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.