Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mosby Street Death Investigation

Richmond Police investigators have identified the man found shot to death last night as Londell L. Shelton Jr., 19, of the 1400 block of North 30th Street.

At approximately 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the 1000 block of Mosby Street for a report of a person shot.

When they arrived they found Shelton near O Street suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, and investigators ask anyone with any information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 first using the word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Police Search for a Match

Police often try to match a crime with a suspect. This time, they are trying to match a patient with a donor.

In response to an illness to an officer’s family member, the Department is partnering with the Be The Match Foundation to host a bone marrow registry event.

The paramount goal of the event is to find a donor that is a suitable match for a life-saving bone marrow transplant for the ill member of the Department family. Fundraising is also important – as is the opportunity to add many names and tissue to the national database in hopes of finding possible donors for the many thousands of patients around the country desperate for a second chance at life.

Participants will join the database by filling out a form and having their cheek swabbed. If one day they are called to donate marrow and save a life the donor would usually need only to submit to a process much like giving blood to provide the marrow.

The event is from 3 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 19, at the Richmond Police Department Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road.

The general public and the media are welcome to attend.

Additional information is available at:

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bike for the Blue Memorial Ride

As part of recognizing Police Memorial Week, members of the Richmond Police Department will join others in law enforcement tomorrow to pedal in a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., in honor of officers who died in the line of duty.

This year’s Bike for the Blue memorial ride takes off at 6 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, May 13, from the State Capitol. A contingent of officers representing the Richmond region will participate along with officers from other jurisdictions in Virginia and North Carolina. Also riding will be agents from the FBI, ATF and members of the National Guard.

Bike for the Blue participants will ride the 117 miles up Route 1 to the nation’s capital to meet their colleagues from across the country for the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony. Richmond Police will remember the officers who gave their lives for the city as it participates in the ride for the 16th year.

“Officers from the Richmond Police Department are proud of our role in hosting the International Police Mountain Bike Association meeting this year,” said Sgt. Anthony Papeleo. “Many officers from around the country who were training with us remarked about the solemnity of the Bike for the Blue ride and how it reinforces the fraternal pride that is so vital to law enforcement. We ride again in remembrance and brotherhood.”

Police Memorial Week is May 15 – 21, 2011.

The media is encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Suspect Sought in Shockoe Market Robbery

The Richmond Police Department is investigating the Monday night robbery of the Shockoe Market at 1802 E. Main St.

Around 8:47 p.m. on May 9, a man carrying a butcher knife entered the store, jumped over the counter and threatened a store employee. He demanded money from the cash register. The suspect took the money and ran from the store, headed east on Main Street.

The suspect is a black male. He was wearing a white mask, a dark-colored knit cap, a light-gray hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored sweatpants, black-and-white shoes and a dark-colored gloves. Photos of the robbery from the store’s surveillance camera accompany this advisory.

Anyone with information about the suspect wanted in this robbery 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 to provide tips are anonymous.

Fatal Wreck on Belmont Road

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a collision that occurred yesterday afternoon between a Richmond school bus and a sport utility vehicle. It happened approximately 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Belmont Road and West Belmont Road.

Karl Anthony McClendon, 46, of the 1700 block of Jacquelin Street, a passenger in the sport utility vehicle, died at the scene. The driver of that vehicle and four other passengers, ranging in age from infant to adult, were taken to VCU Medical Center for medical evaluations. Any injuries they may have suffered were not believed to be serious.

The school bus was carrying six students from Albert Hill Middle School. Neither they nor the bus driver were injured.

The intersection was closed to through traffic for more than four hours so the Department’s Crash Team could map the scene. The team has determined that the driver of the school bus was attempting a left turn onto Belmont Road northbound from West Belmont Road when it collided with the sport utility vehicle, which was traveling southbound on Belmont Road.

No charges will be filed until the Crash Team has completed its investigation and presented its findings to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Two Wanted in McDonald's Robbery

The Richmond Police Department needs the public’s help to locate and identify the two men who robbed a McDonald’s restaurant last Thursday.

Shortly after 10 p.m. May 5, the suspects entered the McDonald’s at 821 Hull St. and demanded money. The suspects took money from the cash register at the drive-through window and forced the manager to open the safe at gunpoint. The suspects ran from the restaurant headed toward Bainbridge Street.

The suspects are two black males with medium builds. They were wearing all black, including black ski masks and gloves. One of them was armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

Anyone with information about the suspects wanted in this robbery 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 to provide tips are anonymous.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Union First Market Bank Robber Wanted

The Richmond Police Department needs the public’s help to identify the man, shown in the attached video, who robbed the Union First Market Bank last Friday afternoon.

Just after 3 p.m. May 6, a man walked into the bank at 111 Virginia St. and passed the teller a note demanding money. He was last seen walking toward the Canal Walk area. The robber is described as a black male, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing between 160 pounds and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a ball cap and a buttoned-up navy or dark-colored shirt with red chevrons on the sleeve and a white emblem on the front left breast area.

Anyone with any information about this man 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.

Chief's Neighborhood Walk-Through in Union Hill

Chief Bryan T. Norwood and members of the Department’s Command Staff will join new Sector 111 Lt. Cindy Riley in a Union Hill neighborhood walk through this afternoon to address some community concerns in the area.

Officers will start the walk at 5 p.m. today at 24th and O streets and fan out around that area. This location was chosen based on complaints from the community regarding drug activity and loitering.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Race for the Cure Street Closings

The Richmond Police Department would like for drivers and citizens to be alert and prepared for the following disruptions in normal traffic flow during this Saturday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K.

East Byrd Street will be closed between South 5th and South 7th streets to accommodate the Start and Finish lines. It will be closed on Saturday from 12:01 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The following streets and bridges will lose a single travel lane to accommodate the event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
*Manchester Bridge southbound to Semmes Avenue exit
*Semmes Avenue westbound to Cowardin Avenue
*Cowardin Avenue north across the Lee Bridge northbound
*South Belvidere Street northbound to East Byrd Street