Sunday, February 28, 2016

Missing Man Sought


February 28, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Terry L. Higgins. His photo is attached.

Higgins, 59, was last seen yesterday at his residence in the 3800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. He has difficulty communicating and is believed to be endangered.

Higgins is described as a white male with gray hair and brown eyes, 5-foot, 8-inches tall, weighing approximately 232 pounds. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and gray sweatpants when he was last seen.

Anyone who sees Terry Higgins or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 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.
 
 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Richmond Man Arrested in Arson and Attempted Murder


February 27, 2016

A Richmond man was arrested this morning in connection with an arson that occurred last summer on Clarkson Road.

Brandon S. Brown, 22, of the 3200 block of Logandale Avenue, has been charged with arson and attempted murder. His booking photo will be released when it becomes available.

At approximately 8:32 p.m. on August 9, the Richmond Fire Department responded to a call in the 1400 block of Clarkson Road, and found a fire burning inside an apartment. Officers from the Richmond Police Department responded to assist.

Investigation revealed that Brown reportedly set the fire inside the home after locking a woman inside another room of the apartment. The woman managed to escape the building uninjured.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Fire Investigator Andre Roberts at 804-646-6814 or 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, February 26, 2016

Arrest Made in Chamberlayne Avenue Homicide


February 26, 2016

A Henrico man wanted in connection with the murder of Nathaniel Bullock surrendered to authorities this morning at the Richmond Justice Center.

Miquel D. Olivis, 24, of the 400 block of Newbridge Terrace in Henrico County, was arrested without incident and charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Both charges are felonies. His photo is attached.

Richmond Police detectives thank the community for the numerous tips and information provided which led to this arrest, and the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force for its assistance in the search for Olivis.

At approximately 7:12 a.m. on February 22, officers were called to an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for a report of a man down. They found Nathaniel A. Bullock, 26, of the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue lying in the parking lot. He had been shot in the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:41 a.m.

Witnesses said they heard a loud argument followed by gunfire. There is no connection between this homicide and the double homicide that occurred on February 20 in the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

Detectives ask anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Jeffrey Crewell at (804) 646-5324.

Citizens can contact Crime Stoppers by calling 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip. Submit tips about persons in possession of illegally-held guns by using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
 
                      Miquel D. Olivis
 

Missing Man Sought


February 26, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Willis E. Harris, who was reported missing yesterday. His photo is attached.

Harris, 81, wandered away from his home in the 2900 block of Decatur Street. He suffers from several health conditions and may appear confused.  

Harris is described as a black male with gray hair, 5-foot, 4-inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown hat, brown corduroy pants, a golf sweater and a gray coat with fur.

Anyone with information about Willis Harris is asked to call Major Crimes Detective William Thompson at 646-3925 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, February 25, 2016

Suspect Wanted in Chamberlayne Avenue Homicide


February 25, 2016

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a man wanted for the murder of Nathaniel Bullock last Monday morning in the Ginter Park neighborhood.

Miquel D. Olivis, 24, of Henrico, is described as a black male, who is 5-foot-10-inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Olivis is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in Richmond. He also has outstanding warrants from Henrico County.

Olivis is considered armed and dangerous. Detectives urge citizens to call 911 if they see him and stress that he should not be approached.

At approximately 7:12 a.m., officers were called to an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for a report of a man down. They found Nathaniel A. Bullock, 26, of the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue lying in the parking lot. He had been shot in the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:41 a.m.

Witnesses said they heard a loud argument followed by gunfire. There is no connection between this homicide and the double homicide that occurred on February 20 in the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

Detectives ask anyone who sees this individual to call 911. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Jeffrey Crewell at (804) 646-5324.

Citizens can contact Crime Stoppers by calling 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip. Submit tips about persons in possession of illegally-held guns by using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
 
                      Miquel D. Olivis

RPD to Discuss 2016 Homicides and Domestic Violence


February 24, 2016

WHAT:                        Chief Durham to Address 2016 Homicides and Domestic Violence


WHEN:                         3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016

WHERE:                       RPD Headquarters, 200 W. Grace St., Richmond

BACKGROUND:            Chief Alfred Durham and representatives from the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the YWCA of Richmond will speak on 2016 homicides, specifically those resulting from domestic violence. 
 
                                        Information about these cases and their ties to domestic violence will be shared. Officials will also discuss a new, proactive approach officers responding to domestic violence calls will pursue going forward in an effort to connect victims with resources.
 
                                       The media and the general public are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Suspect Sought in Tampering with Auto


February 23, 2016

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photo who was seen rifling through a parked vehicle last week on the city’s south side.

The victim reported that shortly before 10 p.m. on February 16 a man was seen going through the interior of her car, which was parked in the 1200 block of West 47th Street. A friend of the victim confronted the man, who began to walk away through an alley toward West 46th Street. Nothing was taken from the vehicle.

The suspect is described as approximately 6-feet tall and weighing 185 pounds. He wore a black jacket with a gray hoodie underneath, dark pants and a black ski mask covering the lower half of his face.  This individual is a potential person of interest in several thefts from vehicles and motor vehicle thefts in the Forest Hills and Westover Hills areas.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Third Precinct Detectives Harry Brown at (804) 646-1109 or Ryan Nixon at (804) 646-1165. 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 Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Suspect Arrested in Chamberlayne Avenue Double Homicide


February 23, 2016

A Richmond man wanted in connection with a double homicide that occurred last Saturday on Chamberlayne Avenue has been arrested.

Dennis Moore, 36, of the 1900 block of Accommodation Street, was arrested today and charged with breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both charges are felonies. He turned himself in this afternoon at Richmond Police Headquarters. His booking photo will be released when it is available.

Around 3:05 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, officers were called to an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for a report of a man down. In an interior hallway, they found the body of Cory J. Holmes, 40, of the 1300 block of Coalter St. He had been shot multiple times.

Inside a nearby apartment, they found a female, Marquetta Y. Harris, 39, of the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Ave., who had been shot multiple times. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died. They also found a pre-school age child in the apartment who was uninjured.

This incident is not believed to share any direct connection with a homicide that occurred this morning in the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

Detectives ask anyone with additional information about this case to call Major Crimes Detective Conrad Simms at (804) 646-0712 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Suspect Wanted in Chamberlayne Avenue Double Homicide


February 22, 2016

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in a double homicide that occurred last Saturday on Chamberlayne Avenue.

Dennis Moore, 36, is a 6-foot, 3-inch tall, dark-skinned black male, weighing approximately 175 pounds. He is known to frequent the area of Mosby Court. His known aliases include “Joe” and “Black”.

Moore is believed to be armed and dangerous. Detectives urge citizens to call 911 if they see him, and stress that he should not be approached.

Around 3:05 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, officers were called to an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for a report of a man down. In an interior hallway, they found the body of Cory J. Holmes, 40, of the 1300 block of Coalter St. He had been shot multiple times.

Inside a nearby apartment, they found a female, Marquetta Y. Harris, 39, of the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Ave., who had been shot multiple times. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died. They also found a pre-school age child in the apartment who was uninjured.

This incident is not believed to share any direct connection with a homicide that occurred this morning in the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. Detectives are pursuing all available leads and continue to gather additional information as part of this ongoing investigation.

Detectives ask anyone who sees this individual to call 911. Anyone with additional information about this case can contact Major Crimes Detective Conrad Simms at (804) 646-0712 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
 
 
                    Dennis Moore

Monday, February 22, 2016

Chamberlayne Avenue Homicide


February 22, 2016

Richmond Police detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred this morning on the city’s north side.

At approximately 7:12 a.m., RPD officers were called to an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for a report of a man down. They found Nathaniel A. Bullock, 26, of the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, lying in the parking lot. He had been shot in the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:41 a.m.

RPD detectives have spoken to witnesses who say they heard a loud argument followed by several gunshots. They don’t believe there is any direct connection between this morning’s homicide and the double homicide that occurred two days earlier, a block away, in the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

They ask anyone with information to call Major Crimes Detective Jeffrey Crewell, (804) 646-5324 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Suspect Sought in Theft of Cash, Tequila


February 22, 2016

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photos who broke into a restaurant and stole cash and tequila this month.

At approximately 6 a.m. on Monday, February 15, the man in the photos entered The Camel restaurant and music venue, located at 1621 W. Broad St., from a rear door. He stole cash and several bottles of liquor, including PatrĂ³n tequila.

The suspect is described as a black male with a large build and a mustache. He wore a knit cap and a hooded sweatshirt.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Third Precinct Detective Gregory Sullivan at (804) 646-1950 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.
 


 

Pedestrian Fatality, Hit & Run


February 21, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a deadly hit and run that occurred yesterday afternoon on the city’s south side.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Saturday, February 20, Christopher A. Griffin, 55, of the 2000 block of Riverside Drive was attempting to cross Semmes Avenue southbound near the intersection with Cowardin Avenue when he was struck and killed. The incident occurred in the 1900 block of Semmes Avenue about 300 feet west of the intersection.

The vehicle that struck him, an Audi TT convertible travelling eastbound, continued on without stopping. It was later located in the 2800 block of East Leigh Street. The owner/driver of the vehicle was arrested.

John B. Spence, 65, of the 2800 block of East Leigh Street has been charged with Felony Hit and Run. RPD investigators are consulting with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and other charges are expected to be filed.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call RPD Crash Team Officer Roderick Rose at (804) 646-1343 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

               John B. Spence

Chamberlayne Ave. Double Homicide


February 20, 2016

Richmond Police detectives are investigating a double homicide that occurred overnight on the city’s north side.

At approximately 3:05 a.m., RPD officers were called to an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for a report of a man down. In an interior hallway, they found the body of Cory J. Holmes, 40, of the 1300 block of Coalter St. He had been shot multiple times.

Inside a nearby apartment they found a female, Marquetta Y. Harris, 39, of the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Ave., who had been shot multiple times. She was transported to a local hospital where she died late this morning. They also found a pre-school age child in the apartment who was uninjured.

Detectives are following strong leads in this case, but they ask anyone with information to call Major Crimes Detective Conrad Simms at (804) 646-0712 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Friday, February 19, 2016

RPD to Promote Fourteen Officers from within its Ranks

February 18, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is pleased to announce the promotions of 14 officers to the ranks of deputy chief, major, captain, lieutenant and sergeant at 10 a.m. tomorrow, February 19 at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road.

Major Dwight C. Jones will join Chief Alfred Durham for the promotion of one new deputy chief, two new majors, three new captains, four new lieutenants and four new sergeants. Between them, these officers have more than 250 years of experience with the Richmond Police Department.

Promoted to the rank of deputy chief is:

1.     Steve Drew

Being promoted to the rank of major are:

1.     Darrell Goins

2.     Roger Russell

Being promoted to the rank of captain are:

1.     William Blackwell

2.     Greer Gould

3.     Daniel Minton

Being promoted to the rank of lieutenant are:

1.     William Brereton

2.     Harold Giles

3.     Ken Roane

4.     Bill Woo 

Being promoted to the rank of sergeant are:

1.     Bruce Gochenour

2.     Stacy Rogers

3.     Brian Sheridan

4.     Michael Stinger

The public and media are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Missing Man Sought


February 17, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man who has been missing for one week, Eric L. Bambacus. His photo is attached.

Bambacus, 55, was last seen on Wednesday, February 10, after walking away from the Chamberlayne Assisted Living Facility in the 3200 block of  Chamberlayne Avenue. He is described as white male, 5’-8” tall, weighing about 190 pounds with brown/grey hair and mustache.

He has been known to wander Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield and take refuge in abandoned buildings.

Anyone with information about Eric Bambacus is asked to call Major Crimes Detective William Thompson at 646-3925 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.
 
 

Arrest Made in Homicide of Child

February 17, 2016

Arrest Made in Homicide of Child

Richmond Police detectives have charged a woman as a result of a homicide investigation involving a three-year-old girl.

At approximately 4:38 a.m. on Monday, February 15, officers were called by the Richmond Ambulance Authority to the 3900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for a call of a child who was unconscious but breathing.  The child, Latrice Walden, 3, of the 5800 block of Orcutt Lane, died from her injuries after being transported to a local hospital.

Detectives from the Major Crimes unit responded to investigate the suspicious death and charged Danielle L. Turner, 24, of the 3900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, with felony child neglect.  Additional charges are pending in connection to the death of Walden. Her photo is below.


Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Anthony Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

               Danielle L. Turner


Additional Assistance Sought in Illusions Night Club Homicide

February 17, 2016

A Richmond man has been indicted on multiple charges in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on January 18 at the Illusions Night Club. Richmond Police detectives are now appealing to the public for additional information from the night of the homicide.

Trevell A. Harvey, 27, of the 2400 block of Third Avenue, was arrested January 19 in a joint effort by Henrico County Police and the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force. On January 27, he was indicted by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury and charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His photo is attached.

“There were hundreds of people in the club that night,” said Major Crimes Detective Jamie Baynes. “If anyone who was there saw the shooting or recorded any images from the club, please contact me as any additional pieces of information could assist in the investigation.”

At approximately 1:00 a.m., shots were fired inside the club located in the 6300 block of Midlothian Turnpike. Several RPD officers, who were working off-duty there, entered the club and discovered the body of Jerquell Cheatham, 21, of the 700 block of Everett Street. He had been shot.

Officers identified two others who were injured – a male with a gunshot wound, and a female who had been struck by a car in the club parking lot. Both persons were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Jamie Baynes at (804) 646-3617 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

                 Trevell A. Harvey

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Motorists in Fatal Collision Identified

February 16, 2016

The Richmond Police Department has identified the two victims in Sunday’s fatal collision as Felipe Estebar, 28, of the 1700 block of Clarkson Road and Albino Velazquez-Perez, 30, of the 1500 block of Clarkson Road.

At approximately 5:13 p.m., Estebar was operating a Honda Civic westbound on Clarkson Road through the intersection with Warwick Road when it was struck by a Ford Expedition that was traveling northbound on Warwick Road.

Velazquez-Perez was pronounced dead at the scene. Estebar was transported to a local hospital where he died.

The two occupants of the Expedition were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Warwick Road has the right-of-way at that intersection. The Richmond Police Department Crash Team is still investigating and is in consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.


Detectives ask anyone with any information to call Crash Team Sergeant Scott Jones at 646-1369 or 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, February 12, 2016

Triple Shooting Investigation


February 12, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is investigating the shooting of three juvenile males that occurred yesterday evening.

Thursday at approximately 6:04 p.m., officers were called to the intersection of East 13th and Decatur streets for the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived in the area and on East 13th Street found a victim who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital with an injury that was not considered life threatening.

Other officers found two other victims of apparent gunshot wounds in the 1900 block of Albany Avenue. The victims were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

The males reported they were walking in the 200 block of East 18th Street when a red sedan pulled up and a passenger fired shots at them. The vehicle drove from the area towards Jefferson Davis Highway.

Detectives are investigating and have very strong leads in this case. Detectives do not believe the incident was random.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip.  Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thorndale Lane Homicide and Death Investigation


February 10, 2016

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victims from last night’s double shooting on Thorndale Lane.

At approximately 9:52 p.m., officers were called to 5748 Thorndale Lane for a report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located two males in the residence that were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

The homicide victim, Veka “Shawn” Chham, 30, of the 300 block of South Dearing Avenue, Fresno, California, was located in an upstairs room. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.

The other male, Akeem J. Williams, 30, of the 300 block of East 11th Street, Richmond, was found dead on the first floor of the building.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of the deaths.

Detectives are investigating this incident as being possibly drug-related. The investigation continues. Detectives have initially categorized it a homicide (Chham) and a death investigation (Williams). Detectives are collecting evidence and speaking to neighbors and are working strong leads in this case.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call Major Crimes Detective Jon Bridges at (804) 646-4494 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.

Suspect Sought in Cash Register Larceny


February 10, 2016

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photos who took money from a cash register last week.

At approximately 10:57 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, the man in the photos stood in the checkout line at the Martin’s Food Market, located at 3522 West Cary Street. When the customer in front of him paid and the employee opened the register, the suspect reached into the open drawer and took cash. He was seen leaving the area on foot towards Ellwood Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black male, 40-50 years of age, 5’8” tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. He is bald with a grey goatee.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Third Precinct Detective William Cutshall at (804) 646-1068 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, February 4, 2016

RPD to Host Community Job Fairs


February 4, 2016

The Richmond Police Department will host four Community Job Fairs at locations
across the city over the next two months and invites citizens seeking employment to
attend.

Job seekers will be able to attend seminars, get help writing a resume, and meet with potential employers from the Richmond area. The Richmond Police Department, Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), Virginia Department of Corrections, Sunoco and Puritan Cleaners are among the employers attending. Computers will be available on site so job seekers can apply for jobs electronically.

Job fair dates and locations are as follows.

February 5, 2016
Hotchkiss Community Center
701 E. Brookland Park Boulevard

February 19, 2016
Bellemeade Community Center
1800 Lynhaven Avenue

March 4, 2016
Powhatan Community Center
5051 Northampton Street

March 18, 2016
Carillon Bell Tower at Byrd Park
600 S. Boulevard

All job fair events are free and open to the public. Employers interested in participating are encouraged to contact Sergeant Carol Adams at 804-646-4069 or email rpdcares@richmondgov.com.

Homicide-Suicide Investigation


February 4, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide-suicide that was discovered following a report of a person down yesterday morning.

At approximately 7:57 a.m. on February 3, officers responded to the 1300 block of East Cary Street where they found Richard Burton, 58, of the 1800 block of Heckler Street in Henrico County, suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death suicide.

Investigation of that incident led detectives to conduct a welfare check on Mr. Burton’s girlfriend. At 6:24 p.m. yesterday, officers responded to the residence in the 2400 block of Burton Street. Inside they located the body of Velda L. Garner, 57, of the 2400 block of Burton Street, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Arcellious Demery at (804) 646-5999 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers online at www.7801000.com or text 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Victim of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike Shooting Dies


February 2, 2016

The victim of a late-January shooting in the Brookland Park neighborhood has died, and the incident is now being investigated as a homicide.

At approximately 10:12 p.m. on January 27, officers responded to a call for random gunfire in the 3100 block of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. When they arrived, officers quickly located Ericelle C. Coleman, 27, of the 3000 block of Moss Side Avenue, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital late Monday night.

Major Crimes detectives are working all available leads in this case and continue to gather additional information as part of the ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Conrad Simms at (804) 646-0712 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers online at www.7801000.com or text 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Monday, February 1, 2016

RPD to Introduce Body-Worn Cameras


February 1, 2016

WHAT:                        Mayor Jones and Chief Durham Address RPD Body-Worn Cameras
WHEN:                        10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WHERE:                      RPD Headquarters, 200 W. Grace Street

BACKGROUND:          Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Chief Alfred Durham will introduce body-worn cameras within the Richmond Police Department this week. 

The pilot phase and eventual roll-out to all patrol officers as well as officer training on both types of Taser brand cameras acquired by the Department will be discussed. A demonstration of body-worn camera operations will also be conducted.

The media and the general public are encouraged to attend.

February 1, 2016

Suspect Sought in In & Out Food Store Robbery

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photo who robbed the In & Out Food Store last week.

At approximately 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, a male walked into the In & Out Food Store, located at 1017 Jefferson Davis Highway, brandished a gun, stole cash from the business and fled on foot towards Gordon Avenue. The suspect also approached the store from the direction of Gordon Avenue.

There were no injuries.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20-28 years of age, approximately 5’9” and weighing approximately 175 pounds. He wore a blue hooded jacket and blue jeans. He had his face partially covered.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call First Precinct Detective Gaetano Drago at (804) 646-3395 or (804) 510-4182 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.