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.