Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Arrests Made in Recent Robberies

Richmond and VCU Police detectives have identified and arrested five individuals in connection with four downtown robberies in the past week.

After two men were held against their will and robbed at gunpoint at approximately 5:30 a.m. yesterday in the 500 block of West Franklin Street, VCU Police officers received information about a possible suspect.

Last night, VCU Police Officer Chelsey Cocke identified and detained the suspect while further investigation by Richmond Police Fourth Precinct Detectives Patrick Mansfield and John Walker, they charged the man with one count each of robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Additional charges are pending and his name and mugshot will be released later tonight.

Arrests have also been made in reference to the armed robbery of two men on Sept. 17 in the 500 block of North Lombardy Street, the robbery of a man in the 1600 block of Grove Avenue that same evening and another man in the 1300 block of West Cary Street early the next morning.

Third Precinct Detective Jack Larry and Fourth Precinct Detective Mark Godwin are continuing their investigations into these crimes and more information will be released when it’s available.

Officers would like to thank the community for sharing information that has helped identify and arrest these individuals.

Anyone with any information about any 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 methods are anonymous.