Friday, July 29, 2011

National Night Out Kickoff Celebration Tomorrow

National Night Out Kickoff

Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30

Target store, 7107 Forest Hill Ave.

Richmond Police and Target invite the public to attend a free crime prevention festival as a prelude to Tuesday, Aug. 2, the official National Night Out.

Richmond Police and the Richmond Sheriff’s Office will provide crime prevention information, giveaways and fingerprint identification kits for children accompanied by a parent.

Target will provide free food, fun and a family-friendly atmosphere.

This year marks the 28th annual celebration of National Night Out, when communities across the country come together to give crime a “going-away party.”

In addition, citizens and neighborhood groups may still register their National Night Out event for National Town Watch recognition by contacting the Richmond Police Community Care Unit at 646-7193.

For a list of scheduled National Night Out events in Richmond, visit

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Suspects Sought in Beating Death

Richmond Police needs the public’s help to identify two men who beat another man to death last year.

Peter O. Alisigwe, 58, was robbed and beaten in his residence in the 2100 block of Phaup Street at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2010. He died of his injuries at the hospital on Jan. 25, 2011.

The Medical Examiner’s Office recently ruled the death a homicide.

The first suspect is described as a black male, about 18 years old, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build who was last seen wearing a ski mask, a white shirt and blue pants.

The second suspect is described as a black male, about 18 years old, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build and a medium dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a burgundy shirt and burgundy pants.

This is the Department’s 18th homicide of the year.

Anyone with any information 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.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Public's Help Sought in Riverside Drive Homicide

Richmond Police need the public’s help to determine the circumstances behind a young man’s death Sunday on Riverside Drive.

At approximately 5 a.m., officers found Osbin N. Hernandez-Gonzales, 18, of Chesterfield, in a wooded area in the 8200 block of Riverside Drive dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen or spoken with Hernandez-Gonzales, pictured below, to call them with any information.

People are 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, July 13, 2011

Vehicles Collide at East Byrd and South Ninth streets

Vehicles Collide at East Byrd and South Ninth streets

At approximately 1 p.m., the Richmond Police Department responded to a call of a vehicle accident at the intersection of East Byrd and South Ninth streets.

After an initial investigation by Department officers it has been determined that a box truck traveling south on South Ninth Street disregarded a red signal and struck a small bus that was crossing eastbound through the intersection at East Byrd Street. The bus, carrying children from a local club, upended and came to rest on its side.

The Richmond Fire Department and Richmond Ambulance Authority personnel responded along with Department officers and began transporting all 12 persons involved to local hospitals. Seven victims were transported to VCU Medical Center, three went to CJW Medical Center – Chippenham, and two were transported to Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.

Department officers have charged the driver of the box truck, Christopher Blackwell, 20, of the 2000 block of Eastwood Ridge Drive in Moseley, Virginia, with disregarding a red light.

The south entrance to the Manchester Bridge was closed for just under three hours as the investigation was conducted.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Falling Death Investigation

After further investigation into a falling death in the city Saturday, Richmond Police detectives and the Medical Examiner’s Office have determined the fall was accidental.

At approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, a patrol officer saw Timothy S. May, 44, of the 1000 block of Lavon Drive, possibly drinking in public at 21st Street and Riverside Drive. As the officer approached May to speak with him, May climbed over the stairwell railing of the footbridge and tried to drop down to the other side.

At this point, May lost his grip with one hand and, despite the officer’s efforts to pull him back, May fell approximately 29 feet to the ground below.

He was taken to VCU Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Arrests Made in Broad Rock Homicide

The U.S. Marshals Service has tracked down and arrested three people in Chelan, Wash., wanted in connection with a Richmond murder last month.

Noel Garcia, 24, and Evelin Jakelin Escalon-Murillo, 23, are charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder. A third person, Everado George Dela Mora, 35, is charged with accessory after the fact.

Just before 2 a.m. Saturday, June 11, Richmond Police received a call for random gunfire in the 3000 block of Broad Rock Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found Daniel Cortez-Cisneros inside a car. He had been shot. He was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force based in Richmond contacted their West Coast partners with the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force on Monday, June 27, to advise that the three suspects may be in Chelan, near Spokane. Task force members and Chelan authorities arrested the three Thursday, June 30.

The Richmond Police Department thanks both task forces for their work to successfully apprehend these murder suspects.

Noel Garcia

Evelin Jakelin Escalon-Murillo

Everado George Dela Mora