Sunday, December 25, 2011

Police Identify Victims in Homicide Incidents

Richmond Police has identified the three victims in two separate homicide incidents yesterday.

In the first incident, shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, Richmond Police responded to a residence in the 800 block of North 35th Street for a report of two persons down. Officers arrived and found Edward Lee Bowmer Jr., 60, and Robin Sheryl Clapp, 56, deceased inside a residence. Both had been shot.

Bowmer lived at a residence on North 35th Street. Clapp lived in the 7000 block of Brooks Hollow Parkway in Mechanicsville.

Neither of the homicide victims is related to 2-year-old Kaiden Burnside, who was abducted from the homicide scene when a suspect fleeing the residence stole the vehicle Kaiden was in. Kaiden was later found by police unharmed inside the stolen vehicle near the 1800 block of Jennie Scher Road.
Jamal Louis Clemons, 27, of the 700 block of North 35th Street is still wanted for abduction, three counts of robbery, three counts of robbery with a firearm and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony by a convicted felon. He is considered armed and dangerous.Clemons is a black male, approximately 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-10 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and baggie blue jeans. He has a full beard.In the second incident, Richmond Police received several calls around 11:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, for random gunfire in the vicinity of the 3500 and 3600 blocks of Meadowbridge Road.

Officers investigating the calls found Ryshawn Maurice Jackson, 19, of the 3500 block of Meadowbridge Road with gunshot wounds. Jackson was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he later died.

The investigation continues as detectives canvass the Highland Park neighborhood for information to determine a suspect and motive in this homicide.

Anyone who has information to assist in either homicide investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Police Investigating Highland Park Homicide

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred late Christmas Eve in the city’s north side.

Richmond Police received several calls around 11:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, for random gunfire in the vicinity of the 3500 and 3600 blocks of Meadowbridge Road. Officers investigating the calls found a male in his late teens with gunshot wounds. He was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he later died. The victim has not been positively identified.

Detectives are in the early stages of the investigation and are canvassing the Highland Park neighborhood for information to determine a suspect and motive in this homicide.

Anyone who can assist in this homicide investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Suspect Wanted in Abduction in Connection with Double Homicide

The Richmond Police Department is looking for a male involved in the abduction of 2-year-old child following a double homicide in Church Hill.

Jamal Louis Clemons, 27, of the 700 block of North 35th Street is wanted for abduction, three counts of robbery, three counts of robbery with a firearm and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony by a convicted felon.

Clemons is a black male, approximately 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-10 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and baggie blue jeans. He has a full beard.

Shortly after 5 p.m. this evening Richmond Police responded to a residence in the 800 block of North 35th Street for a report of two persons down. Officers arrived and found an adult male and an adult female deceased inside a residence. Both had been shot.

Witnesses reported that a male fled the scene inside a 2012 white GMC SUV with Virginia plates: XCZ-6757. Two-year-old Kaiden Burnside was inside that vehicle. He is blonde, has blue eyes and was last seen wearing a red plaid shirt, a white or cream vest and green corduroy pants.

Anyone with information about Clemons or 2-year-old Kaiden is asked to call 911 immediately. Persons with information also may call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Quick Arrest Made in Pedestrian Fatality

Richmond Police officers made a quick arrest early this morning of a motorist suspected of striking a pedestrian on North 8th Street. The pedestrian died of his injuries.

According to the Richmond Police Crash Team investigation, Bruce Lee Carter, 47, of Richmond was walking in the 400 block of North 8th Street around 2:15 a.m. when he was hit by a 2006 Mercury Milan. The driver of the Mercury Milan left the scene of the accident in the vehicle. Carter, who was found lying in the roadway, was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he died.

About 30 minutes after the accident, officers patrolling the Shockoe Bottom area observed a Mercury Milan with front-end damage traveling in the 1800 block of East Cary Street. The officers, alerted to the accident in which Carter was struck, quickly initiated a traffic stop to question the driver, identified as Andre U. Vaughan.

Vaughan, 47, of the 1500 block of North 21st Street is charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

North 25th Street Homicide Investigation

The Richmond Police Department is investigating the death of a woman who was shot earlier this morning in the city’s East End.

Around 7:20 a.m. a Richmond Police officer was flagged down by a passer-by who noticed a woman unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the 1100 block of North 25th Street. The woman had a gunshot wound.

She immediately was taken to VCU Medical Center, where she later died.

The homicide victim has been identified as Bonnie C. Marrow, 56, of the 8200 block of Cookes Farm Court in Henrico County.

The initial investigation indicates Marrow may have been struck by a bullet inside her car as she traveled in the vicinity of the Nine Mile Road corridor or the Mechanicsville Turnpike corridor. She would occasionally visit the gravesite of a loved one at Oakwood Cemetery and then travel toward 25th Street.

This morning, it appears Marrow was shot somewhere near Nine Mile or Mechanicsville Turnpike but managed to drive to North 25th Street before losing consciousness. She was driving a late-model four-door, black Acura. A photo of the car accompanies this advisory.

Detectives are canvassing the neighborhood and asking if anyone saw anything between 7:15 and 7:20 a.m. or heard gunshots in the area of Nine Mile Road, Mechanicsville Turnpike or North 25th Street at that time that they please call the Richmond Police Tips Line at 514-TIPS (8477).

Persons with information also may call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Suspects Sought in Fan Stabbing

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to find and identify two men involved in the stabbing of another man in the Fan District.

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, a fight broke out in the 1500 block of West Main Street between two groups of men. During the struggle, one of the victims, a 25-year-old man, was cut and suffered an 8-inch stab wound to his abdomen. The other victim, a 22-year-old man, suffered a broken nose.

The first suspect is described as a white male, about 6’1 feet to 6’3 feet tall with a very slender and lanky build. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and had short, dark wavy hair.

The second suspect is also a white male, approximately 5’8 feet to 5’9 feet tall with brown hair and some facial hair. He was last seen wearing a brown thermal shirt.

A person of interest involved in the fight has a distinctive Redskins helmet tattoo on the top of one of his hands.

Detectives are also pulling possible surveillance images from the area.

Anyone with any information about this incident or these men is asked to call Detective Christina Benkahla at (804) 646-6795 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Burglary Charges in Missing Man Case




Richmond Police detectives have charged three men with conspiracy to commit burglary in connection with a missing Shockoe Bottom man case.

Tre S. Carrington, 24, and Erik S. Finger Jr., 22, both of the 5900 block of Nestle Avenue; and, Andrew L. Scott, 21, of Henrico County, have each been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary. Carrington and Finger Jr. have also been charged with one felony count of grand larceny.

Their mugshots are below.

They were arrested after being caught on surveillance video breaking into Matthew Henry Williams’ apartment on Wednesday, Dec. 14. They were some of the last people seen with Williams before he disappeared Tuesday, Dec. 13.

They are considered persons of interest in Williams’ disappearance.

Williams, 23, of the 1900 block of East Cary Street, was last seen about 10 p.m. on Dec. 13 entering his apartment building with the above three men and leaving with them an hour later.

About 1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, two of those same men are seen breaking into Williams’ apartment without Williams and leaving the scene with his TV and video game console.

Investigators would like to thank the community for the tips they have received, but are still asking anyone with any information about Williams’ whereabouts to call the Department’s Tipsline at 514-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Family Offers Reward in Missing Person Case


The family of a man who went missing under suspicious circumstances this week is offering up to a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the discovery of Matthew Henry Williams.

“Matthew recently graduated from Campbell University and just moved here on November 26, excited and ready to start his new career in finance,” Aunt Debbie Owens said. “He is an energetic, larger-than-life young man who’s a friend to everyone he meets.”

Williams, who is seen in the attached picture, is approximately 6’ feet tall, weighs about 180 pounds, has red/auburn hair and is fair-skinned.

Williams, 23, of the 1900 block of East Cary Street, has been missing since late Tuesday evening when he was last seen at his apartment building in the company of three unknown males, two of whom were later seen breaking into his apartment without Williams.

The Richmond Police Department’s Major Crimes Division along with the help of the community quickly identified those three men and each has been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary. They are and will remain persons of interest in the Williams’ disappearance.

“The Department is continuing its search for Matthew and using every available resource, both within the Department and with outside agencies,” Major Crimes Acting Capt. Emmett Williams said.

“We are encouraging anyone who may have any information to please call our Tipsline, 514—TIPS (8477). Every tip, no matter how small or may seem insignificant, is important in finding Matthew.”

Investigators would like to thank the community for the tips they have received, but are still asking anyone with any information about this incident or Williams’ whereabouts to call the Department’s Tipsline at 514-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Man Missing; Foul Play Suspected


Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to find a man who has gone missing under suspicious circumstances.

Matthew Henry Williams, 23, of the 1900 block of East Cary Street, was last seen about 10 p.m. Tuesday entering his apartment building with three unknown, black males, and leaving with them an hour later.

About 1 a.m. Wednesday, two of those same men are seen trying to break into Williams’ apartment without Williams and leaving the scene with his TV and video game console.

Williams, who is pictured below, is approximately 6’ feet tall, weighs about 180 pounds, has red/auburn hair and is fair-skinned. He is new to the area and is known to frequent Lucky Buddha and Cha Cha’s in Shockoe Bottom.

If anyone has any information on Williams’ whereabouts, they’re asked to call Detective Benjamin Toderico at (804) 646-3928 or Sgt. Bill Brereton (804) 646-5034. Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Public Cautioned About Unattended Car Warmups

Now that the temperatures have dropped, city residents have started to warm up their cars in the morning, often times leaving them unattended.

This has resulted in several motor vehicle thefts in the city.

Last week, Second Precinct officers took reports for five stolen vehicles. Citywide, there were 16 such motor vehicle thefts last week compared with four during the same time period last year.

“Don’t be a volunteer victim. The easiest type of car to steal is one with the keys left inside,” Second Precinct Capt. Harvey Powers said. “Even if the vehicle is locked while warming up, it doesn’t take much for a criminal to break the glass.

“And this type of theft is not restricted to one place in the city. We have seen running unattended vehicles stolen in residential and business locations in the city, including both apartment complexes and in home driveways.”

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Midlothian Turnpike Robbers Sought

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify and find two men who robbed a woman at gunpoint on Midlothian Turnpike recently.

They are pictured in the below surveillance video.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Nov. 29, a woman pulled up to a gas station in the 6200 block of Midlothian Turnpike. As she sat in her car, two men approached her and one of them flashed a gun and grabbed her wallet. Both men then ran away.

The first robber is described as a light-skinned black male with a skinny build and beard-like facial hair. He’s about 5’5 to 5’7 feet tall and between 20 and 25 years old. He was last seen wearing a black skull cap and a black collared shirt with a white “LGR” on the left side.

The second robber is described as a light-skinned black male with a medium build. He’s about 5’7 to 5’9 feet tall and between 20 and 25 years old. He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket with a white stripe going from the neck down to the cuffs on each sleeve; a dark blue or black fitted ball cap; a blue bandana with white markings over his face; and he was armed with a small black revolver.

If anyone recognizes the men in this video, please contact Detective Reuben Albright (804) 646-1007. Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

video

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Witnesses Sought in Powhite Incident

Richmond Police detectives are looking for witnesses regarding an incident this week in which a man was struck by a vehicle on the Powhite Parkway.

At approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, officers were called to the emergency lane on the northbound side of the James River Bridge on the Powhite Parkway for a report of a man stuck by a vehicle. The 24-year-old woman who was driving told officers she and her boyfriend were arguing when he struck her several times and she stopped the vehicle half way across the bridge in the emergency lane.

That’s when the man got out of the car, she said. When she attempted to drive away, she told investigators, the 26-year-old man jumped in front of her vehicle and was struck. He was taken to the hospital where he is still in critical condition.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen the vehicle—a 1991, maroon two-door Oldsmobile Delta 88—on the side of the road to call Detective Mark Allen at (804) 646-0280.

Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Police Seek Help to Identify Man

Richmond Police has developed a composite sketch in an ongoing effort to identify a man found deceased last Wednesday.

Around 9:30 a.m. Nov. 23, a man was found deceased in a wooded area near the 2000 block of Mecklenburg Street in the Whitcomb neighborhood. There was no identification on his body and no signs of foul play.

The composite sketch shown at right provides the best resemblance of the man. He is a black male between 20 and 30 years of age. He was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt, blue jeans and black boots. His hair is dreadlocked. He has an old scar on his forehead and his left wrist was bandaged.

If anyone is aware of a missing person matching this description or recognizes the face in the composite sketch, please contact Detective Mac Adams at 646-3930.

Persons with information also may call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Holiday Events Close Some Streets; Restrict Parking

Richmond’s holiday season begins this weekend with the Grand Illumination on Friday, Dec. 2, and the Dominion Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. 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 9th 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 West 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 West Broad Street will be closed to traffic from Robinson Street to 8th Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • DMV Drive from Leigh Street to West Broad Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Leigh Street from Hermitage Road to North Boulevard will be closed from
    7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Seventh Street from East Broad Street to Jackson Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 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 7th Street.

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.

Citizens should also be aware of the Lincoln movie filming around the Capitol area and Governor’s mansion. Starting at 10 a.m. Friday and continuing through 2 a.m. Saturday, there will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th Street.

Motorists coming into the city on the Downtown Expressway should also be aware that ongoing construction has reduced the number of lanes into the city at night to three lanes.

The Department urges everyone to have patience and plan for a little extra time in trying to get to their destinations.

Recognize This Shooting Suspect Vehicle?



Richmond Police need the public’s help to identify a vehicle used during a shooting last week in Gilpin Court. The vehicle can be seen in the below photos.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, a male reported he was shot twice by an unknown person traveling in a brown Chevy Blazer in the 1300 block of St. Peter Street. The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Anyone with information about this vehicle or this crime is asked to call Detective Christina Benkahla at (804) 646-6795 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.

Gilmer Street Persons of Interest Sought



Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify two men involved in the robbery of two VCU students at gunpoint on Gilmer Street recently

Two persons of interest are pictured in the below photos using the victims’ stolen credit cards.

At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, two men were walking in the 400 block of Gilmer Street when they were robbed at gunpoint by two unknown men. Detectives also believe two additional men acted as lookouts during the robbery. The suspects stole the victims’ iPhones, credit cards and small amount of cash

The two primary suspects are described as black males, about 5’8” to 5’10” with a thin to medium build. They were last seen wearing dark clothing and fled the scene on foot.

Anyone with information about these individuals or this crime is asked to call Detective Todd Perseghin at (804) 646-3103 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Arrest Made in Weekend Homicides

The Richmond Police Department has cleared the two homicides from the past weekend with the arrest of an individual. The suspect was identified and arrested yesterday afternoon without incident.

The suspect in both homicides is a 16-year-old male. He is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“Our Major Crimes detectives worked through the weekend to resolve both homicides, investigating leads and processing evidence,” Major Steve Drew said. “With cooperation and assistance from citizens in the community, we quickly developed a suspect and we were able to make this arrest. We would like to thank the citizens for their ongoing support of Richmond Police and our efforts.”

The first homicide occurred around 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Officers responding to a report of a person shot at the BP at 1 Westover Hills Blvd. found Blaine Tyler, 48, of the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike with a gunshot wound. Tyler died at the scene.

In the second homicide, Richmond Police received several calls for random gunfire in the 1700 block of Edwards Avenue around 2:51 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Officers investigating the calls found Pierre Walter Cosby, 32, shot to death inside a car. Cosby lived in the 2500 block of Columbia Street.

The investigation in both homicides remains ongoing. Anyone who has additional information that can contribute to the prosecution of these cases is asked to call Detective Arcellious Demery at 646-5999, Detective John Bandy at 646-3878 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Movie Filming to Close Several Downtown Streets

The Richmond Police Department asks motorists to be aware of the following major street closures and traffic disruptions in the downtown area in the next few weeks.

Because of the Lincoln movie filming around the Capitol area and Governor’s mansion, the following streets will be closed or traffic stopped intermittently during the designated times:

On Tuesday, Nov. 29:
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th Street from noon to midnight

On Wednesday, Nov. 30:
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th Street from noon to midnight

On Thursday, Dec. 1:
• Ninth Street from East Main to East Broad streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to midnight
• Bank Street from 9th to Governor streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to midnight
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th Street from noon to midnight
• There will be intermittent block closures and traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Grace Street, East Broad Street, East Franklin Street and 8th Street around the Capitol area from noon to midnight
On Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3:
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th Street from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6:
• Bank Street from 9th to Governor streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to midnight

On Wednesday, Dec. 7:
• Ninth Street will be closed from East Main to East Broad streets from 9 a.m. to midnight
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th Street from 9 a.m. to midnight
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on Bank Street from 9th to Governor streets from 9 a.m. to midnight
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th Street from 9 a.m. to midnight

On Thursday, Dec. 8:
• Bank Street will be closed from 9th Street to Governor street from 10 a.m. to midnight
• Ninth Street will be closed from East Broad Street to East Main Street from 10 a.m. to midnight
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to midnight

On Friday, Dec. 9:
• Bank Street will be closed from 9th Street to Governor street from 10 a.m. to midnight
• Ninth Street will be closed from East Broad Street to East Main Street from 10 a.m. to midnight
• There will be intermittent traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Broad Street between 9th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to midnight
• There will be intermittent block closures and traffic control, such as stopping all traffic for brief periods of time, on East Franklin and East Grace streets near the Capitol area from 10 a.m. to midnight

On Monday, Dec. 12:
• Ninth Street from East Main Street to East Broad Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to midnight
• Bank Street from 9th Street to Governor Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to midnight

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Help Needed to Identify Man

Richmond Police needs the public’s assistance identifying a man found deceased on Nov. 23.

Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a man was found deceased in a wooded area near the 2000 block of Mecklenburg Street in the Whitcomb neighborhood. There was no identification on his body and no signs of foul play.

The deceased is a black male between 20 and 30 years of age. He was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt, blue jeans and black boots. His hair is dreadlocked. He has an old scar on his forehead and his left wrist was bandaged.

If anyone is aware of a missing person matching this description, please contact Detective David Burt at 646-3913.

Persons with information also may call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Suspicious Fire Investigation Update

The Richmond Police Department has charged the occupant of the Grove Avenue apartment that caught fire Saturday.

Jeff S. Prillaman, 51, of the 3500 block of Grove Avenue, has been charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine. His photo will be released when it is available.

Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Richmond Fire Department responded to a fire in the 3500 block of Grove Avenue. After the fire was extinguished, chemicals were found in the apartment that are consistent with the production of methamphetamine. The Richmond Police Department was called to the scene.

Arson investigators were called to the scene along with the Bomb Squad as a precaution. The scene was rendered safe and the chemicals were sent to the State Lab for analysis.

Prillaman remains at VCU Medical Center and is still being treated for his injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pursuit and Wreck - Suspect Photo



Attached and below is the photo of the vehicle operator in Saturday’s pursuit and wreck.

Leroy K. Maclin, 30, of the 1300 block of Cedar Lawn Avenue in Henrico has been charged with driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and attempt to elude.

Saturday night at approximately 10:30 p.m., an officer on foot received information about a vehicle being driven dangerously in Shockoe Slip. The officer observed the vehicle and attempted to stop it in the 1400 block of East Cary Street but the vehicle continued eastbound.

Officers in the area observed the Chevrolet Cavalier being driven eastbound on Dock Street and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle increased speed and several blocks later lost control and wrecked against a parking structure in the 2300 block of Dock Street.

The Richmond Fire Department extricated Maclin from the vehicle as the Police Department Crash Team responded to investigate. Maclin was transported to VCU Medical Center.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Suspicious Fire Investigation

At approximately 9:30 p.m. last night the Richmond Fire Department responded to a fire in the 3500 block of Grove Avenue. After the fire was extinguished, chemicals were found in the apartment that are consistent with the production of methamphetamine. The Richmond Police Department was called to the scene.
Arson investigators were called to the scene as well as the Bomb Squad as a precaution. The scene was rendered safe.

The occupant of the apartment, Jeff S. Prillaman, 51, of the same address, was transported to VCU Medical Center with severe burns that are considered life threatening.

Evidence will be submitted to the State Lab. The investigation is ongoing.

Pursuit and Vehicle Wreck Update

The vehicle operator in yesterday’s pursuit and wreck has been identified as Leroy K. Maclin, 30, of the 1300 block of Cedar Lawn Avenue in Henrico.

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m., an officer on foot received information about a vehicle being driven dangerously in Shockoe Slip. The officer observed the vehicle and attempted to stop it in the 1400 block of East Cary Street but the vehicle continued eastbound. Officers in the area observed the Chevrolet Cavalier being driven eastbound on Dock Street and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle increased speed and several blocks later lost control and wrecked against a parking structure in the 2300 block of Dock Street.

The Richmond Fire Department extricated Maclin from the vehicle as the Police Department Crash Team responded to investigate. Maclin was transported to VCU Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life threatening.

Maclin has been charged with driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and attempt to elude. His photo will be released when it is available.

The investigation continues.

Pursuit and Vehicle Wreck

A vehicle wrecked while being pursued by the Richmond Police Department Saturday evening.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. an officer attempted to stop a vehicle while it was being driven eastbound on Dock Street.

The vehicle increased speed and lost control and wrecked against a parking structure in the 2300 block of Dock Street. Dock Street was closed to traffic to allow the Department Crash Team to investigate the scene and to allow time for the vehicle to be removed.

A male, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was transported to VCU Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life threatening.

The Department Crash Team is continuing the investigation.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Comes Early to Mosby Court

WHO:
Richmond Police Faith Leaders Partnership
Richmond Police Department
Mosby Court Tenant Council
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority Police

WHAT:
Mosby Court Thanksgiving Community Day

WHEN:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

WHERE:
Mosby Court, 1400 block of Coalter Street

BACKGROUND:
The Richmond Police Faith Leaders Partnership is returning to Mosby Court to host another community day for its residents. The past two visits were well-received and the need remains in the community.

This time, along with its message of prayer and empowerment, the Faith Leaders Partnership also will bring clothing, furniture and several Thanksgiving baskets to distribute in the community.

In addition, Mosby Court residents will have the opportunity to participate in health screenings as well as receive information on parenting resources and job opportunities.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

SWAT Team Call Out – Shooting Suspect Sought

SWAT Team Call Out – Shooting Suspect Sought

Last night, at approximately 9:45 p.m., the Richmond Police Department responded to a call of a robbery and shooting in the 3400 block of Jefferson Davis Highway.

Two adult males were found suffering from gunshot wounds and were transported to VCU Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life threatening.

Detectives and investigators worked through the night developing leads. Those leads led investigators to the Jefferson Davis Motel located in the 3300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway.

Due to the potential for violence the SWAT team was called to the scene.

Precautions were taken and guests were moved from the area as SWAT members searched for the suspect. SWAT members checked the area but the suspect was not located.

Detectives are looking for a black male in his 30’s, five feet five inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. He has thinning hair and a slight goatee.

Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Richmond Police Graduates 18 from Hispanic Academy

WHAT:
Hispanic Academy Graduation

WHEN:
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17

WHERE:
Sacred Heart Center, 1400 Perry St.

BACKGROUND:
The Richmond Police Department graduates the 18 members of its ninth Hispanic Academy tomorrow evening. The graduates took part in a six-week course that met twice weekly.

Topics covered during the course included robbery prevention, personal safety, DUI prevention, gang awareness and immigration laws. Public safety partners from the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and Richmond Fire and Emergency Services assisted in teaching several topics.

A majority of the course topics were taught in Spanish by several of the Department’s bilingual officers. Other classes were taught with the assistance of a translator from the City’s Hispanic Liaison Office.

Richmond Police partnered with the Sacred Heart Center to host the classes in a central location for the Hispanic residents.

For more information on the Richmond Police Hispanic Academy, please contact Officer Julissa Booth at 646-7179.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Young Adults, Faith Leadersas Resources to Build Relationships in the Community

Community policing encompasses all aspects and demographics of the community. Two demographics that Chief Bryan T. Norwood has tapped into as resources are Richmond’s young people and its faith leaders.

When Chief Norwood came to Richmond in November 2008, he brought the idea of having a group of young adults to serve as liaisons between the city high school population and Richmond Police. The Young Adult Police Commissioners was born out of that idea.

Since then there have been two classes of commissioners who have contributed to the community and community policing, from feeding the homeless to hosting a teen forum and talent shows. These teens are selected by their peers to serve as volunteer representatives of their schools, as well as their neighborhoods, for Richmond Police.

The third class of commissioners will be sworn in 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. This is the largest class since the group’s inception, with 28 new commissioners coming on board.

The Department also plans to combine the resources of the Young Adult Police Commissioners with its other valuable resource – the Richmond Police Faith Leaders Partnership. Together, the two groups serve as important voices for the community. They speak for those who are unwilling or unable to speak for themselves on issues involving law enforcement. They also serve as support groups for the demographics they represent – high school students and parishioners.

“With YAPC and the Faith Leaders, we are building a winning team in the ongoing push for public safety,” Chief Norwood said. “We need more residents like them.”

Business Watch Just Like Neighborhood Watch

WHAT:
Business Watch Forum

WHEN:

6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14

WHERE:

Richmond Police Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road

BACKGROUND:

Business owners have to look out for their property just like the residents of Richmond do with a Neighborhood Watch.

In an effort to assist local businesses in protecting their property and employees, the Richmond Police Department’s Community Care Crime Prevention Team will host a Business Watch Forum on crime prevention strategies and measures they can take.

Crime prevention presentations for businesses will be made by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Henrico Police, Richmond Police and area loss prevention specialists.

Richmond and Henrico Police will present strategies for businesses to harden themselves as a target for robbers, burglars and shoplifters. The Attorney General’s Office will cover fraud and counterfeiting.

For more information on the Business Watch Forum, please contact Officer Alice Snell at 646-5061.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Watch for Runners, Street Closings during Saturday Marathon

The Richmond Police Department asks motorists to be mindful of runners, parking restrictions and street closings because of the Richmond SunTrust Marathon this Saturday.

Drivers need to be patient and on the lookout for runners along the routes.

Please be aware of signs restricting parking and detours throughout the city starting at 4 p.m. Friday and continuing through 5 p.m. Saturday.

The following streets will be closed during the designated times:

  • Cary Street will be closed between 3rd and 12th Streets from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. The recommended detour is southbound 2nd Street to Byrd Street. Byrd Street will bear left and intersect Canal Street. Follow Canal east to 14th Street.
  • Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th and 11th Streets will be closed to traffic from 4am to 9am. Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto 11th Street and west on Leigh Street.
  • Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th Street and N. Boulevard will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9am. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Sheppard Street, east on Marshall Street, north on the Boulevard, east on Leigh Street, south on 10th Street, east on Marshall Street, south on 12th Street back to Broad Street.
  • Grace Street from Allen Ave. to 3rd Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 3rd Street from Broad Street to Cary Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mulberry Street between Broad St. and Monument Ave. will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the HCA Virginia 8K.
  • Grace Street will be closed between Boulevard and Allen Ave. from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the HCA Virginia 8K.
  • Lombardy Street between Brook Rd. and Monument Ave will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • North Boulevard northbound from Broad St. to Hermitage Rd. will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10am for the McDonald’s Half Marathon.
  • Hermitage Road northbound from Boulevard to Pope Ave will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the McDonalds Half Marathon.
  • Brookland Parkway eastbound from Hermitage Rd. to Lamont St. will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the McDonald’s Half Marathon
  • Bellevue Avenue from Hermitage Rd to Bryan Park entrance will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the McDonald’s Half Marathon.
  • Monument Avenue westbound between Mulberry and Westmoreland will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Westmoreland between Monument Ave and Grove Ave will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Grove Avenue westbound between Commonwealth and Maple will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Maple Avenue from Grove to Cary Street will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • The Huguenot Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Northbound traffic on Huguenot Road will be detoured north from Huguenot Road onto Chippenham Parkway to the Willey Bridge.
  • Riverside Dr. will be closed from the Huguenot Bridge to Scottview Drive from 6am to Noon.
  • Forest Hill Ave. westbound from Roanoke St. to Hathaway Rd. will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11:30am.
  • Semmes Ave. Westbound from Cowardin Ave. to Roanoke St. will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Belvidere Street northbound at Grace Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The recommended detour will be east on Byrd Street to the Downtown Expressway eastbound to I-95 northbound.
  • West Main Street, from Belvidere to Boulevard will be closed from 9 a. m. 1 p.m. Westbound traffic Main St will be detoured North on Belvidere, East on Franklin, and South on 1st Street to the Westbound Downtown Expressway.
  • Belvidere Street southbound between Broad and Grace Streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The recommended detour for southbound Belvidere Street will be onto I-95 southbound just north of Leigh Street
  • The southbound exit ramp from the Powhite Parkway to Forest Hill Avenue and the northbound entrance ramp from westbound Forest Hill Avenue onto the Powhite Parkway will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m.
  • There will also be numerous and frequent lane closures along the Marathon, Half Marathon & 8k routes, including closures on: Broad Street, North Boulevard, Monument Avenue, Grove Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cary Street Road, River Road, Scottview Drive, Forest Hill Avenue, Semmes Avenue, the Lee Bridge, Belvidere Street, West Main Street, Hermitage Road, Fauqier Avenue, Brook Road.

Monday, November 7, 2011

West Franklin Street Assault

At approximately 3:19 a.m. today, Richmond Police responded to the 700 block of West Franklin Street for a call of a large group of disorderly people with shots fired.

When officers arrived, they found one male victim was assaulted and suffered minor facial injuries. A second male victim was taken to the hospital with what was believed to be a gunshot injury to his hand. That second victim was later identified as a Virginia Commonwealth University student.

Based on follow-up information from attending physicians, investigators determined the victim had not been shot, but instead suffered a laceration to his hand.

Investigators are following up on strong leads to identify the suspect.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Media Stories Lead to Assault Arrests



Thanks to the media attention and community support, Richmond Police detectives have been able to identify and arrest the people involved in a brutal, home invasion assault on Bowe Street this summer.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, two men climbed the victim’s balcony in the 800 block of Bowe Street, kicked in the door and assaulted the victim with a stove pan and a TV.

The victim was taken to VCU Medical Center to recover from his injuries.

After detectives asked the public for help in August, they received several credible tips that helped them identify everyone involved in the crime and arrest Jimmy L. Wilson Jr., 36, of Chester, and Robert B. Pennington, 26, of Chesterfield. Both men have been charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit burglary.

“If it were not for the media stories and the great support we have from the community, we may not have been able to identify and arrest these offenders,” Capt. Brian Russell said.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Police 911 Center Promotes New Supervisors

WHAT:
Division of Emergency Communications Promotion Ceremony

WHEN:

3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1

WHERE:

Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road

BACKGROUND:

The Richmond Police 911 Center, which averages more than 850,000 calls a year, will promote new communications officer supervisors from within tomorrow.

Rising to the rank of Communications Officer Supervisor are:


  • James C. Gwynne

  • Felicia E. Roane

Moving up to Assistant Communications Officer Supervisor are:



  • Robin P. Peters-Brown

  • Chantae E. Layne

  • Cynthia M. Stewart

The Department also will posthumously recognize the promotion of Dominic O. Tabb to the rank of assistant communications officer supervisor. Tabb died of his injuries in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 5.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Officer Involved Shooting Suspect Photo


Attached, and to the right, is the photo of Morris D. Dewitt, the suspect in the officer involved shooting from Friday night.

Dewitt, 47, of the 8000 block of Fallbrooke Drive, Chesterfield, has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, attempt to elude and defective equipment.

The incident is still under investigation. The Richmond Police Department is working closely with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in this case.

The Department is compiling all facts and circumstances of this incident and will be turning over the information to the Commonwealth’s Attorney when the investigation is complete.

The Department will then await a determination from that office regarding the officers’ actions during the shooting incident.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thursday Traffic Alert

Traffic Alert: 9th Street between Main and Broad Streets will be closed Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Avoid the area, especially during rush hour.

Traffic

Monday, October 24, 2011

Officer Involved Shooting Update

A Chesterfield man has been identified as the suspect in the Officer Involved Shooting incident on Friday. The Richmond Police Department arrested Morris D. Dewitt, 47, of the 8000 block of Fallbrooke Drive and charged him with defective equipment, attempt to elude and attempted capital murder of a police officer.

Dewitt remains at VCU Medical Center with an injury that is not considered life threatening. His photo will be released when available.

At approximately 10:50 p.m. Friday, officers attempted to make a traffic stop near Maury Street. The vehicle did not stop and officers pursued the vehicle for several blocks. The preliminary investigation shows the suspect vehicle struck several Department vehicles before coming to a stop at Maury Street near the I-95 underpass just past the Brander Street Pumping Station.

Officers approached the vehicle and attempted to make an arrest. Due to aggressive actions towards the officers by the suspect an officer fired a service weapon and struck the suspect.

No Department officer was injured during the incident.

The Department’s Force Investigation Team is examining the incident, per Department policy. The facts and circumstances, including actions by the officers and the suspect, will be documented and submitted to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative Saturday


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 and should not be flushed into the sewer system for environmental reasons.

To assist in the proper disposal of these drugs, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement agencies across the country will host a nationwide drug take-back initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Richmond Police Department will have two collection sites open to the public that day:

• East District Center, 701 N. 25th St.
• Southside Community Service Center, 4100 Hull St.

“This is a public service that possibly will help prevent a tragedy,” said Lt. William Blackwell of the Department’s Special Investigations Division. “Old and unused prescription medication should not be kept around the house, especially if there are children or elderly residents there. They should be properly disposed of and this is the perfect opportunity.”

Residents are welcome to bring unused or expired prescription medications to either location. Police ask that you do not bring syringes or illegal narcotics for disposal to the collection sites.

All prescription medications collected will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Richmond Police Investigating Murder on German School Road

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a murder that occurred early this morning on German School Road.

Officers responded to a call for a person shot around 2:37 a.m. in the 300 block of German School Road.

When officers arrived, they found Charles Lee Smith Jr., 26, of the 5900 block of Westower Court lying on the ground outside an apartment. Smith had several gunshot wounds and was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he later died.

A suspect has not been identified and a motive has not been determined in this homicide.

Detectives ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Domestic Violence Awareness Forum Saturday

Richmond Police and the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will host a free Domestic Violence Awareness Forum from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Cedar Street Baptist Church, 2301 Cedar St.

The forum is part of the monthlong 4th Annual Domestic Violence “Walk a Mile in my Shoes” Campaign, which supports child victims of domestic violence. Panelists and resources will be available to those in need of assistance or those who wish to help area victims of domestic violence.

For more information on the forum, please contact Sgt. Carol Adams at 646-4069.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hat Factory Assault Suspects Identified

Richmond Police detectives have identified the four men wanted in connection with an assault investigation.

Around midnight on Friday, Sept. 23, the men were in the Hat Factory at 140 Virginia St. when another man was assaulted. Suspects hit the victim with an object, the victim fell to the floor and the suspects continued to assault him. The victim was taken to VCU Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

Richmond Police thanks the members of the media and community members for helping to quickly identify the persons involved. No arrests have been made but the investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Coalter Street Murder Suspect Turns Himself In

Richmond Police has arrested a suspect in the Sept. 22 murder of Maurquan Brown.

Russell Lamont Johnson, whom the Department listed as wanted yesterday, turned himself in at Richmond Police’s Third Precinct earlier this afternoon. He was taken into custody without incident.

Johnson, 28, is charged with murder in the Sept. 22 fatal shooting of Brown in the 1300 block of Coalter Street. Brown was found shot to death around 6:30 a.m. outside an apartment building.

Richmond Police thanks the media for publicizing Johnson as wanted and the area residents who contributed to Johnson peacefully turning himself in.

Assault Suspects Sought



Richmond Police need the public’s help to identify four men who assaulted a male in September.

Around midnight on Friday, September 23, the suspects, pictured, were in the Hat Factory establishment at 140 Virginia Street when they assaulted the victim. The suspects hit the victim with an object, the victim fell to the floor and the suspects continued to assault him. The suspects left the club and fled on foot down Canal Street.

The victim was transported to VCU Medical Center with injuries to his head.

The primary suspect, in the light colored polo shirt, is described as a white male with a shaved head, about 5’11” feet tall and wearing blue jeans.

All four suspects are pictured in one of the photos. The other photo shows two of the suspects including the primary suspect.

Anyone with information about these individuals or this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Suspect Sought in Coalter Street Homicide

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for murder.

Russell Lamont Johnson, 28, is a suspect in the Sept. 22 fatal shooting of Maurquan Brown in the 1300 block of Coalter Street.

Johnson is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds. His last known address is in the 600 block of Hancock Street. He also goes by Jerrell Johnson.

Brown was found shot to death around 6:30 a.m. Sept. 22 outside an apartment building on Coalter Street.

Anyone with information about Johnson or this murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Recognize This Bank Robber?



The Richmond Police Department needs the public’s help to identify a man (pictured) who robbed the First Capital Bank on Three Chopt Road this morning.

Just before 10 a.m. today, a man walked into the First Capital Bank at 7100 Three Chopt Road and demanded money from a teller. He did not display a weapon.

The man, who wore a mask partially covering his face, is described as a white male, approximately 5’6 feet tall, about 165 pounds and in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt with a hood, white ball cap, sunglasses, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about this crime or this man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Richmond Police, Commonwealth's Attorney's Office Partner to Raise Domestic Violence Awareness


According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. The Richmond Police Department and the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office are working together to change that.

“We want women – and men – to report all incidents of domestic violence to prevent an assault from becoming a homicide,” Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. “Most victims are in denial. They believe that the aggressor will eventually stop. The problem with that is these incidents, historically, only escalate.”

Richmond Police responded to more than 11,000 domestic violence calls for service in 2010 and are on track for the same number for 2011.

“We will continue to prioritize domestic violence cases,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring said. “The scope and depth of the damage caused by domestic violence is far greater than most people realize. We see the impact years later through the actions of children who witness it.”

Richmond Police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will kick off the 4th Annual Domestic Violence “Walk a Mile in my Shoes” Campaign with a free 5K walk Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boat Lake in Byrd Park.

Police vehicles representing area law enforcement jurisdictions will lead off the walk. Verizon also will make a donation to a local domestic violence shelter through funds raised from its HopeLine program. Used cell phone donations and clothing donations for women and children housed in area shelters also will be accepted at the event.

The annual campaign also will include a free Domestic Violence Awareness Forum, scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Cedar Street Baptist Church of God, 2301 Cedar St. Panelists and resources will be available to those in need of assistance or those who wish to help area victims of domestic violence.

The 5K walk and the forum are open to the public. For more information, please contact Sgt. Carol Adams at 646-4069.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Arrest Made in Ambler Street Homicide

The Richmond Police Department has made an arrest in the city’s latest homicide.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force today arrested William Christian Nelson, 36, no fixed address, and charged him with murder for stabbing to death Ramoan Cody Tolliver, 24, no fixed address, in the 100 block of Ambler Street early Sunday morning.

Nelson was taken into custody without incident this morning in Powhatan County. He had attempted to alter his appearance by shaving his beard, but when questioned by officers, admitted his identity.

Nelson stabbed Tolliver during an argument between the two men.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Arrests Made in 2 Murders

Richmond Police made arrests today in two recent murders in the city.

Demario Lafayette Stokes, 32, is charged with murder in the fatal Aug. 23 shooting of Antonio Spruill inside a Chamberlayne Avenue apartment.

Kareem Montrell Tillar, 21, is charged with murder in the death of Jamel Cobb, who was gunned down Sept. 18 in the 2100 block of Newbourne Street.

Both suspects are in custody at the Richmond City Jail.

The Richmond Police Department would like to thank the many members of the community who came forward with information to assist the detectives in both investigations and the members of the media for continuing coverage of these shootings, which aided in the arrests.

To date, 19 of the city’s 26 murders in 2011 have been cleared by arrest.







Demario Stokes



Kareem Tillar

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Newbourne Street Shooting Update

The victim of tonight’s shooting in the 2100 block of Newbourne Street has died and detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., Richmond Police received a call for a shot fired. Officers responded to Newbourne St. and found a black male in his early 20’s outside of a residence suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to VCU Medical Center where he died. The Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Detectives have not yet released the victim’s identity. Detectives have not released a suspect description but they have several leads in this case and do not believe this shooting was a random act.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.