Monday, December 31, 2012

Homicide 29th and Newbourne streets


E-mail Advisory             12/31/12                                                               
Richmond Police Department
Homicide at 29th and Newbourne streets

Richmond Police detectives are in the early stages of a homicide investigation in the city’s East End.

At approximately 5:46 p.m. today, a citizen flagged down an RRHA officer on patrol and alerted the officer to a person down at the intersection of 29th and Newbourne streets. Richmond Police Department officers were called to the scene and found a male down at the location. A Richmond Ambulance Authority unit was in the area and pronounced the victim dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim is a black male in his late 20’s.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Detectives, Forensics personnel and K-9 officers are currently working the investigation and speaking with possible witnesses to gather information. Two black males dressed in black clothing were seen in the area before they left on foot. Detectives would like to speak with those men.

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

Friday, December 28, 2012

Arrest Made in 2 Shootings

Richmond Police detectives have arrested one man in connection with two shootings on Christmas Eve.
Just before 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, a 20-year-old man was shot in the 1300 block of Coalter Street by an unknown male. Thanks to detectives’ good investigation, a suspect was quickly identified and further evidence was recovered linking the suspect to another shooting of a 33-year-old man that occurred the same day at approximately 12:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of Fairfield Way.
The suspect—a 15-year-old male—has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, one count of robbery and three counts of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

RPD Encourages Safety on New Year’s Eve While Increasing Patrols

Officers from every unit of the Richmond Police Department will be out in full force on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day this year, working to crack down on drunk drivers as well as celebratory gunfire.


“We work year round to keep the city a safe place to live, work and play and while we realize that the New Year’s Eve holiday is a time people like to let loose, that doesn’t give them a free pass to break the law,” Deputy Chief Eric English said.

Officers and detectives will be divided among the Department’s four precincts based on the analysis of previous years’ data on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day incidents.

“The majority of calls for New Year’s involve people firing guns in the air, especially at the midnight hour,” English said. “We encourage people to use some common sense. Reckless handling of firearms endangers everyone. Bottom line: It is illegal to fire a weapon in the city limits.”

The Richmond Police Department would like to remind citizens they also have a role in New Year’s Eve safety. If you’re going to drink, make sure you don’t drive. Partygoers are asked to have a designated driver or travel by taxi to eliminate having drunk drivers. In large party crowds, try to remain aware of your surroundings at all times and travel in pairs or in groups.
“We want everyone to have fun but also to ring in the new year safely,” English said.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Recognize This Library Theft Suspect?

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man in the attached surveillance photos in connection with a theft at a city library.



Between 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 5, an unknown person stole a cashbox from the city’s main library at 101 E. Franklin St. Detectives believe the man seen in these surveillance images may have hidden in the library when it closed the previous night and then stole the cashbox the next morning when the library opened.
Anyone with any information about this man’s identity or this crime is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective John Walker at (804) 646-3184 or Crime Stoppers by calling 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Arrest Made in Rosecrest Avenue Homicide

Less than 12 hours after a man was murdered yesterday, Richmond Police detectives arrested the man responsible.



Chris L. Taylor, 26, of the 3700 block of Crutchfield Street, was arrested just before 3 a.m. today after detectives found him hiding in a hotel on Commerce Road.



In addition to several outstanding warrants, he was also charged with murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of Brandon E. Goode, 20, of the 200 block of West 33rd Street.



Officers were initially called to the 1700 block of Rosecrest Avenue yesterday at 4:20 p.m. to investigate a report of shots fired and a man down. When they arrived, they found Goode shot in the street. He was taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.



Detectives still ask anyone with any information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Recognize This Carytown Business Burglar?

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man in the below surveillance photo in connection with a Carytown business burglary.




Between 11:25 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. on Dec. 4, a man broke into the business at 3319 W. Cary Street.



Anyone with any information about this man’s identity or this crime is asked to call Third Precinct Detective Charles Kane at (804) 646-1069 or Crime Stoppers by calling 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hanover Avenue Barricaded Subject

At approximately 7 p.m. last evening, the Richmond Police Department was asked to check on the welfare of an individual in the 3200 block of Hanover Avenue.

Officers responding to the address attempted to speak to the male, the sole occupant of the dwelling, who refused to emerge or make contact.

Fearing for the man’s well-being, the Department’s negotiators and SWAT team were called to assist.

For several hours, negotiators attempted to make contact without success.

At approximately 2 a.m., officers entered the structure and found the male dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Several streets were closed during the incident for the safety of residents and motorists and to accommodate the equipment and responders. They were opened at 2:30 a.m.

The investigating is ongoing and no foul play is suspected. The male will be identified when the information is available for release.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Recognize This East Cary Street Robber?

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man in the below surveillance photo who is suspected of an armed robbery downtown.




Between 12:15 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 30, two men robbed a 24-year-old man at gunpoint in the 1100 block of East Cary Street.



The two men are described as black males, approximately 6 feet tall who were last seen wearing all black clothing.



Anyone with any information about this man’s identity or this crime is asked to call First Precinct Detective John Grazioso at (804) 646-0672 or Crime Stoppers by calling 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

E. Main Street Business Burglar Sought


Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man in the attached surveillance photos who broke into an electronics store on Thursday and stole numerous items.



Between 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, an unknown male broke into First and Main Computer store at 117 E. Main St.



The male burglar stole several electronic devices and is described as being in his early to mid-20s with dark-colored hair, possible dreadlocks and a possible mustache.



Anyone with any information about this man’s identity or this crime is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective Margaret Cunningham at (804) 646-2939 or Crime Stoppers by calling 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.




Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Second Arrest Made in September Homicide

Richmond Police detectives arrested a second man today in connection with a September homicide.

Bryant C. Jones, 32, of the 170 block of Carlisle Street, was charged with murder and use of a firearm in connection with the shooting death of Gregory R. Carter, 37, of the 200 block of North Fourth Street.

Carter was found shot to death in his vehicle in the 5300 block of Newton Road on Sept. 14.

In October, detectives arrested Jason A. Goodson, 32, of Chesterfield and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the murder.

Major Crimes Detective James Baynes was able to link Jones to the crime after Jones was involved in an unrelated incident in Chesterfield County that furthered the homicide investigation.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Victim Identified in Nelson Street Death Investigation

Richmond Police detectives have identified Antonio D. Washington, 22, of the 7600 block of Beth Road, as the man shot to death this morning.



Just before 3 a.m. today, officers responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Nelson Street and found the victim dead at the scene.



A 25-year-old female was taken into custody at the scene and interviewed by detectives. After preliminary investigation, interviews with witnesses and after comparing evidence found at the scene and statements made by the female taken into custody, the Richmond Police Department, in consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, will not be prosecuting the female at this time.



The investigation is still in its early stages and remains ongoing. Charges could be placed as the investigation continues.



At this time, the incident is being investigated as an accidental shooting that resulted in a tragic death.







Nelson Street Death Investigation

Richmond Police detectives have determined a fatal shooting that occurred this morning was accidental.

Just before 3 a.m. today, officers responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Nelson Street and found a male who had been shot once and died at the scene.

A 25-year-old female was taken into custody at the scene and interviewed by detectives. After preliminary investigation, interviews with witnesses and after comparing evidence found at the scene and statements made by the female taken into custody, the Richmond Police Department, in consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, will not be prosecuting the female at this time.

The investigation is still in its early stages and remains ongoing. Charges could be placed as the investigation continues.

At this time, the incident is being investigated as an accidental shooting that resulted in a tragic death.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Events Close Some Streets; Restrict Parking

Richmond’s holiday season begins this weekend with the Grand Illumination on Friday, Nov. 30, and the Dominion Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. 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 East Cary Street between 9th 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 2 p.m. Saturday along the following streets:

• Leigh Street between Hermitage and Myers streets

• East Leigh Street between 4th and 9th streets

• Broad Street westbound between 8th and Terminal Place

• Broad Street eastbound between 2nd and 5th streets

• Broad Street eastbound between Davis and Strawberry streets

• Grace Street between Strawberry and Davis streets

• Strawberry Street between West Broad and Grace streets

• Davis Street between West Broad and Grace streets

• DMV Drive

• Seventh Street between East Broad and Jackson streets

• Marshall Street between 3rd and 7th streets



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.



Additionally, Hermitage Road will be closed between Robin Hood and West Broad streets for the Nutzy Rotary Funn Runn 5K between 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Saturday before the parade.



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

Suspect Sought in Commercial Robbery

Richmond Police Department
E-mail Advisory            11/29/12
Suspect Sought in Commercial Robbery

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify and find the man in the attached surveillance photo who robbed a store clerk at gunpoint earlier this month.

At approximately 4:46 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, an armed man entered the Crown gas and convenience store at 4307 Jefferson Davis Highway and robbed the store at gunpoint.

The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion or a Latino male, 5’7”-5’9”, with a mustache and weighing approximately 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a distinct jacket that had a large image of a wolf’s head atop a Native-American-type dream catcher.

The suspect fled on foot northbound along Jefferson Davis Highway towards Buford Avenue.

There were no injuries.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information about this crime to call 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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Suspect Sought in Bus Stop Robbery

Richmond Police Department
E-mail Advisory            11/28/12
Suspect Sought in Bus Stop Robbery


Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man in the attached photos who is a suspect in a robbery earlier this month.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. on November 19, the Richmond Police Department was called to a bus stop at East Marshall and North 25th streets for the report of an armed robbery.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 30 years of age and weighing 160-200 pounds. He was seen wearing a ski mask, a red and black winter coat and dark-colored jeans. The suspect carried an orange and black backpack. His photos are also below.

At this time detectives do not believe this suspect is connected to the several robberies at bus stops earlier this month.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or contact Detective Sergeant Ethan Rhodenizer at Ethan.Rhodenizer@richmondgov.com or Lieutenant Daniel Minton at Daniel.Minton@richmondgov.com. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.





Friday, November 16, 2012

Arson Suspects Sought

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the persons responsible for setting fire to two vehicles in the Fan recently.




Both incidents occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The first was in the 2300 block of Park Avenue and the second in the 100 block of Strawberry Street. Both times, a parked, unoccupied vehicle was set on fire and destroyed.



The suspects are described as two white males between the ages of 19 and 25, approximately 105 pounds to 120 pounds with dark hair. They can be seen in the surveillance video sent separately



Detectives are asking anyone with any information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or Detective Trisha Brown at (804) 646-6130. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Recognize These Midlo Trpk. Family Dollar Robbers?

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to find and identify the two men in these surveillance photos who assaulted and robbed a store clerk at gunpoint last night.
At approximately 8:47 p.m. Wednesday, two armed men entered the Family Dollar store at 6520 Midlothian Turnpike, assaulted the clerk and robbed the store at gunpoint.
The first robber is described as a black male with a medium complexion, 20-30 years old, 5’10”-6’00” and who was last seen wearing a black skull cap and a dark denim jacket. The second robber is described as a black male, 18-28 years of age, 5’-10”-6’00” and weighing approximately 160 pounds.
The pair may have escaped in a gold- or silver-colored pickup extended cab Chevrolet or Dodge with a dent in driver’s side door that was seen in the area.
Detectives are asking anyone with any information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or Detective William Cutshall at (804) 646-1068. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.







Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Can You Help Us Find This Missing Man?

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to find a man suffering from medical issues who is missing.




Otis L. Holmes, 48, of the 3500 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, was last seen standing in the area of Meadow and West Main streets around 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.



Holmes, who suffers from dementia, is described as a black male with gray hair, approximately 5’5” tall and weighing about 170 pounds. His family calls him by the nickname of “Blackie.”



Anyone who sees Mr. Holmes or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Department’s non-emergency number at 646-5100 or Detective Steve Kendell at 646-3378.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Missing Man Sought

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to find a man suffering from medical issues who is missing.


Otis L. Holmes, 48, of the 3500 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, was last seen standing in the area of Meadow and West Main streets around 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.

Holmes, who suffers from dementia, is described as a black male with gray hair, approximately 5’5” tall and weighing about 170 pounds. His family calls him by the nickname of “Blackie.”

Anyone who sees Mr. Holmes or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Department’s non-emergency number at 646-5100 or Detective Steve Kendell at 646-3378.



Friday, November 9, 2012

Suspect Sought in Bus Stop Robberies

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to find the man who committed several robberies at or near East End bus stops last weekend.
The robber appeared to target females who were alone and whose purses were in plain view. The armed robberies occurred from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon:
• Saturday at 7:16 a.m. in the 1700 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike

• Saturday at 8:20 a.m. in the 2400 block of East Marshall Street

• Saturday at 10:10 p.m. in the 2800 block of Fairfield Avenue

• Saturday at 11:46 p.m. in the 1000 block of North 20th Street

• Sunday at 5:43 a.m. in the 1000 block of Mosby Avenue

• Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of N Street
Detectives are asking anyone with any information about these crimes to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or Detective John Grazioso at (804) 646-0672. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Watch for Runners, Street Closings during Marathon

The Richmond Police Department asks motorists to be mindful of runners, parking restrictions and street closings through the city starting Friday night because of the Anthem Richmond Marathon on Saturday.




There a few different street closures this year because of the change to the ending of the race. Additionally, vehicles will be towed earlier this year, starting at midnight Friday, to make sure the course is clear.



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:



• Tredegar Street will be closed between Dominion Resources and 7th Street from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.

• Tredegar Street will be closed between 5th and 7th streets from 6 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.

• 5th Street will be closed between Grace and Tredegar streets from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.

• Cary Street will be closed between 3rd and 12th streets from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Broad Street from Lombardy to Belvidere will be closed all day Saturday.

• Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 4th Street and the Boulevard will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto 11th Street and west on Leigh Street. No parking will be allowed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. 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 4th Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Grace Street will be closed between Boulevard and Allen Ave. from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the HCA Virginia 8K.

• 3rd Street will be closed from Broad to Main Street from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Mulberry Street between Broad and Grace streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the HCA Virginia 8K. No parking will be allowed from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• East Franklin Street between 2nd and 6th streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Lombardy Street between Brook Road and Grace Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• North Boulevard northbound from Broad Street to Hermitage Road will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Hermitage Road northbound from Boulevard to Pope Ave will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.

• Hermitage Road northbound between the Boulevard/Westwood and Laburnum Road will be closed from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Brookland Parkway eastbound from Hermitage Road to Lamont Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon

• Bellevue Avenue from Hermitage Road to the Bryan Park entrance will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.

• Monument Avenue westbound between Mulberry and Chantilly will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. No parking will be allowed from 4 a.m. to 10 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 4:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• The Huguenot Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 4 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 6 a.m. to Noon.

• Forest Hill Ave. westbound from Roanoke St. to Hathaway Rd. will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Semmes Ave. Westbound from Cowardin Avenue to Forest Hill Avenue will be closed from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday

• 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.

• Main Street, from Belvidere to Boulevard will be closed from 4 a. m. to 1 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday

• 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, Fauquier Avenue, Brook Road.

RPD Proud to Welcome New Communications Officers

The 9-1-1 dispatchers are the first responders you rarely see, but always hear. And tomorrow, Chief Bryan T. Norwood and the Richmond Police Department are pleased to welcome the 12 new communications officers as they graduate from the Division of Emergency Communications Academy.




“These communications officers are trained to handle incredibly stressful situations quickly all while coordinating communicating with the appropriate police, fire and emergency response units,” Acting DEC Capt. Tom Nolan said.



The graduation will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. The public and the media are invited to attend.



Graduating from the 16th and 17th DEC Academies are:



• Chris Bolling of Richmond

• Julia Correa of New York

• Jared Crain of Richmond

• Nicole Fowlkes of Baltimore

• Stacy McKinley of Richmond

• William Drewery of Southampton County

• LaTrice Ellerbe of Richmond

• Ulrica Graham of Franklin County

• Carmen Martinez of New York

• Tonnii Oster of Prince George

• Cynthia Tucker of McKenney

• Laura Zicarelli of Prince William

Monday, November 5, 2012

Driver Identified in Fatal Accident

The driver in yesterday’s single-vehicle fatal accident has been identified as Antany L. Turner, 29, of the 3400 block of Walmsley Boulevard.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., Turner was operating a four-door Buick at a high rate of speed westbound on Hopkins Road near Pompey Spring Road when he lost control of the vehicle.

The car crossed the eastbound lanes, collided with a black Lexus, which had been parked on a property, flipped and struck a home in the 2800 block of Hopkins Road.

The home was not occupied at the time of the collision.

Turner was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

Business Watch Promotes Proactive Commerce Safety


WHAT:
Business Watch Forum


WHEN:
9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7


WHERE:
Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road


BACKGROUND:
In an effort to assist local business owners in better protecting their commercial property, employees and patrons, the Richmond Police Department’s Community Care Crime Prevention Team will host a Business Watch Forum on crime prevention strategies.

Richmond Police and area loss prevention specialists will provide details for business owners to harden themselves as a target for robbers, burglars and shoplifters. Officers also will have information for delivery drivers who conduct business at various hours and locations throughout the city.

For more information on the Business Watch Forum, please contact Community Care Officer Alice Snell at (804) 646-5061.

Mechanicville Turnpike Fatality


The Richmond Police Department is investigating an incident in which a bicyclist was killed Thursday afternoon.

The bicyclist, Luther M. Jefferson, 62, of the 1800 block of Maddox Street, was riding southbound on Mechanicsville Turnpike when he and a box truck collided near the I-64 off ramp.

The incident occurred at 3:34 p.m.

Jefferson was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died several hours later.

The Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

The Department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. The Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team has completed its work at the scene but investigators have several more eyewitness interviews to conduct before they consult with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office regarding possible charges.

The driver of the box truck was uninjured. He will not be identified unless charges are filed.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Vehicle into Building Fatal Accident

At approximately 11:30 a.m. the Richmond Police Department was called to Hopkins Road for a fatal vehicle collision.

A four-door Buick was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Hopkins Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle near Pompey Spring Road. The Buick lost control, crossed the eastbound lanes, collided with a black Lexus which was parked on a property and flipped and collided with a home in the 2800 block of Hopkins Road.

The home was not occupied at the time of the collision.

The vehicle driver, a male in his late 20’s, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

There was no sign of alcohol being a factor of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing. The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team is investigating the incident.

The 2800 block of Hopkins Road was closed for one hour to accommodate the investigation.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Victims Identified in Fatal Accident

Richmond Police Department
E-mail Advisory            10/30/12
Victims Identified in Fatal Accident

The Richmond Police Department has identified the two victims from this morning’s vehicle accident.

The passenger, Michael T. Overton, 51, of the 1900 block of Carrington Road, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The driver, Keith D. Fordham, 52, of the 00 block of East Broad Rock Road, was also ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

At approximately 1:23 a.m., their vehicle was attempting to make a left turn off of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge onto Mosby Street when the vehicle collided with a light pole at the corner of Mosby and O streets. The light pole fell to the pavement as the vehicle struck a tree, continued several more feet down O Street and came to rest against another tree.

All roads closed for the crash investigation were re-opened by 5 a.m.

Fatal Vehicle Accident

Richmond Police Department
E-mail Advisory            10/30/12
Fatal Vehicle Accident

A single vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Mosby and O streets this morning, resulting in two fatalities.

At approximately 1:23 a.m., a vehicle was attempting to make a left turn off of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge onto Mosby Street when the vehicle collided with a light pole at the corner of Mosby and O streets. The light pole fell to the pavement as the vehicle struck a tree, continued several more feet down O Street and came to rest against another tree.

Both passengers were ejected. One male died at the scene. The other male passenger was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

The Richmond Police Department is investigating the crash and attempting to identify the victims.

The 900 block of Mosby Street is closed just north of the viaduct and the 1800 block of O Street is also closed to traffic to accommodate the investigation. The bridge is open in both directions, although motorists cannot turn left onto the closed Mosby Street at this time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Carillon-Area Street Closures, Parking Restrictions for Presidential Visit

Starting Wednesday night, both parking restrictions and street closures will go into effect in the Carillon and Byrd Park neighborhoods in advance of the president’s visit to the area Thursday, Oct. 25.
Officers are asking for the public’s patience and understanding during the event as traffic flow will be restricted and even stopped as needed at different times throughout the day Thursday. They are not expected to cause any significant delays or traffic backups.
There will be no parking at the Carillon for the event and all ticketed attendees must park at City Stadium where they will then be bussed to the Carillon.
Those who live around the Carillon area are advised to plan ahead and allow for some extra time Thursday to get to their destinations.
Special parking regulations will be in effect starting Wednesday on Rugby Road, and towing will begin at 6 a.m. Thursday in the immediate area of the Carillion Park unless security circumstances change.
From approximately 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, parking will be restricted and the following streets will be closed:
• Rugby Road

• Wilbon Road

• Park Drive Between Shirley Lane and Blanton Avenue

• Blanton Avenue

• Trafford Road between Blanton and Spottswood Road

• Bute Lane east at Rugby Road

• Carillon Court

• Garrett Street between Blanton Avenue and Walpole Street

• Douglasdale Road east of Walpole Street

• Condie east of Walpole Street

• French Street east of Walpole Street

• Grant Street east of Walpole Street

• South Sheppard Street south of Maplewood Avenue (except for school employees)

• Stroller’s Lane

• Byrd Park Vita Course will be closed

• Barker Field will be closed

• Dogwood Dell parking lots will be closed

• Carillon Park will be closed



Detour Routes

For northbound traffic from the Nickel Bridge:

All traffic northbound will be detoured at Shirley Lane to Shield’s Lake Court to Amelia Street to Meadow Street north bound.
For southbound traffic from the Boulevard:

The Downtown Expressway entrance will remain open.
Remaining traffic will be detoured at the Columbus Monument (Blanton Avenue) east to Idlewood Avenue to Meadow Street south to Amelia Street to Shield’s Lake Court to Shirley Lane to Park Drive south to the bridge.

Man Sought; One Arrested in Newton Road Homicide

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man wearing the baseball cap in the attached surveillance video in connection with a homicide last month.
The man is a suspect in the shooting death of Gregory R. Carter, 37, of the 200 block of North Fourth Street on Sept. 14. Carter’s body was found in his vehicle in the 5300 block of Newton Road by a Richmond Police officer shortly after 3 a.m.
Detectives believe Carter was shot by one of two men he met earlier in the evening in downtown Richmond. Detectives have already arrested one of the men--Jason A. Goodson, 32, of Chesterfield--and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder.
Detectives need the public help to identify the second man. Both Goodson and this second suspect are known to frequent Club Aurora and Club Paradise.
Anyone with any information about who this man is or this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or Detective Jamie Baynes at (804) 646-3617. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

RPD Makes 4 Arrests in Downtown Robberies

Within one hour of three downtown robberies last night, Richmond Police and VCU Police officers made arrests.


Between 9:45 p.m. and 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, a man robbed three people at gunpoint in the 400 block of Goshen Street, 700 block of West Clay Street and the1000 block of Grove Avenue.

Victims gave police a good description of the robber’s getaway vehicle, which was spotted and stopped by Fourth Precinct Officer Nicholas Stirrett about an hour later near Bellevue and Chamberlayne Avenue.

After further investigation by VCU and Richmond Police detectives, three people inside the vehicle were arrested and charged with one count each of robbery in connection with the Grove Avenue robbery. More charges are pending. Those arrested were: Tyrieff Howard, 18, of Henrico County; Harold L. Cox Jr., 18, of Glen Allen; and Tyquisha Q. Carter, 18, of the 2100 block of Pinetree Drive.

Jyquon R. Jackson, 18, of the 800 block of Edgehill Road, was arrested this morning and is believed to be the one who committed the robberies while the other three are accomplices.

Anyone with any information about these crimes is still 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.






Friday, October 12, 2012

Folk Festival Street Closures

Several streets will be closed to vehicles in downtown Richmond this weekend to accommodate the Richmond Folk Festival.

The event will require the closing of:
East Byrd Street between South Second and South Seventh streets;
South Second Street between the Lee Bridge and East Byrd Street;
South Third Street between East Canal and East Byrd streets;
South Fourth Street between East Canal and East Byrd streets;
South Fifth Street between East Canal and Tredegar streets;
Tredegar Street between South Seventh and the Belle Isle parking lot;
South 10th Street between Haxall Point and the Federal Reserve Building, and;
Spring Street between South Belvidere and East Second streets.

Parking will not be permitted on South Second and South Fifth streets.

The roads will be closed from 4:00 p.m., today to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 14.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Arrests Made in Downtown Robbery

Two Hanover County men have been arrested and charged in connection with a downtown robbery last night.

With the assistance of Hanover County deputies, Richmond Police detectives have charged James V. Banks and Joshua L. Bryan, both 19,
with robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a robbery for the Oct. 8 armed robbery in the 500 block of East Grace Street.

Banks has also been charged with brandishing a firearm.

Detectives are still investigating the other robberies that occurred in the area near VCU last night and additional charges are pending.

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




Richmond Police Welcomes New YAPC Members


WHAT:
Young Adult Police Commissioners Swearing-In Ceremony

WHEN:
3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11

WHERE:
Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road

BACKGROUND:
Chief Bryan T. Norwood created the Young Adult Police Commission in 2009 soon after his arrival in Richmond as a positive vehicle for teenagers to become involved with Richmond Police with a strategy-building focus.

Since that time, the group of select high school students, known as Young Adult Police Commissioners, has participated in community service programs, including feeding the homeless and sponsoring teen forums, to contribute to the Department’s community policing philosophy.

Members are recommended for participation with YAPC by their peers and school administrators and must undergo an extensive interview process prior to selection. Ten teens will be sworn in at Thursday’s ceremony, joining the 17 current commissioners.

The demonstrated leadership of past YAPC members boasts a 100 percent college acceptance rate, with most ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the Young Adult Police Commissioners Swearing-In Ceremony.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Arrest Made Within Hours of Early Morning Homicide

Gerard Anthony Harvell

Richmond Police has made an arrest and identified the victim of this morning’s fatal shooting in the Church Hill North neighborhood.

Shaquan Dominique Mealey, 22, of the 1500 block of North 20th Street was found shot in the 1200 block of North 30th Street around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Richmond Police received a call at 12:31 a.m. for shots fired on North 30th Street. First Precinct officers patrolling the neighborhood arrived at the scene within seconds of the call and found Mealey with a gunshot wound on the porch of a residence. Mealey was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he died.

Hours later, Richmond Police arrested Gerard Anthony Harvell, 36, of the 1100 block of Autumn Lake Court in Virginia Beach in connection with this morning’s homicide. Harvell is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and is being held in the Richmond City Jail without bond.

Richmond Police credits the quick response of the responding First Precinct officers and the work throughout the day of Major Crimes detectives for the arrest in this case. The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with additional information to assist in the 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 Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Old Brook Road Homicide – Victim Identified


The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim of yesterday’s homicide on Old Brook Road as Malik D. DeSilva, 31, of the 1500 block of Anderson Highway, Cumberland County.   Officers were called to 4814 Old Brook Road for the call of shots fired and found DeSilva dead from a gunshot wound.   Detectives are working several leads in the case and are searching for three males that were seen leaving the area immediately after the shooting.
  Anyone with any information about this crime 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.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Old Brook Road Homicide

 At approximately 9:06 p.m., the Richmond Police Department received a call of shots fired in the 4800 block of Old Brook Road.

Officers arrived three minutes later and found a male dead from an apparent gunshot wound in the hallway of 4814 Old Brook Road.

The victim is described as a black male in his 30’s.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

K-9 units attempted to track a suspect while detectives canvassed the apartments and grounds in the area. Forensics detectives processed the scene.

Anyone with any information about this crime 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.

Ancarrow’s Landing Death Investigation


Richmond Police Department
E-mail Advisory            9/20/12
Ancarrow’s Landing Death Investigation

Today at approximately 4 p.m. the Richmond Police Department received a call of a person down in the parking lot of Ancarrow’s Landing.

Officers arrived and found an adult male near the Slave Trail section of the parking lot and began a death investigation.

Detectives gathered evidence and questioned those who were in the park at the time. Forensics detectives processed the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Ancarrow’s Landing, part of the James River Park System, is a boat ramp and popular fishing spot. The parking area was partially closed to accommodate the investigation but the boat ramp remained open.

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Two Women Sought in Dog Thefts

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to find two women who stole two therapy dogs from two disabled veterans.

Detectives are looking for Tess A. Fisher, 20, whose last known address was the 1100 block of West 43rd Street, and Rachel A. Steinman, 19, of the 1000 block of North 26th Street. Both are wanted on two charges each of grand larceny and obstruction of justice.

Detectives believe the two women stole the dogs—a black and tan Chihuahua named Fatty and black and white colored Jack Russell terrier named Spot—between noon and 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, from 2 E. Broad St. Both dogs serve as therapy dogs for two veterans.

The Chihuahua has since been recovered.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about these women’s whereabouts or this crime to call Detective Dale Shamburg at (804) 646-3781 or 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.




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Police Hosts Public Forum on Safety for Places of Worship


WHAT
Safety and Awareness Forum for Places of Worship

WHEN
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
Registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; forum begins at 9 a.m.

WHERE
Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road


BACKGROUND
Most residents rely on churches, synagogues, mosques and temples as places of comfort and solace. However, as events across the nation and around the world have shown, that comfort and solace can be disrupted in an instant.

“We want congregations to be prepared and vigilant in maintaining the safety of their sanctuaries,” said Captain John Hall, who leads the Community, Youth and Intervention Division. “We want to heighten their awareness of what can happen anytime, anywhere.”

The forum will cover a variety of topics to promote safety awareness for religious gathering places. Safety professionals and officers will discuss everything from building lighting and locks to the handling of money.


Congregations are invited to send no more than four representatives to the forum. The forum is free, but registration is required to accommodate all attendees. Please register at http://placesofworshipsafetyforum.eventbrite.com or contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at (804) 646-6754.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Suspect Still Sought in Southwood Parkway Homicide

Richmond Police detectives still need the public’s help to find Charles Benjamin Kirby in connection with a Southside homicide last month.

Charles B. Kirby, 24, of no fixed address, is wanted for conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the shooting death of Marcus Williams on July 17 in the 4600 block of Southwood Parkway.

Detectives believe robbery was the motive for this crime.

Kirby is described as a male with a light-brown complexion who weighs about 190 pounds and is approximately 6’1” feet tall. He may have tried to change his appearance by cutting off his long dreadlocks/braids and may now be clean shaven. Please see the photos below. He also has a tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Anyone with any information about Kirby’s whereabouts 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.



Possible Hit and Run Involving Bicycle – Information Sought


Richmond Police detectives need information from the public in the case of an injured bicyclist.

Saturday night at approximately 11:30 p.m., police were called to the 1800 block of Chamberlayne Parkway for a report of a male bicyclist injured and unconscious on the sidewalk next to his bicycle. The male, in his early 20’s, was transported to VCU Medical Center.

There was damage to the victim’s bicycle that may have been the result of a collision with an automobile.

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to call Hit and Run Sgt. John Bowman at (804) 646-1369 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.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fatal Crash on Westover Hills Boulevard

Richmond Police investigators are continuing their investigation this morning after a multi-vehicle crash killed one woman and critically injured another.

At approximately 9:53 p.m. on Thursday, officers were called to the 400 block of Westover Hills Boulevard near Crutchfield Avenue for a report of a car crash. When they arrived, they found Betty J. Hill, 64, of the 600 block of Queen Anne Drive, dead at the scene. The female driver was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Both women were in a 1998 Plymouth Breeze sedan that had been traveling north on Westover Hills Boulevard when it was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet Bravada making a left turn onto Crutchfield Street.

This investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Investigators are asking anyone with any information about this incident to call the Richmond Police Crash Team investigators at 646-1343 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.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Richmond Police Host Social Media & Law Enforcement Conference


The Richmond Police Department is proud to bring law enforcement officers from across the country and around the world to Richmond next week as the Department hosts the Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement Conference (SMILE).

The conference will be held Monday, September 10, through Wednesday, September 12, at the Omni Hotel, and include presentations about social media and law enforcement on topics such as public relations, criminal investigations and emergency management. 

“We look forward to having law enforcement authorities from around the country and around the world here in Richmond to discuss new methods of policing and community engagement,” Mayor Dwight C. Jones said. “Crime cannot be deterred by law enforcement alone as it requires the efforts of the entire community to truly make an impact. By improving the collaboration between the Richmond Police Department and city residents, we are making Richmond a safe place to live, work and play.”

Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood said he is honored the Department will host such an event.

“This conference is a great way for the Richmond Police Department to share its experiences and to learn about the many ways police agencies around the world are using social media to investigate crimes and foster great relationships within our communities,” Chief Norwood said.

Chief Norwood will discuss RPD’s social media successes during a chief’s panel on Monday, September 10, with Roanoke City Police Chief Chris Perkins and Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

Some of the other speakers and topics include:

·      FBI Assistant Director Joe Demarest will talk about combating the cyber threat when it comes to emerging trends in national security;
·      A panel featuring Richmond Police Sgt. Mike Phibbs, the city’s own Andreas Addison and others explaining how police agencies can balance community participation without being Big Brother; and,
·      Toronto Police Constable Nathan Dayler giving examples of just how essential it is for law enforcement and emergency agencies to work together and use social media during emergency management incidents, such as the London riots and the Occupy demonstrations.

Six international award winners of the ConnectedCOPS awards will also be announced on Tuesday morning. They represent the best work in law enforcement use of social media from nominations that came from eight countries.

Learn more about the conference at www.TheSmileConference.com

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

RPD Nabs Scooter Robbers


Richmond Police detectives have arrested and charged two men in connection with a robbery where the suspects escaped via scooter.

Jonathan Kaspar, 29, of the 3200 block of North Avenue, turned himself in to the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 27. He has been charged with robbery and use of a firearm.

Christopher L. Santiago, 39, of the 11300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, was arrested yesterday on Midlothian Turnpike by Third Precinct Officer Ben Frazer. Santiago has been charged with robbery.

Both men are charged in connection with the Aug. 19 robbery of the Patterson Express at 3100 Patterson Ave. They were developed as possible suspects after Officer Brian Rogers gathered pertinent information from sources.

More charges are pending as detectives continue their investigation to see if the pair are connected to the Aug. 14 robbery at the Sheppard Market, 704 N. Sheppard St., and the Aug. 19 robbery at the Cary Street Mini-Mart, 1317, W. Cary St.

Anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to call Third Precinct Detective Patrick Ripley at (804) 646-1165 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.