Thursday, May 18, 2017

Officer Involved Fatal Shooting – Officer Identified


May 18, 2017
The Richmond Police Department officer who was involved in the fatal shooting earlier this week of Jaison Fitzgerald, 29, of the 1900 block of Accommodation Street has been identified as Officer Cleophas Williams.

“I am saddened by the fact that the Richmond Police Department is having to investigate a case like this one,” said RPD Chief Alfred Durham. “Using lethal force is one of the most difficult decisions a police officer must make in the line of duty. My thoughts are with Officer Williams, Jaison Fitzgerald and their families.”
The shooting occurred shortly after 6 p.m., Monday, May 15 during a traffic stop in the 3800 block of Lynnhaven Avenue.

Officer Williams was not wearing a body-worn camera
. The RPD has been unable to locate any video of the shooting, either from other officers or bystanders.


“It has been my policy to release the names of officers involved in fatal shootings. I have done it in the past,” said Chief Durham. “But, we must first assess the situation and determine the possibility of retaliation. We have completed that portion of the investigation which is why I am releasing Officer Williams’ name at this time.”
Officer Williams is a two year veteran of the force. He remains on administrative leave.

The Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT), comprised of Major Crimes Division detectives, are investigating the fatal shooting of Fitzgerald and will present their findings to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review and a finding.


RPD detectives have spoken to several residents of the neighborhood and ask anyone who may have seen, heard or took of video of the incident to contact Detective W. Thompson at (804) 646-3925 or by calling Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “iTip” followed by your tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Victim Identified in Stockton Street Homicide


May 17, 2017
The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim in last night’s shooting in Manchester as Jaquan A. Harris, 25, of the 700 block of Stockton Street.

Last night at approximately 11:02 p.m., officers responded to the apartment building at 700 Stockton Street for the report of a person shot. Officers arrived and found Harris down and unresponsive in the fourth floor hallway suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The Richmond Ambulance Authority pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

The Department is investigating this incident as a homicide.

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Gouldman at (804) 646-3915 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

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RPD Ceremony Recognizes Lives Lost in Line of Duty

May 17, 2017

WHAT:                       Richmond Police Memorial Service
WHEN:                       7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WHERE:                     Richmond Police Memorial Statue, William Byrd Park (Blanton Avenue and Trafford Road)
BACKGROUND:         Each year law enforcement agencies across the country honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty during National Police Week. This year’s observance is May 15 - 19.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held this evening at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Police memorial statue located at William Byrd Park.


The Richmond Police Department will pay homage to the city’s fallen officers and also remember those who served in the Department and passed away in 2016 and to-date in 2017.


Speakers will include Chief Alfred Durham and retired Richmond Police Officer and Police Memorial Committee Chairman Glenwood Burley.


Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

Stockton Street Death Investigation


May 17, 2017
The Richmond Police Department is conducting a death investigation as a result of a shooting that occurred in an apartment building on Stockton Street.

Last night at approximately 11:02 p.m., officers responded to 700 Stockton Street for the report of a person shot. Officers arrived and found a male down and unresponsive in the fourth floor hallway suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The Richmond Ambulance Authority pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

First Precinct officers, Major Crimes detectives and Forensics detectives are investigating, conducting interviews and collecting evidence.

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Gouldman at (804) 646-3915 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Richmond Police Memorial Honors Sacrifices of Fallen

May 16, 2017

WHAT:                       Richmond Police Memorial Service
WHEN:                       10 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

BACKGROUND:        
Each year law enforcement agencies across the country honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty during National Police Week. This year’s observance is May 15 - 19.

Chief Alfred Durham and the Richmond Police Department will pay homage to Richmond’s fallen officers and also remember those who served the Department and passed away in 2016 and to-date in 2017.


During the ceremony, all surviving family members of fallen officers will be given a blue boutonniere.


Special guests include Mayor Levar Stoney, Chief Administrative Officer Selena Cuffey-Glenn, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden, and Councilmembers Parker Agelasto, Michael Jones and Kristen Larson. High school participants of the Richmond
Technical Center’s criminal justice program will also be in attendance.

A brief wreath-laying ceremony will be held later in the evening at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Police Memorial Statue located at William Byrd Park.


Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

Lynnhaven Avenue Officer Involved Shooting


May 16, 2017
During a traffic stop shortly after 6:00 p.m., Monday, May 15, in the 3800 block of Lynnhaven Avenue, a Richmond Police officer fatally shot the driver of the vehicle, Jaison Fitzgerald, 29, of the 1900 block of Accommodation Street.

Fitzgerald was being sought on several warrants, including Attempted Murder, in connection with a domestic dispute with a female companion and her family. The most recent encounter had occurred earlier that day, at approximately 1:40 p.m. in the 1300 block of Armfield Road, during which it was reported Fitzgerald had shot at a family member of the woman.
The Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT), comprised of Major Crimes Division detectives, are investigating the fatal shooting of Fitzgerald and will present their findings to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review.

They have spoken to several residents of the neighborhood and ask anyone who may have seen, heard or videotaped the incident to contact Detective W. Thompson at (804) 646-3925 or by calling Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “iTip” followed by your tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

 The RPD officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay while the investigation is being conducted.

Fitzgerald was the only occupant of the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A weapon was recovered at the scene.

Arrest Made in Midlothian Village Double Homicide


May 15, 2017
The Richmond Police Department has made an arrest related to the double homicide in Midlothian Village which occurred last month.

Last week, Jarmaine T. Free, 21, of the 6000 block of Salem Street, was indicted on charges of murder (x2), use of a firearm in commission of a felony (x2) and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Free was already in custody on an unrelated charge. His booking photo is attached.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, police responded to the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike for a report of a person down. Shortly afterward, the call was upgraded to two persons shot.
When officers arrived, they located Kejuan L. Goode, 18, and Terrell D. Thomas, 20, both of the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike, inside of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective K. Hughes at (804) 646-3917 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Officer Involved Shooting


May 14, 2017

Last night at approximately 10:55 p.m., officers were called to a residence in the 3800 block of Cheverly Road for the report of disorderly person. The caller stated a male was threatening to shoot another male.

Officers arrived and encountered a male on a porch of a residence. During the encounter, the three patrol officers at the scene discharged their service weapons. There were no injuries, no arrests have been made at this time, and two firearms were recovered at the scene.

A full inquiry is underway, which will include the Force Investigation Team and continued consultation with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

Pedestrian Identified in Chamberlayne Avenue Fatality


May 13, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed last night on Chamberlayne Avenue as Donald C. Cordell, 55, of the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

At approximately 10:25 p.m., a vehicle was travelling south in the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue when Cordell ran across the roadway. The vehicle, in the right travel lane, struck Cordell. The vehicle came to an immediate stop but was then struck by a vehicle from the rear in the same lane.

Both drivers remained on scene.

Cordell was transported to a local hospital where, this morning, he succumbed to his injuries.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene where they took measurements and interviewed the drivers. No charges are expected at this time.

Investigators ask anyone with any information to call Crash Team Investigator Roderick Rose at 646-1665 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip online at www.7801000.com or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Suspect Sought in West Broad Street Stabbing


May 12, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photos who is a person of interest in a stabbing incident last month.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Friday, April 14, officers were called to the 1600 block of West Broad Street for the report of a person stabbed. Officers arrived and found a female in a business who had been stabbed by an unknown male who then fled the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-28 years old, 5’8”-5’10” tall, with a slim build and short hair. Detectives believe he may frequent the area near North Lombardy and West Broad streets.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect to call Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or (804) 510-4209 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip.




Suspect Sought in Jefferson Davis Corridor Breaking and Entering


May 12, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photo who is believed to have broken into a business along the Jefferson Davis corridor last month.

In April, officers were called to a business in the 4600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway for the report of a breaking and entering. Officers and detectives arrived and found the business had been broken into and several items taken.

Detectives believe the male in the photo, wearing the black North Face jacket, is a suspect in the burglary.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect to call Second Precinct Detective Derrick Longoria at (804) 646-8171 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip.
 
 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bike for the Blue Remembers Fallen Officers

May 11, 2017
WHAT:                        Bike for the Blue Memorial Ride
WHEN:                       5:30 a.m., Saturday May 13

WHERE:
                    State Capitol


BACKGROUND:  
As part of National Police Week, over 20 members of the Richmond Police Department join others in law enforcement to pedal in a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. in honor of officers who have died in the line of duty.


A contingent of over 100 officers representing jurisdictions from Virginia and federal law enforcement agencies will participate.


“We organize this ride every year to honor those who lost their lives protecting the citizens and making the communities safer,” said Richmond Police Sergeant Anthony Papaleo. “This year is particularly special because the Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society will be the featured pipes and drums performers during Saturday evening’s candlelight vigil at the National Mall.”


Bike for the Blue participants will ride 110 miles on Route 1 to the nation’s capital to meet their colleagues from across the country for the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony. Richmond Police will remember 29 RPD officers who have given their lives for the city as the Department participates for the 22nd year.


Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Missing Man Sought


May 3, 2017
The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man, Jahad Ahi Chapman, 32, of the 700 block of Stockton Street.

Chapman has not been seen by his friends or family since Friday, April 28th, when he left his apartment to go out for the evening. His phone has been cut off and he was in process of moving out of his apartment.
Detectives do not suspect foul play at this point, but they would like to reunite him with his family.

Chapman is described as a black male, 5’7” tall, weighing 165 pounds with tattoos on his body, neck, face and hands.
Anyone who has seen Jahad Ahi Chapman is asked to call RPD Detective Jay Brissette at (804) 337-4724 or the Department of Emergency Communications at (804) 646-5100.

         Jahad Ahi Chapman
 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Suspect Sought in Theft from Motor Vehicle and Credit Card Fraud in Forest Hill


May 3, 2017
Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the photos who is believed to be a suspect in a theft from a motor vehicle and credit card fraud in the Forest Hill neighborhood.

Between 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, an adult male entered a vehicle in the 6200 block of Forest Hill Avenue and took cash and several credit cards. He then used those credit cards at a GameStop and CVS Pharmacy located in the 7100 block of Forest Hill Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion and an average build. He has a dark goatee, possibly in his late-20s to late-30s, and approximately 5’9” to 5’11 tall. At the time, he was wearing a white shirt underneath a dark button down coat, olive green pants, black and white or metallic sneakers and an Oakland Raiders baseball hat.
Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Third Precinct Detective Eric Sandlin at (804) 646-1010 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.


 



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Suspects Sought in Barton Heights Shooting


May 2, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspects and provide information about the shooting which occurred yesterday in the Barton Heights neighborhood.


At approximately 5:19 p.m. yesterday, multiple police units responded to the Norrell Elementary School Annex at 201 W. Graham Road for an active shooter situation. It was reported that three suspects forced entry into the building and were possibly still on-scene. When units arrived, they quickly set a perimeter and cleared the building.

While the suspects were not located, four individuals were found inside of the building. One of the individuals was found suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released. No other injuries were reported.

The suspects are described as:

·         Suspect 1: Black male with a dark complexion, short hair and no facial hair. He is approximately 5’2”, and in his early-to-mid teens. He was wearing a red bandana covering his face from his eyes to his chin, blue jeans, and a short sleeve shirt.

·         Suspect 2: Black male with a dark complexion, short hair and no facial hair. He is approximately 5’6”, and in his early-to-mid teens. He was wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

·         Suspect 3: Black male in his early-to-mid teens.
The suspects were last seen running southbound in the alley between Miller and Greenwood Avenues.
During the investigation, a red Metropack backback (Photos attached) was found on the premises. Police are asking anyone who may have seen this backpack to please speak with detectives.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Major Crimes Detective M. Smith at (804) 646-8171 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 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.



 

Community Walk in the Eastview Neighborhood

May 2, 2017

WHAT:                       Richmond Police Department Community Walk


WHEN:                      5:30 p.m. Today, May 2, 2017

WHERE:                    1907 Mechanicsville Tnpk., rear parking lot of Community Market

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham, First Precinct Sector 113 Lt. Michael Alston and other Richmond Police Department officers will participate in a walk through Richmond’s Eastview neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. today. During the walk, RPD officers will speak with community members about safety concerns they may have and what they would like to see from the Richmond Police Department.

Sector 113 Lt. Alston
said the Eastview neighborhood has seen an uptick in property crimes, particularly motor vehicle theft and theft from motor vehicles.

There were 87 motor vehicle thefts last year compared to 24 this year in Sector 113,” Lt. Alston said. “Six of the 24 vehicles stolen were in the Eastview neighborhood. We are beginning to see a trend of stolen vehicles used in violent crimes.”

“During this community walk, we will go door-to-door and speak with residents and discuss ways to help prevent motor vehicle theft and theft from motor vehicles.”


This event is the latest in a series of walks conducted by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city.


Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Arrest Made in Carytown and Willow Lawn Robberies


May 1, 2017
The Richmond Police Department has made an arrest related to two robberies which occurred last week in Carytown and Willow Lawn.

The suspect, Andrew S. Falk, 30, of the 800 block of North Boulevard, was charged with robbery (x2). Falk is also a person of interest in a robbery which occurred in Henrico County on April 17. A Richmond City booking photo is attached.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, the suspect entered the Petco animal supplies store at 10 N. Nansemond St. and gave the cashier a note demanding money from the cash drawer. He fled store on foot, entered a green Honda, and drove eastbound on Floyd Avenue.
The next day, around 2:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo at 4901 West Broad Street, the suspect entered the bank, approached the customer service desk, handed the teller a note and softly said, “Cooperate with me. I don’t want to hurt you,” He then advised the teller not to cause a scene. The bank teller then handed the suspect money from her drawer.

The suspect asked her, “Where are the hundred dollar bills?” When the teller explained she did have any large bills, he fled on foot heading southbound on Staples Mill Road toward Monument Avenue.
No weapons were involved in either incident.

On Thursday, April 27, Falk was taken into custody and was arrested without incident.
Anyone with additional information about these incidents is asked to call Third Precinct Detective Ryan Nixon at (804) 646-1165 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. Both Crime Stoppers contacts are anonymous.

               Andrew Falk

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Collision

April 29, 2017
The Richmond Police Department has identified the bicyclist killed the fatal collision on the southside last night as John H. Shelton, Jr., 69, of the 3500 block of Broad Rock Road.

At approximately 10:39 p.m., officers were called to the intersection of Hopkins Road and Veterans Street for the report of a bicyclist struck by a vehicle.

Officers arrived and found Shelton down and unresponsive. Richmond Ambulance Authority arrived and pronounced Shelton dead at the scene. The vehicle that stuck Shelton remained at the scene.

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team responded and interviewed the driver and witnesses and took measurements. The vehicle that struck Shelton, an Oldsmobile sedan, was travelling westbound in the 1600 block of Hopkins Road, and had the right-of-way, when Shelton attempted to cross Hopkins Road on his bicycle and was struck by the vehicle.

Charges are not expected to be filed.

Anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation is asked to call SOD Officer J. Ozolins at (804) 646-1343 or Sergeant G. Borges at (804) 646-3132 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Arrest Made in South Sheppard Street Shooting


April 28, 2017

The Richmond Police Department yesterday charged Montez Ellis, 27, of the 3000 block of Grayland Avenue, with Attempted Murder and Use of a Firearm by a Felon in a shooting that occurred earlier this week. He was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force without incident.


At approximately 1:41 a.m., April 25, RPD officers were called to the 300 block of South Sheppard Street for a report of random gunfire.

Shortly before 2:00 a.m., officers were notified of a shooting victim, a black juvenile male, who had just arrived at a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. They were able to determine he had been wounded in the 300 block of South Sheppard Street.

The victim's condition is now stable and non-life threatening.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Harry Brown at (804) 646-1109 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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                 Montez Ellis

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Richmond Missing Persons Day

April 26, 2017

WHAT:                    Inaugural Richmond Missing Persons Day Event
WHEN:                    Noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 29

WHERE:
                  New Life Deliverance Tabernacle, 900 Decatur St.

BACKGROUND:     The Richmond Police Department is partnering with Toni Jacobs, mother of Keeshae and Deavon Jacobs, to hold a Richmond Missing Persons Day event – a first for the city.

This event is in response to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proclamation designating April 29 Virginia Missing Persons Day establishing the Commonwealth’s commitment to “ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens.”

“This is not only about my son and daughter, but all the families who are missing a loved one,” said Ms. Jacobs.

Her daughter, Keeshae, was last seen on Sept. 26, 2016 and her son, Deavon, was the victim of a homicide on Jan. 8

“We are here to support Ms. Jacobs and others who are missing loved ones,” said Major Sydney Collier. “As a Department, we want to provide guidance and assistance to anyone whose friends or family members go missing. In turn, this helps our officers get the information they need to bring those loved ones home.”

Richmond Police officers will also be present and will provide educational materials addressing concerns and information to help keep loved ones safe.

The general public is invited to participate and wear yellow to honor those who are missing. Several speakers are scheduled to appear. There will be food, music, and activities including fingerprinting and identification cards for children.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Suspect Sought in Multiple Commercial Burglaries in Fan District


April 25, 2017
Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photos who is believed to be linked to several burglaries in the Fan neighborhood.

The pictured individual is suspected of committing five burglaries in the Fan and West Broad Street area.

These incidents include:

  1. Around 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2 in the 2600 block of West Cary Street.
  2. Around 5 a.m. on Sunday, March 26 in the 300 block of North Robinson Street.
  3. Between 10:15 p.m. on Monday, April 10 and 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 in the 400 block of Strawberry Street.
  4. Between 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 and 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 16 in the 300 block of Libbie Avenue.
  5. Between 4:45 and 5:55 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 in the 2000 block of West Broad Street.
The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion and a stocky build. He is bald, has a dark beard, is approximately 30 to 50 years old, and 5’9” to 5’11 tall. In surveillance videos, he is seen wearing dark clothing consisting of a knit cap, T-shirt, jacket, gloves and blue jeans. He typically forces entry into restaurants and takes money from cash registers in the Fan district between 3 to 5 a.m.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Third Precinct Detective Alexandra Davila at (804) 646-1069 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 Carytown Commercial Robbery


April 25, 2017
The Richmond Police Department is seeking information about a commercial robbery that occurred this afternoon in the Carytown shopping district. 

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, a man entered the Petco store at the intersection of Cary and Nansemond Streets and gave the cashier a note demanding money from the cash drawer. No weapon was displayed.


The suspect fled store on foot, got into a vehicle and drove off eastbound on Floyd Ave.
Witnesses describe the vehicle as a green, late model Honda van with an inactive license plate. (Photo attached.)

The suspect is described as a white male, six feet tall, between 25 and 30 years of age, wearing a camouflage hat, dark-colored jacket and jeans. (Photo attached.)
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Property Crimes Detective Ryan Nixon at (804) 646-1165 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. Both Crime Stoppers contacts are anonymous.

 


 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Driver Identified in Fatal Powhite Parkway Collision

April 25, 2017
 The Richmond Police Department has identified the driver who died as a result of a two-vehicle collision on the bridge of the Powhite Parkway yesterday as Charles L. Foster, 61, of the 9700 block of Paragon Drive in Richmond.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., Foster, the sole occupant of a Chevrolet van, was driving northbound in the right lane of the bridge when the van struck a vehicle in front of it in the right lane. The vehicle that was struck, a Ford truck, with no occupants but the driver, sustained minor damage. The motorist drove the vehicle a short distance and pulled off the roadway.

Foster’s van veered to the right after the collision and struck the concrete barrier at the right edge of the bridge.

The Richmond Fire Department extricated Foster from the van. Foster was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene, took measurements and interviewed witnesses. No charges are expected.


The two northbound lanes on the right-side of the roadway were closed to accommodate the investigation.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Armfield Road Voluntary Manslaughter


April 24, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the woman who was found dead yesterday in her apartment as Alejandra P. Estrada, 29, of the 6500 block of Armfield Road. Estrada's boyfriend, A. Ayala Guido, 30, of the same address, has been charged with Voluntary Manslaughter for her death. That charge was brought in consultation with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and additional charges are expected.


At approximately 4:52 a.m., RPD officers were called to their residence at the Town & Country Apartment Complex in the 6500 block of Armfield Road.

This was in response to a call placed from that location by Guido, who told the dispatcher he had strangled Estrada and was threatening suicide; claiming he was holding a gun to his head.

Guido was taken into custody by RPD officers after a brief standoff at the front door of the residence during which he threatened them with a knife.

After a Taser deployment proved ineffective, an officer fired his service weapon one time, striking Guido. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Officers entered the residence and discovered Estrada's body in an upstairs bedroom. The medical examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

The Department's Force Investigation Team (FIT) is conducting an investigation into the officer-involved shooting by interviewing all the officers who were present at the time and any other witnesses who can be located.

Per the Department's policy, the officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Armfield Road Homicide - Officer-Involved Shooting


April 23, 2017

At approximately 4:52 a.m., RPD officers were called to a residence at the Town & Country Apartment Complex in the 6500 block of Armfield Road.

This was in response to a call placed from that location by an adult male, who told the dispatcher he had strangled his wife and was holding a gun to his head.

A group of RPD officers encountered the male at the front door of the residence.

A Taser was deployed by an officer which proved ineffective.

The male threatened the officers with a knife.

An officer fired his service weapon one time, striking the male. He was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Officers entered the residence and discovered the body of an adult female.

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of her death.

The female's name will be released once a positive identification has been made and next of kin notified.

The Department's Major Crimes detectives will investigate the female's death.

The Department's Force Investigation Team (FIT) will conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting by interviewing all the officers who were present at the time and any other witnesses who can be located.

Per the Department's policy, the officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Suspects Sought in Second Precinct Breaking and Entering

April 20, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the female and male in the attached photos who are suspects in a breaking and entering in Second Precinct earlier this month.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of the two suspects to call
Second Precinct Detective Mark Hatchet at (804) 646-8167 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RPD Promotes Safety for Places of Worship

April 19, 2017

Mosques, churches, synagogues and all places of worship should be havens from the chaos of life. Safety is paramount and adopting a few simple procedures can dramatically increase the security of these sanctuaries and help to protect the people within and the surrounding property.

The Richmond Police Department will be hosting a safety and awareness forum for religious gathering places. The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 21. A variety of topics will be discussed, including general safety, preparing for an emergency, firearms in places of worship and pastoral protection.

The forum is free, but registration is required to accommodate all attendees. Registration will take place on-site before the event from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Early registration is also available online. Congregations are invited to send no more than four representatives.

The forum will be held at the Richmond Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. For further questions please contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at 646-6754.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Suspect Identified in Bowe Street Shooting


April 18, 2017
The Richmond Police Department has identified the suspect in a shooting which occurred Friday morning near the Fan district.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, April 14, Richmond Police officers heard a gunshot while in the area of the 1300 block of West Clay Street. They immediately responded to the 1000 block of Bowe Street and came upon two adult males struggling over a firearm in the roadway. One of the men was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
While rendering aid, officers were told the gunshot was fired during an attempted robbery which struck the victim. Police quickly took the suspect into custody without incident. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect has been identified as Michael Q. Fleming, 23, of the 1200 block of West Graham Road. He has been charged with
attempted robbery (x2) and use of a firearm in commission of a felony (x2). His booking photo is attached.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Higgins at (804) 646-7570 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.
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