he was shot by an unknown person. His injuries are not life-threatening.

4th Precinct

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

12/5/10 11:00 p.m.

1100 block of Saint Paul Street

A female reported she was assaulted by a known male.

2nd Precinct

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

12/6/10 12:59 a.m.

3400 block of Walmsley Boulevard

A female reported she was cut by a known female. An arrest was made.

2nd Precinct

DEATH INVESTIGATION

12/5/10 9:00 p.m.

00 block of East 36th Street

Detectives are investigating the death of a 1-year-old male.

PROPERTY CRIMES

3rd Precinct

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

12/4/10 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

400 block of North Shields Avenue

An unknown person(s) entered the unlocked vehicle and stole several items left in plain view.

3rd Precinct

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

12/4/10 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

200 block of North Allen Street

An unknown person broke into the vehicle and stole a purse, two video game systems and 25 video games.

3rd Precinct

BURGLARY

12/5/10 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

2700 block of West Grace Street

An unknown person(s) broke into the residence.

4th Precinct

BURGLARY

12/1/10 -- 12/2/10 9:00 p.m. – 5:52 a.m.

113 S. Foushee St.

An unknown person broke into the business and stole a computer and other electronic items.

4th Precinct

BURGLARY

12/1/10 -- 12/3/10 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

3200 block of Carolina Avenue

An unknown person(s) broke into the residence and stole a faucet fixture.

4th Precinct

BURGLARY

12/5/10 6:15 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

800 block of Young Street

An unknown person(s) broke into the residence.

4th Precinct

BURGLARY

12/5/10 5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

3400 block of 2nd Avenue

An unknown person(s) entered the residence and stole a watch, jewelry and cash.

4th Precinct

BURGLARY

12/3/10 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

3200 block of Griffin Avenue

An unknown person(s) entered the residence and stole a handbag and box of checks.

4th Precinct

BURGLARY

12/4/10 2:04 a.m.

4900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue

An unknown person(s) broke into the residence.

4th Precinct

BURGLARY

12/5/10 8:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

3800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue

An unknown person(s) broke into the residence and stole several items.

4th Precinct

BURGLARY

12/4/10 -- 12/5/10 5:00 p.m. – 10:40 a.m.

2800 block of Garland Avenue

An unknown person(s) broke into the residence and stole passports and a safe.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Detectives Make Arrest in East 21st Street Homicide


Richmond Police detectives have charged Cheryl N. Giles with murder in connection with the East 21st Street homicide last week.

Giles, 35, of the 4100 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, was arrested for the Nov. 22 homicide of Richard Herman Church, 52, who was found dead inside his home in the 100 block of East 21st Street.

Church died of blunt force trauma and investigators believe his death was the result of an argument with Giles.

This quick arrest was made thanks to the fast-responding patrol officers and good investigative work by Major Crimes detectives.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Street Closings, Parking Restrictions for Holiday Events

Richmond’s holiday season begins this weekend with the Grand Illumination on Friday, Dec. 3, and the Dominion Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4. Downtown traffic patterns and parking will be adjusted to make way for these events.

Motorists and residents are reminded to pay close attention to street signage indicating detours, street closings and parking restrictions.

For Friday’s Grand Illumination at 6 p.m., the following will be in effect:
  • No parking will be allowed on the south side of East Cary Street between Ninth and 12th streets.
  • Tenth Street will be closed between East Cary and Canal streets.
  • Expect traffic delays on East Cary Street from Ninth to 12th streets from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. as pedestrians and motorists view the light display at the James Center.

For Saturday’s Dominion Christmas Parade, the following will be in effect:

  • The eastbound and westbound lanes of Broad Street will be closed to traffic between North Davis Avenue and Strawberry Street from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The westbound lanes of Broad will be closed to traffic from Robinson Street to Eighth Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • DMV Drive from Leigh Street to Broad will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Leigh from Hermitage Road to North Boulevard will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Seventh Street from Broad to Jackson Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The parade is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Saturday at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., and travel east on Broad Street, ending at the intersection with Seventh Street.

Also on Saturday, Virginia Commonwealth University has a noon basketball game against The College of William & Mary at the Siegel Center on Broad Street, which is along the parade route. Motorists should anticipate traffic congestion and parking will be limited in the area.

Parking restrictions will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday along the following streets:

  • Broad
  • DMV Drive
  • Leigh
  • Harrison
  • Lodge
  • Marshall
  • Grace
  • Sixth
  • Seventh
  • Eighth

No-parking signs will be posted along these streets and the parade route. All parking restrictions will be strictly enforced. Vehicles parked in restricted areas will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Victim Identified in Decatur Street Homicide

Richmond Police have identified the victim in last night’s homicide in the 3400 block of Decatur Street as Donald Dock, 48, of the 3400 block of Decatur Street.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Decatur Street Homicide

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the Richmond Police Department received a call for a person down in a residence in the 3400 block of Decatur Street.

Officers arrived within minutes, entered the home and found a male unresponsive with a gunshot wound.

The victim, a black male in his late 40’s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Detectives working this investigation canvassed the area and asked neighbors for assistance and information regarding this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Joplin Avenue Homicide

At approximately 1:20 p.m., Richmond Police were called to the 1800 block of Joplin Avenue for the report of shots fired.

Police found a male outside of a home suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to VCU Medical Center where he later died.

Detectives have identified the victim as Wendell Jones, 24, of the 1400 block of Lenmore Street.

Detectives are looking for two suspects, a tall, black male in dark clothing and a short, black male in dark clothing, who were seen leaving the area on foot.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

East 21st Street Homicide

Richmond Police detectives are investigating the death of Richard Herman Church, 52, after he was found dead inside his home in the 100 block of East 21st Street last night.

Officers received a call about a suspicious situation at the home just after 10 p.m. Monday.

Investigators believe Church’s death may have been the result of an argument with a known person. The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and following up on several strong leads, but ask anyone with any information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Homicide Arrest



Richmond Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with the Oct. 20 homicide that occurred in the 1300 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard.



Orlando J. Fogg, 19, of the 00 block of West Norwood Avenue, was identified as a suspect by Richmond Police detectives during the investigation. Fogg was arrested yesterday without incident and has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.



He is accused of fatally shooting Brandon T. Thomas, 25, of the 500 block of Arnold Drive.



Anyone with further information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Do You Know Where These Two Hillside Court Shooters Are?



Richmond Police need the public’s help in finding Lamar Javon Williams in connection with last night’s shooting on Harwood Street.

Williams, 18, has black hair and brown eyes, weighs about 140 pounds and is approximately 5’6” feet tall. His last known address is the 500 block of Windomere Avenue.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers found a male suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound inside a residence in the 1400 block of Harwood Street. he was taken to VCU Medical Center and is still in critical condition.

Investigators have worked through the night interviewing witnesses and speaking with members of the community to develop Williams as a suspect.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts or this crime is asked to call Detective Edward Aeschlimann at 646-3351 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Richmond Police are still looking for Naquan Shemel Wright, 25, of the 300 block of East 19th Street, in connection with the Friday afternoon shooting of a man in the 1700 block of Rosecrest Avenue, also in Hillside Court.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Suspect Sought in Hillside Shooting

Richmond Police is asking for the public’s help in locating 25-year-old Naquan Shemel Wright. He is wanted in connection with a shooting this afternoon in the Hillside Court community.

Wright, of the 300 block of East 19th Street, has a felony warrant on file for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also is known to stay in the 7600 block of Bleasco Drive in Chesterfield.

Around 4 p.m., Richmond Police officers received a call for a shooting in the 1700 block of Rosecrest Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a male shooting victim. He was taken to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about Wright’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Richmond Police Promotes 3 in Its Ranks



As of tomorrow, the Richmond Police Department will have a new major, a new captain and a new sergeant.

Three of the Department’s own will be presented these titles and ranks in a promotion ceremony 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. The event is open to the public.

Captain Steve Drew will become a major after more than 17 years with Richmond Police. He currently leads the Department’s Major Crimes Division, comprising the Major Crimes, Forensics and Homicide units. As major, he will be in charge of Operations Area 1, which includes First Precinct and Second Precinct.

Lt. Brian Russell moves up to captain in the Major Crimes Division, replacing Captain Drew. Lt. Russell, a 27-year veteran of the Department, spent seventeen years working in the Narcotics Unit and Special Investigations before becoming a detective and then the lieutenant leading the Homicide Unit.

Acting Sgt. Jayson Walter can remove the acting status from his title. Sgt. Walter has been with the Department six years and will continue in his role as a midnight shift sergeant at First Precinct.

“I am pleased to be able to continue to build my leadership team with the talent and experience we have right here in Richmond Police,” Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. “These individuals have proven time and again that they have embraced our community policing philosophy and are ready and able to move this Department forward.”

Shooter Arrested

With the assistance of Henrico Police, the man wanted in connection to a Northside shooting has been arrested.

Khi-Lin Webb, 19, was arrested this afternoon in the 300 block of Winston Street in Henrico County.

Webb is a suspect in the shooting of a man just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at North Avenue and East Ladies Mile Road.

Detectives would like to thank Henrico Police and the Highland Park community for their assistance in this investigation.

North Avenue Shooter Sought


Richmond Police need the public’s help to find Khi-Lin Webb in connection with yesterday’s shooting on North Avenue.

Webb, 19, also goes by the nicknames KB, Yum Yum and Yummy. He is a light-complected black male about 6’0” feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

His last known address is the 300 block of Winston Street. He is known to frequent the Azalea Avenue corridor including Chamberlayne Avenue, the Azalea shopping centers, the Ashley Terrace Apartments, the Shannon Townhomes, the Colonial Apartments and the Seven Cables Apartments.

Webb is wanted in connection with the shooting of a man just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at North Avenue and East Ladies Mile Road

Anyone with information on Webb’s whereabouts or this crime is asked to call Detective Marshall Young at 646-3926, Sgt. Herbert Byrd at 646-3923 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Richmond Police Investigating Murder on Government Road

A shooting in front of a neighborhood convenience store resulted in the death of Richmond man last night.

Around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, Richmond Police officers were called to the 4000 block of Government Road for a report of a person down. When officers arrived, they found Christopher David Lee, 29, unresponsive with a gunshot wound. Lee, who lived in the 700 block of North 35th Street, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Richmond Police is investigating robbery as a possible motive in this homicide. There is no suspect information available at this time.

Anyone with information in this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Town Market Robbers Sought



Richmond Police need the public’s help to identify the two people in the below surveillance photos who are wanted in connection with an armed robbery yesterday.

At approximately 7:45 p.m. Sunday, two masked men entered the Town Market at 250 E. Ladies Mile Road and robbed the clerk at gunpoint of money and cigarettes.

The first suspect is described as a black male, about 24 years old, approximately 5’6” to 5’8” feet tall and weighing between 150 pounds to 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a red or orange stripe across the back with a gray hoodie underneath as well as blue jeans and black shoes.

The second suspect is described as a black male, about 20 to 21 years of age, 6’0” to 6’3” feet tall and weighing between 180 pounds and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, a black shirt and black jeans with a design on the rear pockets that possibly says “COOGI.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective Anthony Jackson at (804) 646-3182 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Robbery Suspect Captured



Thanks to the vigilance, and keen eyesight, of Fourth Precinct officers, a robbery suspect is under arrest.



Around 9 p.m. Saturday night, officers spotted a man walking along Garland Avenue that fit the description of a robbery suspect. Soon, the suspect was under arrest.



Officers captured Marcus T. Williams, 19, of the 19,400 block of Anderson Mill, Beaverdam, around 9 p.m. He was taken into custody without incident.



Williams was wanted for his role in the breaking and entering and robbery incident that occurred in the 3300 block of Second Avenue on Thursday, November 4.



The investigation continues. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Shooting Suspect Sought



The Richmond Police Department needs the public’s assistance in locating the man in the photo in connection with a shooting yesterday at 4:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of North 30th Street.



Mario E. Harris, 20, of the 1300 block of North 30th Street, is suspected of shooting a male during an argument. He is wanted on charges of aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm during a felony.



Harris is five feet, six inches tall and weighs 130 pounds.



Anyone with information about Harris’ whereabouts or information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Arrest in Fairfax Avenue Shooting

Fairfax Avenue shooting suspect Raymond Fitzgerald is in police custody.

Second Precinct officers alerted to his warrants on file arrested Fitzgerald around midnight during a traffic stop at Albany Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway.

Fitzgerald, 27, of the 1800 block of Idlewood Avenue is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, a male was involved in an argument with known individuals in front of 1710 Fairfax Ave. The victim was shot during the argument.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fairfax Avenue Shooting Suspect Wanted

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Raymond Fitzgerald. He is wanted in connection with a shooting last night in the 1700 block of Fairfax Avenue.

Fitzgerald, 27, of the 1800 block of Idlewood Avenue has a felony warrants on file for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds.

Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, a male was involved in an argument with known individuals in front of 1710 Fairfax Ave. The victim was shot during the argument. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Anyone with information about Fitzgerald’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Southwood Homicide Arrest


After following up on several strong leads, Richmond Police investigators have made an arrest in the September homicide in the Southwood community.

Levern Johnson Jr., 31, of the 700 block of Northside Avenue, was charged with murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony for the Sept. 18 shooting death of William Howell.

Officers found Howell, 68, of 1732 Clarkson Road, suffering from a gunshot wound at the scene. He was taken to VCU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. This arrest is possible thanks to the tireless efforts by investigators, especially lead Detective Rick Edwards, and the support from Henrico Police and the Southwood community.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Richmond Police Awards Honor Best in Department, Community

From saving lives to shutting down an illegal gambling operation to reducing crime in areas across the city – the Richmond Police Department honors and recognizes its best each quarter for their work to foster its community policing efforts.

The work for the third quarter of 2010 will be recognized in an awards ceremony 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. The event is open to the public.

But the recognition only begins within the Department. Officers also take the time to nominate individuals and organizations in the community who support the work of Richmond Police.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Cynthia Micklem was a key player in stopping the illegal gambling operation in a Southside residence. She worked with detectives and officers in the sector to put an end to this crime, which had contributed to other crimes such as robbery.

The Ampthill Heights Civic Association takes community policing to heart. As stakeholders in the Second Precinct neighborhood, they have taken an active role in support of their sector lieutenant and officers, resulting in a reduction in crime along Walmsley Boulevard, which borders their community.

“It’s these partnerships – that aspect of bringing the community into community policing – that’s making a difference in our city,” Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. “We want to recognize and thank these partners and also our officers on the streets every day who work to go above and beyond their required duties and give their best back to the residents of Richmond.”

Friday, October 29, 2010

Mosby Victim Identified

Richmond Police have identified the man who was shot to death early this morning as James L. Louis, 36, of the 1900 block of North 20th Street.

At just after 3 a.m., officers heard gunshots as they were on walking patrol in Mosby Court. When the officers arrived in the 1900 block of Accommodation Street they found Louis suffering from a gunshot wound.

Louis was taken to VCU Medical Center where he later died.

Detectives have been working throughout the day in their attempt to identify witnesses and gather information.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gilpin Shooting Suspect Surrenders

The Richmond Police Department wants to thank the media for helping it locate Jabril Ahmad Neville, wanted in connection with a shooting in Gilpin Court last week.

Neville, 21, of the 3400 block of Decatur Street surrendered shortly after the media reported police were looking for him.

Neville has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a felony.

Monday, October 25, 2010

‘Red Ribbon’ Reminds Students to Say No to Drugs


The men and women in blue of Richmond Police are upholding another symbolic color to remind fifth-graders across the city of the dangers of drugs as they promote Red Ribbon Week, today through Oct. 31.

The annual drug awareness and prevention campaign was created in 1986 by parents concerned about the destruction caused by alcohol and drug abuse. The goal is to educate young people about the dangers of illegal use of such substances. The red ribbon became the symbol of the movement in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a U.S. DEA agent who was killed investigating drug traffickers. The theme of this year’s campaign: “I Am Drug-Free.”

“We still want our children to say no to drugs,” Community, Youth and Intervention Captain Sybil El-Amin said. “We’re taking this message to our fifth-graders as they prepare to leave elementary school and, hopefully, they will take these reminders with them when they move on to middle school and beyond.”

Visits to all Richmond elementary schools are planned throughout the week.

Gilpin Shooting Susepct Wanted


The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Jabril Ahmad Neville. (pictured) He is wanted in connection with a shooting in Gilpin Court last week.

Neville, 21, of the 3400 block of Decatur Street has a felony warrant on file for aggravated malicious wounding. He is known to frequent West Baker Street in Gilpin Court.

Richmond Police made one arrest in this shooting late last week. Darryl Lekendrick Welch, 21, of the 2400 block of Lambert Avenue is charged with felonious assault. A photo of Welch is unavailable at this time.

Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, Richmond Police officers received a call for a shooting in the 1000 block of Hickory Street. When officers arrived, they found a man and a woman who had been shot. Their injuries were not life threatening.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bank Robbery Suspect Still Sought



Richmond Police would like to ask again for the public’s help in identifying the man (pictured below) who robbed the SunTrust Bank at 1101 Azalea Avenue in August.



At approximately 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 26, a man walked into the bank and slipped a teller a note demanding money. He did not display a weapon and was last seen walking west on Azalea Avenue. Detectives believe the suspect may have used a white pick-up truck that was observed at the scene.



The robber is described as a black male with a thin goatee, approximately 5’10” to 6’ tall and weighing about 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, faded blue jeans, a New York Yankees baseball cap and red and black sneakers.



Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

East Brookland Park Boulevard Homicide

Richmond Police have identified the man who was shot to death last night as Brandon T. Thomas, 25, of the 500 block of Arnold Drive.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call for a shooting.

Thomas was taken to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening gunshot wounds and died of his injuries just after 8 p.m.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call the Richmond Police Tipline at 514-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gilpin Court Shooting Update

Arrests are pending after Richmond Police investigated through the night when three people were shot in Gilpin Court.

Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, officers received a call for a shooting in the 1000 block of Hickory Street. When officers arrived, they found an adult male and adult female who had been shot.

Both were taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. A short time later, another adult male arrived at Community Hospital with gunshot wounds. He is now in stable condition at VCU Medical Center.

Investigators have determined the shooting was in reference to an altercation earlier in the week. It was not a random incident, and investigators have identified suspects and arrests are pending.

The swift action occurred thanks to the great partnerships between Richmond Police, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Gilpin Court community.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Body Identified

Richmond Police have identified the body found inside a shed in the 2100 block of Redd Street on Oct. 1 as that of Richard Reid, 54, of the 2100 block of Redd Street.

The death investigation is ongoing. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Richmond Police need the public’s help to identify the man in the photo in connection with the assault and robbery of a woman in the Fan.

The man is a suspect in the assault and robbery of a female on Oct. 6 in the 2100 block of Floyd Avenue.

The robber is described as a black male, age 28 to 30, about 6 feet tall and weighing 160 pounds to 170 pounds.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Officer Injured in Early-Morning Accident

A Richmond Police officer is recovering from minor injuries and two men are under arrest today following a two-car accident early this morning.

At 1:17 a.m. a Richmond Police officer driving west on Brauers Lane was struck in the driver’s door side by a 1990 Buick Century traveling north on 20th Street.

The results of the Richmond Police Crash Team investigation indicate the driver of the Buick disregarded a stop sign and hit the police vehicle at the intersection of 20th and Brauers.

The Buick’s driver, Devon Markee Byrd, and his passenger, Japorium Antonio Straughter, both ran from the scene of the crash. Richmond Police officers found them hiding in a nearby yard.

Byrd, 21, of the 700 block of Stockton Street and Straughter, 18, of the 2100 block of Creighton Road are both charged with felony hit-and-run.














Devon Markee Byrd















Japorium Antonio Straughter


Friday, October 15, 2010

Fatal Shooting on Chamberlayne Avenue

A shooting on Chamberlayne Avenue last night resulted in the death of a Richmond man.

Richmond Police officers responding to a call of a person down around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, found Tyler Andrew Franks, 45, of the 3600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue with a gunshot wound. Franks was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he died about an hour later.

Detectives are in the early stages of the investigation and do not have any suspect information to release at this time. Anyone with information about Franks’ murder is asked to call the Richmond Police Tips Line at 514-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Two Arrested in Argyle Terrace Murder

Richmond Police has made two arrests in Tuesday afternoon’s fatal shooting of Terrance J. Robinson on Argyle Terrace.

Correy Lee Davis, 23, of the 500 block of Harrow Road was arrested Tuesday night. Raishaud Jaemon Chavis, 22, of the 1700 block of Colorado Avenue was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Both are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

“Richmond Police detectives worked nonstop to identify, locate and quickly arrest those involved in this incident, with the St. John’s Wood community assisting every step of the way,” said Major Crimes Captain Steve Drew.

With these arrests, the murder investigation is still active and ongoing. Anyone with additional information about the crime is asked to call the Richmond Police Tips Line at 514-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Robinson, 31, of the 1800 block of Oak Hill Lane was found shot in a parking lot of the St. John’s Wood apartment complex just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, when officers responded to reports of shots fired. Robinson was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.














Correy Lee Davis














Raishaud Chavis

Recognize this Fas Mart Robber?




Richmond Police need the public’s help to identify the man who robbed a local Fas Mart on Saturday. He’s pictured in the below three surveillance photos.

At approximately 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, a man walked into the Fas Mart at 2107 Semmes Ave. and asked the clerk for a carton of cigarettes.

When the clerk went to get them, the robber pulled out a gun and robbed the store. He stole an undisclosed amount of money as well as five cartons of Newport cigarettes.

The robber is described as a black male between the ages of 23 and 25; approximately 5’10” to 6’02” in height and weighing between 180 pounds to 200 pounds. He was armed with a small, black handgun, possibly a revolver.

He was last seen wearing a tan-colored, medium-sized jacket with dark brown fur trimming, a large, dark-colored knit cap, sunglasses, dark-colored jeans and light brown shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Victim Identified in Argyle Terrace Homicide

Richmond Police have identified the victim in yesterday’s homicide in the 500 block of Argyle Terrace as Terrance J. Robinson, 31, of the 1800 block of Oak Hill Lane.

Robinson was found shot in the St. John’s Wood housing community just before 2:30 p.m. when officers responded to reports of shots fired. Robinson was taken to VCU Medical Center where he later died.

Detectives are gathering information and have made progress in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Richmond Police Looking for Cigarette Bandit

The Richmond Police Department is looking for a suspect in three larcenies targeting Fas Mart convenience stores for one item – cigarettes.

The suspect usually walks up to the counter, requests two cartons of Newport cigarettes, snatches them when the clerk puts them on the counter and runs from the store. The Fas Mart stores at 5200 Hull Street Road and 2107 Semmes Ave. have been hit, with the Semmes Avenue location targeted twice.

No weapon was displayed during any of the incidents.

The suspect is a black male in his mid to late 30s with a bald head. During the incidents he wore a black T-shirt, black pants, dark shoes and a black coat or jacket. Photos from store surveillance accompany this advisory.

Anyone with information about these larcenies or the suspect involved is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or Third Precinct detectives at 646-1109.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pssst…Wanna Make An Arrest?



If you’re going to steal items from vehicles, it might not be such a good idea to try to sell them to a police officer.

But that’s exactly what two men did recently in the 1000 block of Hull Street.

Off-duty Richmond Police Officers Glendon Cox and Larry Boxley had just stepped outside of a restaurant when two men approached them and asked if they’d like to buy a GPS unit for $20.

Officer Cox agreed and asked the men to wait while he grabbed his wallet. Instead, he grabbed his badge and gun and arrested the men on the spot.

Lawrence D. Loflin, 39, of Sandson, and Justin W. Hunter, 29, of Silver Springs, Maryland, have both been charged with three counts each of larceny and vandalism of the vehicles.