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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Monday, April 17, 2017

Suspect Sought in Cool Lane Express Breaking and Entering


April 17, 2017
Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the man in the photo who broke into a convenience store earlier this month.

At approximately 3:36 a.m. on Sunday, April 9, a male forced open the glass on the front door of Cool Lane Express, located at 2001 Mechanicsville Turnpike, entered the store and stole several items.

The man left through the front door and fled on foot.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call First Precinct Detective Michael Kirby at (804) 646-0675 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Suspects Sought in West Grace Street Home Invasion


April 13, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspects in the attached photos who participated in a home invasion and robbery yesterday.


At approximately 2:33 a.m., four or five male individuals forced their way through a rear door and into an apartment in the 1100 block of West Grace Street.

The suspects, one with a long gun and all but one in ski masks, bound the occupants with duct tape and robbed them of several items, including cash, mobile phones and a computer.

The suspects left through the back door and exited down the rear stairs.

There were no injuries.

Detectives were able to determine the two males captured on images from a nearby surveillance camera were two of the suspects involved. Those photos are attached.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of these suspects (or any involved) to call Third Precinct Detective Jack Larry at (804) 646-1647 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.
 
 

 

RPD Invites Community to Town Hall Meetings

RPD Invites Community to Town Hall Meetings

April 13, 2017

WHAT:                       Richmond Police Town Hall Meetings

WHEN:                      6 – 8 p.m. each evening: Tuesday, April 18; Wednesday, April 19;
Tuesday, April 25; Thursday, April 27

WHERE:                    First, Second, Third and Fourth Precincts

BACKGROUND:     RPD Chief Alfred Durham will hold four town hall meetings within the next two weeks as part of his ongoing effort to inform the public about his vision for policing in Richmond.

“These meetings are a reflection of our mission: We make Richmond a safer city through community policing and engagement,” said Chief Durham. “The purpose of these town hall meetings is for the Department to get input from the general public. Our strategy depends on understanding what we can do better and communicating with the public how they can help in our mission.”

There will be one town hall meeting in each of the Department’s four precincts:

·         Second Precinct - 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 18
Southside Plaza Community Center, 4100 Hull Street Road

·         Fourth Precinct - 6 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 19
Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road

·         Third Precinct - 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 25
First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave.

·         First Precinct - 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, April 27

St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad St.

Victim Identified, Arrest Made in Death Investigation on West Moore Street


April 13, 2017
The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim in a shooting which occurred this morning inside of a residence on West Moore Street.

At approximately 12:29 a.m., police responded to the 1200 block of West Moore Street for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound on the front porch of a residence. The victim, Samuel O. Kwarteng, 20, of the 1700 block of Jacqulin St. was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect, Emmanuel E. Jordan, 20, of the 1200 block of West Moore Street, was arrested shortly afterward. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter. His booking photo is attached.

Detectives were told the shooting occurred after a brief altercation between the two individuals and is an isolated incident.

This is currently a death investigation and police are continuing to gather information. No additional details are available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective A. Sleem at (804) 646-3871 or (804) 814-7123 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Second Victim Identified in Midlothian Village Homicide


April 10, 2017
The Richmond Police Department has identified the second victim as Kejuan L. Goode, 18, of the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike in the homicide which occurred on Saturday in the Midlothian Village apartment complex.

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 two adult males inside of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Goode and Terrell D. Thomas, 20, also of the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike, have been identified as the two victims of the Saturday’s double homicide.
Detectives with the Major Crimes Division are continuing to gather additional information.

“The most important resources we have are those in the community,” said Major Crimes Det. K. Hughes. “Many people were in the area when this shooting occurred. If you know or heard of any anything, please speak with us. Even the smallest piece of information may make the difference of taking a suspect into custody and getting justice for these two men and their families.”

Anyone with 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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Suspect Sought in East End Robbery


April 10, 2017
Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in providing information related to a robbery which occurred in the East End early last week.

At approximately 11 p.m. on Monday, April 3, an elderly man in his 90s was in the backyard of his home when he was approached by an unknown male in the 1700 block of North 22nd Street. The suspect grabbed the victim who then attempted to defend himself. The suspect then pushed the victim to the ground, went through his pockets and took his billfold which contained cash and a credit card. The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, short dark hair and a stocky build. He is in this late-20s to early-30s and stands approximately 6’6” tall. He may go by the name of “Mike” and is possibly staying in the Fairfield area.

Anyone who can identify this suspect or who has any information about this incident is asked to call First Precinct Detective Gaetano Drago at (804) 646-3395 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Victim Identified in Midlothian Village Homicide


April 9, 2017
The Richmond Police Department has identified a victim in the homicide which occurred yesterday in the Midlothian Village apartment complex and is asking for the public’s help as they investigate.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. yesterday, 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 two adult males inside of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

One of the victims has been identified as Terrell D. Thomas, 20, of the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike. The identification of the second victim will be released as it becomes available.
Detectives with the Major Crimes Division are continuing to gather additional information.

“There were many individuals in the area when this incident occurred,” said Major Crimes Lt. Cynthia Hayes. “We urge anyone who has information to reach out to us. Any tip can help us make an arrest and possibly prevent this individual from taking another life. We want the person responsible for taking the lives of these two men off the street as soon as possible.”
Anyone with 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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Friday, April 7, 2017

RPD Seeking Fugitive from the Northside

April 7, 2017

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating fugitive, Ronald R. Broadnax, who currently wanted on 10 active warrants. His photo is attached.

Broadnax (also known as “Skee”), 35, who has no known address, has 10 warrants on file beginning Sept. 9, 2016. Six of those warrants were accrued last month. These include:
  • Assault and battery (4x)
  • Breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony (2x)
  • Felony assault
  • Probation violation
  • Failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge
  • Possession and transport of a firearm by a convicted felon
He is described as a black male with a medium complexion, brown eyes, short black hair, and tattoos on both of his arms and the name “Brenda” tattooed on the left side of his neck. He is approximately 5’7” tall and weighs 144 pounds.

Broadnax is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police immediately.

Anyone who sees Ronald R. Broadnax or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Bernard “Mac” Adams at (804) 646-3930  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.


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Community Walk in the Gilpin Neighborhood

April 4, 2017

WHAT:                       Richmond Police Department Community Walk


WHEN:                      5:30 p.m. Today, April 4, 2017

WHERE:                    1202 N. First St. – Fay Towers

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham, Fourth Precinct Sector 411 Lieutenant Rick Edwards and other Richmond Police Department officers will participate in a walkthrough of Richmond’s Gilpin 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 411 Lt. Edwards
said that the Gilpin area has seen a slight increase in property crimes such as residential burglaries, thefts from building and thefts from motor vehicles. Lt. Edwards has just recently been assigned to Sector 411 as the sector lieutenant.


“Property crime issues have been occurring in the Gilpin neighborhood at various times of the day,” Lt. Edwards said. “We will discuss ways to help prevent these types of property crimes as we go door-to-door – and we’ll inform the public of the adjustments we’ve made in our patrols to combat these incidents. This walkthrough will also give me the opportunity to introduce myself to folks in that neighborhood and ask how we can better serve them as a Department.”


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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Shooting Victim Identified - Friend Arrested


April 2, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim of a fatal shooting yesterday as Nygel E. Williams, 22, of the 400 block of Vevadel Drive and arrested his good friend for shooting him.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 1, Williams was shot while visiting Darell N. Meredith, 22, of the 5000 block of Nutmeg Circle.

Meredith and several other friends transported Williams to Chippenham Hospital in a private vehicle. Within minutes of arriving at the hospital, Williams was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the chest.

After conducting a thorough investigation, RPD detectives have determined Williams' death resulted from the careless handling of a firearm by Meredith.

Meredith has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter.

                Darell Meredith

Friday, March 31, 2017

Second Victim in Mosby Court Triple Shooting Dies


March 31, 2017

A second person who was wounded in a triple shooting in Mosby Court earlier this week has died. Mikkaisha D. Smoot, 16, of the 2100 block of Deforrest Street, was pronounced dead at approximately 1:00 p.m. at a local hospital after being removed from life-support.


Yesterday afternoon, another person who was shot during the same incident, Taliek K. Brown, 15, of the 400 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after being removed from life-support.

Their deaths are being investigated as homicides.

At approximately 1:21 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, RPD officers were called to the 1900 block of Accommodation Street for a report of gunfire. They arrived and found Smoot and Brown lying on the ground in front of an apartment building. Both juveniles were suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds.

An adult female was also located suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. She is expected to recover.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Joe Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Victim in Mosby Court Triple Shooting Dies


March 30, 2017

One of three people shot yesterday in Mosby Court has died. Taliek K. Brown, 15, of the 400 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard was pronounced dead at 4:27 p.m. at a local hospital after being removed from life-support.

At approximately 1:21 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, RPD officers were called to the 1900 block of Accommodation Street for a report of gunfire. They arrived and found Taliek and a juvenile female lying on the ground in front of an apartment building. Both juveniles were suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds.

An adult female was also located suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

All three were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Joe Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com

Monument Avenue 10K Traffic Advisory

March 30, 2017

The Monument Avenue 10K will begin Saturday morning, and an estimated 40,000 participants will take to city streets. Numerous road closures and “No Parking” zones will be in effect as a result.

Events begin at 8 a.m. with the Virginia 529 Kids Run followed by the start of the Monument Avenue 10K at 8:30 a.m. Street closures and “No Parking” zones go into effect on some streets, such as West Franklin Street at 6 a.m. and West Broad Street at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Cars parked along the race course will be towed.  

During the event, Monument Avenue will be closed between Stuart Circle and Staples Mill Road. Portions of other main streets will also be closed, including West Broad Street, West Grace Street, West Franklin Street and Lombardy Street. (See maps below.)


To learn more about the course and potential impacts on specific neighborhoods, see the list below the maps.


        2017 MONUMENT 10K Street Closure Locations
March 30th / Thursday  -  April 1st / Saturday
S. Cathedral Pl. between N. Cathedral Pl. & N. Laurel Street. (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
N. Cathedral Pl. between Cathedral Pl. & S. Cathedral Pl. (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
N. Laurel Street between W. Main & W. Franklin St. (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Cathedral Pl. between N. Laurel St. & VCU Commons Area. (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

March 31st / Friday – April 1st / Saturday
Floyd Avenue between S. Cathedral Pl. & N. Harrison St. (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
W. Franklin Street (Southside Lane) between Shafer St. & Belvidere (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
W. Franklin Street between N. Harrison & N. Laurel St. (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Shafer Street between W. Franklin & W. Grace St. (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
April 1st / Saturday   (Race Day)
W. Franklin Street between N. Laurel & Belvidere (3:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Pine Street between W. Franklin & W. Broad St. (3:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
N. Laurel Street between W. Broad & W. Franklin St. (3:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Shafer Street between W. Broad & W. Grace St. (3:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
W. Broad Street between N. Lombardy & Belvidere (4:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
W. Franklin Street between N. Laurel & Belvidere (4:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
N. Harrison Street between W. Marshall St & Park Avenue (4:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
W. Franklin Street between N. Lombardy & N. Harrison St. (4:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
E/W. Canal Street between S.2nd Street & Belvidere (5:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
Chantilly Street between Monumental St. & Monument Ave. (5:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
Kent Road between Wythe & Monument Ave (5:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
Blacker Street between Monumental St. & Monument Avenue (5:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
Park Avenue between N. Lombardy St. & Shafer Court/VCU (6:00 AM to 9:00 AM)
Monument Avenue between Stuart Circle & Staple Mill Road (7:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
N. Lombardy Street between W. Broad St. & Park Avenue (7:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

W. Grace Street between Belvidere & N. Allen Ave (7:00 AM to 12:00 PM) 

 MONUMENT 10K NO PARKING LOCATIONS:
March 30th (Thursday) to April 1st (Saturday)
N. Laurel Street between W. Main & W. Franklin Street (No parking from  6:00 AM to  5:00 PM)
Cathedral Place between N. Laurel & VCU Commons Area (No parking from  6:00 AM to  5:00 PM)  
S. Cathedral Place between N. Cathedral & N. Laurel Street (No parking from  6:00 AM to  5:00 PM)
N. Cathedral Place between Cathedral Pl. & S. Cathedral Pl. (No parking from  6:00 AM to  5:00 PM)

March 31st (Friday) to April 1st (Saturday)  
W. Franklin Street between N. Laurel & Belvidere Street (No parking from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
W. Franklin Street (Southside Only) between Belvidere & Shafer St. (No parking from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
W. Franklin Street between N. Harrison & N. Laurel St. (No parking from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Shafer Street between W. Franklin & W. Grace St. (No parking from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Floyd Avenue between S. Cathedral Pl. & N. Harrison St. (No parking from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
W. Broad Street between Belvidere & N. Lombardy St. (No parking from 3:00 PM to 12:00 PM)
N. Harrison Street between W. Marshall St. & Park Avenue (No parking from 3:00 PM to 2:00 PM)

April 1st (Saturday) (Race Day)
Monument Avenue between Stuart Circle & Staples Mill Road (No parking from 3:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
N. Lombardy St. between W. Broad St. & Park Avenue (No parking from 3:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
W. Grace Street between Belvidere & N. Allen Avenue (No parking from 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
W. Franklin Street between N. Lombardy & N. Harrison St. (No parking from 3:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
N. Pine Street between W. Broad & W. Franklin St. (No parking from 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Shafer Street between W. Broad & W. Grace St. (No parking from 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
N. Laurel Street between W. Broad & W. Franklin St. (No parking from 3:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Chantilly Street between Monumental St. & Monument Avenue (No parking from 3:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
Kent Road between Wythe Ave & Monument Avenue (No parking from 3:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
Blacker Street between Monumental St. & Monument Avenue (No parking from 3:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
East/West Canal Street between S. 2nd Street & Belvidere (No parking from 3:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Missing Henrico Man Sought

March 31, 2017

 UPDATE: Missing Henrico Man Found

 Mr. Srour A. Al-Hayajneh has been located and is safe and sound. The Richmond Police Department would like to thank the public and the community for their assistance.

March 30, 2017

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man, Srour A. Al-Hayajneh, who has been missing since Tuesday, March 28. His photo is attached.

Al-Hayajneh, 62, was last seen leaving the Omni Richmond Hotel at 100 S. 12th St. He is described as a white male with a fair complexion, 5’0 tall, with brown eyes and short gray hair, and weighing approximately 177 pounds. He drives a gold 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan with “RVA TAXI” on each side. The vehicle has Virginia license plate H125261.

Anyone who sees Srour A. Al-Hayajneh or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Brissette at (804) 646-3867 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.
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Two Teens, Woman Shot in Accommodation Street Aggravated Assaults


March 29, 2017

Three persons, including two teens, were injured in an early morning shooting today.

At approximately 1:21 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of Accommodation Street for the report of random gunfire.

Officers arrived and found a juvenile male and a juvenile female suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. An adult female was also found with an apparent gunshot wound that was not considered life threatening. The two juveniles were transported to a local hospital with injuries that are considered life threatening.

“Two of Richmond’s teenagers were struck down, and a third person was injured, during an early morning shooting today – and in any incident where children are involved, it is especially critical to us to provide closure to the families,” said Chief Alfred Durham. “The Department is working to not only solve this and every case of violent crime in our neighborhoods but we are working diligently on many fronts to reduce the violence before it happens. We have patrol officers, Focus Mission Team units and the Intervention and Prevention units working around the clock to prevent crime – but we need the public to come forward and provide information before violence breaks out.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Joe Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

Submit tips to GUN250 about persons illegally possessing guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Friday, March 24, 2017

RPD Warns of New Social Media Extortion Scam

Richmond Police detectives are investigating a new social media extortion scam

Scammers are using the Facebook and WhatsApp mobile applications to threaten and defraud individuals to send a specified amount of money. The text messages and phone calls have, so far, been written and spoken in Spanish but all should be aware of this scam.

These individuals use Facebook to find photos of the target and their family and WhatsApp to initiate voice or text messaging over the phone.

How the scam works:

  • A text message is received from an unknown number stating the victim owes money.
  • The scammer will call or send a second message to the victim demanding about $200-$250.
  • The scammer will threaten to cause harm to the victim’s family in an attempt to collect the demanded amount. If the victim ignores the threats, the scammer will then send photos of the victim’s family and friends that have been found on Facebook.
  • If the victim continues to ignore the threats, the scammer will proceed to send violent and graphic videos. The scammer will also claim they are in close proximity and will harm the victim if the money is not paid.
  • The scammer will provide instructions informing the victim where to go and how to send the requested amount of money. They will be persistent and demand that the victim does not contact the police.
  • Additional messages may be received from other unknown individuals in an attempt to convince the victim more than one participant is involved. If the victim blocks the phone numbers, additional messages from other phone numbers may be received.
It is important to understand these types of extortion scams are typically of an international scope and put people in great fear. The best way to prevent this happening to you or your loved ones is revisiting the security settings on your social media pages. Make sure your settings are set to private so the public does not have access to your personal content.


Anyone receiving extortion scams are urged to call and file a report with the Richmond Police Department at (804) 646-5100 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

La Policía de Richmond les Informa de Extorciones a Través de las Redes Sociales

Los detectives de la policía de Richmond están investigando una nueva estafa de extorsión través de los medios sociales que están afectando  a la comunidad  y queremos informar a la comunidad Latina de esto crímenes.

Los estafadores están utilizando las aplicaciones móviles de Facebook , textos, correos electrónicos y WhatsApp para amenazar y defraudar a sus víctimas a través de envío de dinero.

Estas personas utilizan el Facebook y  WhatsApp para encontrar fotos de las víctimas  y de sus familias para establecer una conversación directa y creíble por textos y teléfonos.

Cómo funciona la estafa:
  • La victima recibe un mensaje de texto de un número desconocido que indica que debe dinero.
  •  El estafador llama o envía un segundo mensaje a la víctima exigiendo una cantidad de dinero.
  •  El estafador amenaza con causar daño a la familia de la víctima en un intento de cobrar la cantidad demandada. Si la víctima ignora las amenazas, el estafador envía  fotos de la familia de la víctima y amigos que han encontrado en Facebook.
  • Si la víctima sigue ignorando las amenazas, el estafador procederá enviando videos violentos y gráficos. El estafador también afirmará que saben mucho  de sus vidas y le causaran daño si el dinero no es recibido.
  •  El estafador proporcionará instrucciones  informando a la víctima a dónde ir y cómo enviar la cantidad de dinero solicitada. Serán persistentes y exigirán que la víctima no entre en contacto con la policía.
  • Podrían recibir mensajes adicionales de otras personas desconocidas en un intento de convencer a la víctima de que hay otras personas involucradas. Si la víctima bloquea los números de teléfono, podrían recibir mensajes adicionales de otros números de teléfono.


Es importante entender que estos tipos de estafas y extorsión son típicamente internacionales y ponen a sus víctimas en un gran miedo. La mejor manera de evitar que esto le suceda a usted o algunos de sus seres queridos es revisando la configuración de seguridad en sus páginas de redes sociales. Asegúrese de que sus configuraciones estén privadas para que el público no tenga acceso a su contenido personal.

Cualquier persona que reciba este tipo de extorsiones  se le pide que llame y presente una queja con el Departamento de Policía de Richmond al (804) 646-5100 o comuníquese con Crime Stoppers al 780-1000 o en www.7801000.com.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Victim Identified in Raven Street Homicide


March 20, 2017

Richmond Police detectives have identified this morning’s shooting victim on Raven Street as Kendell L. Coward, 34, of the 1900 block of Raven Street.

At approximately 2:18 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of Raven Street for the report of a person down. Officers arrived and found Coward inside an apartment, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are investigating the incident and believe Coward was shot while entering the structure, where he died.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Marshall Young at (804) 646-3926 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

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