Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spotting the Trend, RPD Makes Arrest Within Seconds

After a delivery driver was shot and robbed last night, Second Precinct detectives arrested the men responsible before the victim even had a chance to call 911.

So how’d they do that?

Good detective work, partnering with other Department officers and recognizing a crime trend at the very start all played a factor.

“I’m very proud of these officers and detectives. They know their community and worked well together to identify the suspects and then patrol the areas where they predicted they would be to catch them. And they did,” Second Precinct Capt. Harvey Powers said.

“I think this says to criminals that you never know whether that car that drives by is an undercover police officer.”

The robbery occurred just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when the victim, a 59-year-old male, was delivering food to a home in the 800 block of Newkirk Drive when he was approached by two unknown males. The robbers assaulted and robbed the victim at gunpoint and fled in a vehicle.

Detectives were already in the area, figured out what was going on and arrested the robbers within seconds.

Arrested and charged with robbery was:

*Andryly Brito, 19, of the 800 block of Woodhaven Drive, and

*Shaquille R. Liggins, 19, of the 600 block of Shelby Drive.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Southlawn Avenue Homicide Investigation

Richmond Police detectives have made an arrest in the city’s first homicide of 2013.

Just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, officers responded to a residence in the 1800 block of Southlawn Avenue for a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived, they found the victim—Elbert D. Lynch, 32, of the 2300 block of Deforrest Court—suffering from life-threatening stab wounds.

He was taken to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries early this morning.

His girlfriend, Jamora E. Williams, 29, of the 1800 block of Southlawn Avenue, was initially arrested and charged with malicious wounding. That charge is expected to be upgraded.

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

Monday, January 14, 2013

Whitcomb Street Shooting Update

Richmond Police Department
Whitcomb Street Shooting Update

Richmond Police detectives are investigating an accidental shooting that occurred yesterday in the 2300 block of Whitcomb Street.

At approximately 11:20 a.m., officers were called to the location and found a male suffering from a gunshot wound in the residence. He was rushed to VCU Medical Center with injuries that were considered life threatening. There is no update on his condition.

The victim is a black male in his 50’s.

At this time detectives believe a juvenile relative in the man’s home accidentally shot the victim. Detectives are still investigating the incident.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Tips Sought in Marlowe Road Shooting

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the men responsible in a recent shooting on Marlowe Road.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, two men approached the victim as he sat in his vehicle in the 6900 block of Marlowe Road and asked for money. When the victim refused, both men shot into the vehicle.

The 60-year-old male victim suffered several injuries, but was able to drive himself to the hospital and is now in stable condition.

Both suspects are described as black males, one of whom may be 20 to 25 years old with short hair on his chin. The men were last seen getting into a silver or grey Volvo station wagon with a ski or bike rack on the roof, like the vehicle pictured below.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Christina Southall at (804) 646-6795 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Scam Targeting Dominion Virginia Power Business Customers

Richmond Police detectives would like to warn area business owners about a scam targeting Dominion Virginia Power business customers.

Detectives are currently investigating at least two incidents on Jan. 4 and Jan. 7 of a man calling a city business, pretending to be a Dominion employee and threatening to cut off power to the business if a certain amount isn’t paid quickly. The scammer tells the business that the account either hasn’t been paid or that there are additional fees on the account.

If you receive one of these phone calls, detectives recommend that customers contact Dominion Virginia Power via a landline phone on one of the agency’s official phone numbers before taking any action.

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of such a crime or anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective Todd Perseghin at (804) 646-3103 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously by texting 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Albert Hill Middle School Incident

At approximately 8:13 a.m. today, Richmond Police received a call from a citizen that there was an armed man near the intersection of Thompson and West Broad streets.

Officers arrived within a minute, investigated and found the complaint unfounded.

At approximately 11 a.m., the Department’s Division of Emergency Communications Center began receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens about an alleged armed person near Albert Hill Middle School at 3400 Patterson Ave.

Officers responded to the school and quickly discovered the calls were in relation to the earlier unfounded complaint, and not a separate incident.