Thursday, October 17, 2013

RPD Statement on Dog Attack

At approximately 7:45 a.m. today, officers were called to Midlothian Turnpike and Erich Road for a report of a dog bite with injury. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and found an individual who had been bitten by one of the dogs and was pinned against a building by two large dogs.  

The man was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

Several officers then rounded up children in the area waiting at bus stops and safely got them on other buses or back home to their parents.

While waiting for Animal Care and Control to respond, the dogs continued to run in the area where children were gathering at school bus stops. At that point, the two dogs were running toward an area where children would soon be waiting for the school bus.

An officer then distracted the dogs, and at that point the dogs charged the officer. The officer then determined he could safely stop the threat and took action. He fired twice and struck both dogs, killing one of them.

The incident is being investigated by the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit and the dogs have been turned over to Animal Care and Control.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Arrests Made in 4 Robberies

Richmond and VCU Police detectives have arrested two men in connection with four downtown robberies and one attempted robbery this past weekend.

Forrell Z. Council, 18, of Henrico, and Leonard L. Bullock, 29, of the 1300 block of Jennie Scher Road, have both been charged with one count each of robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the Oct. 6 armed robbery of a man just at approximately 1 a.m. in the 00 block of South Morris Street.

Richmond and VCU Police officers spotted the suspects a short time later. VCU Police Corporal Cecil Powell recovered the weapon used while VCU Police Officer Doug Dawson and Richmond Police K-9 Officer Monty Agee captured Bullock, pictured above, after a short foot pursuit.

After further investigation by Third Precinct Detective Jack Larry and assistance from VCU Police Officers Jennifer Riemann and Doug Dawson, Council was identified and then arrested by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday.

Additional charges are pending as the men are also suspects in the below crimes:
*a man was robbed at gunpoint by two unknown males at 11:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of Colorado Avenue on Oct. 5
*a man and woman were robbed at gunpoint by two unknown males at 11:50 p.m. in the 1400 block of Colorado Avenue on Oct. 5;
*a man was robbed at gunpoint by two unknown males at 1 a.m. in the 1100 block of West Main Street on Oct. 6; and
*two males tried to rob a female at gunpoint at approximately 1 a.m. in the 1100 block of West Cary Street on Oct. 6.

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

RPD Mounted Squad to Host NAPEC; Public Invited to Watch for Free

The Richmond Police Department is proud to host the North American Police Equestrian Championships this weekend and invites the public to come out and watch the free event!

“We are grateful that NAPEC chose Richmond as the venue for this year’s event,” Chief Ray J. Tarasovic said. “It will be an honor for the Richmond Police Department, as the host, to lead the ride down Monument Avenue.”

The competition will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell. It will include different skill levels in an obstacle course as well as equitation levels.

“We are excited and proud to have law enforcement agencies from across North America here for this great conference, especially on its 30th anniversary,” Mounted Squad Sergeant John Barkley said. “We encourage everyone to come out to watch and learn about the different things a police horse can do.”

For the first time, the group will also be taking the visiting officers and their horses on a ride through the city starting at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Diamond and heading down Monument Avenue.

There will be law enforcement mounted squads from Canada, Louisiana, New York, Michigan, Minnesota and the National Park Service, among others.

For more information on the event, including sponsoring a basket of treats for the competing horses, please go to

Friday, October 4, 2013

West Broad Street Homicide

Richmond Police detectives have arrested and charged a man in connection with last night’s homicide on West Broad Street.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday, officers received a call for shots fired in a parking lot in the 500 block of West Broad Street. Officers were on scene within a minute and found Marquis J. Richardson, 18, of Chester, suffering from gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. He died at the scene.

Quintin Washington, 28, of the 3900 block of Delmont Street, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and use of firearm in commission of a felony.

Detectives believe an argument between the pair, who knew each other, was the motive for the shooting.

They are still in the early stages of the investigation and ask 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. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Suspects Sought in Weekend 7-Eleven Robbery

October 1, 2013

Suspects Sought in Weekend 7-Eleven Robbery

The Richmond Police Department needs the public’s help to identify the two men shown in surveillance video who are wanted in connection to the robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store this weekend.

At approximately 3:42 a.m. on Sunday, September 29, an employee reported two masked, unknown males robbed him at gunpoint in the store at 4601 W. Broad St.

The suspects can be seen in the surveillance video as they entered the store. They robbed the store of cash and fled on foot westbound on West Broad Street.

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