Sunday, August 20, 2017

Victims Identified in Two Homicides in the City’s East End

August 20, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victims in two homicides which occurred last night in Whitcomb Court and the Mosby neighborhood.

Shortly before 11 p.m. last night, police were called to the 2400 block of Carmine Street for a report of a person down. When officers arrived, they found the victim, Justin B. Townsend, 24, of the 16000 block of Flotilla Way, Woodbridge, in the courtyard of an apartment complex with an apparent gunshot wound. Richmond Ambulance Authority transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fifteen minutes later at approximately 11:15 p.m., police received a call for a shooting in the 1400 block of Coalter Street. When officers found the victim, Broderick F. Jones, 40, of the 1900 block of Accommodation Street, in the stairwell of residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time, detectives do not believe the two incidents are related and are in the early stages of the investigation. The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about the homicide on Carmine Street is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Crewell at (804) 646-5324. Those with information about the homicide on Coalter Street is asked to call Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Persons of Interest Sought in Southside Shooting


August 18, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify several persons of interest in the photos who may have information about a shooting which occurred in Southside earlier this month.


Shortly after 1:30 a.m., officers were called to the 600 block of Stockton Street to investigate a shooting. Police were told several witnesses were attending a party on the porch of an apartment complex within the block. Suddenly, several gunshots were fired toward a parked vehicle from an empty, grassy area across the parking lot. Surveillance video shows the vehicle leaving the scene shortly afterward.


When police arrived at the scene, they came upon a victim in the 500 block of Stockton Street and he was soon transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He has since been treated and released.


“There were many witnesses at the time of the shooting and we ask anyone who may know something to contact us,” said Det. J. Baynes. “Any detail – a tattoo, scar, or clothing – or information about these individuals will help us close this case.”


Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect to call Major Crimes Det. J. Baynes at (804) 646-3617 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, August 16, 2017

RPD Partners with Bishop Cofield for the B.R.I.D.G.E.

Aug. 16, 2017

WHAT:                             The B.R.I.D.G.E.

WHEN:                        Saturday, Aug. 19. Doors open 7:30 a.m. Event is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE:                          The Richmond Coliseum (601 E Leigh St.)

BACKGROUND:         The Richmond Police Department is partnering with Bishop Clay S. Cofield of the Spirit of Fire Cathedral for The B.R.I.D.G.E., Building Relationships Intentionally Developing Greater Excellence, a series of conversations about ways to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the community.
                                         
In addition to several discussions between officers and community members, there will be food vendors, dance team competitions, a hair and fashion show, a performance from recording artist Earnest Pugh and more. 
                                       
For additional information, contact Bishop Clay Cofield at
claycofield@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

RPD Partners with YMCA, Target for “Shop with a Cop”

Aug. 15, 2017

WHAT:                       Shop with a Cop

WHEN:                       Noon, Tuesday, Aug. 15
and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 

WHERE:
                     Forest Hill Target, 7101 Forest Hill Ave.

BACKGROUND:    In collaboration with the Metro Richmond YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program, “Shop with a Cop” pairs Richmond city youth with a Richmond Police officer in preparation for the upcoming school year.

“The YMCA and Target have been long standing community partners over the years,” said Capt. Daniel Minton. “We are able to engage with children and share a memorable experience.”

Along with helping a child prepare for the upcoming school year, the annual event continues building the foundation of community trust and the youth.

Bright Beginnings is the largest outreach program, servicing over 2,000 children in Central Virginia.

Bright Bright 

Chief Alfred Durham Provides Remarks on Monument Avenue Demonstration

August 14, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, police were notified of a candlelight vigil which began at 8:30 p.m. in Abner Clay Park located in the 200 block of West Clay Street. The crowd began to grow and shortly after 10 p.m., approximately 300 demonstrators exited the park toward West Broad Street where they marched westbound. They continued walking to Monument Avenue toward the Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart Monuments.

After circling back to West Broad Street, moving eastbound toward downtown, the demonstration concluded at 1 a.m. in Abner Clay where the group originated.

Multiple injuries were reported. Police are still investigating these incidents.

There was only one arrest during the demonstration. The individual was charged with disorderly conduct and released at the scene. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

“Serving in a state capital, the Richmond Police Department has years of experience dealing with all manner of rallies, parades, demonstrations and protests. Our goal is to allow citizens to express their First Amendment right to speak their minds while protecting and maintaining the safety of the general public,” said Chief Alfred Durham.


“Our officers are well-trained in crowd management and we have great support from our law enforcement agency partners. We have already begun planning for the event on Sept. 16, should it occur. We will be prepared.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

Person of Interest Sought in Monument Avenue Incident

August 11, 2017
Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the man in the attached photo, who is a person of interest in an incident that took place on Monument Avenue.

In the past several days, surveillance video shows an unknown male tampering with a light bulb outside a residence in the 4100 block of Monument Avenue. Surveillance then shows the man walking to a nearby vehicle.

The person of interest is described as a black male with dark hair wearing a white tank top, jeans and dark-colored Nike tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident or the individual pictured is asked to call Third Precinct Detective E. Sandlin at (804) 646-1010 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Suspects Sought in Theft from Carytown Business

August 10, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspects in the photos who reportedly stole jewelry from Richmond Jeweler in the Carytown neighborhood.

At approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, an unknown man and woman entered Richmond Jeweler at 3419 W. Cary St. Surveillance video shows the two suspects with a store employee. The female suspect then turns to the side and at some point reportedly takes the jewelry.

The first suspect is described as a white female with long brown hair between the ages of 35-40. At the time of the incident, she is seen wearing a dark gray T-shirt, a long light-colored skirt, gold earrings, and her hair pulled back. The second suspect is described as a white male with dark hair with a dark-colored beard between the ages of 35-40. The male suspect can be seen wearing glasses, a red T-shirt, and a dark-colored baseball hat.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Third Precinct Detective E. Sandlin at (804) 646-1010 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Community Walk in the John Marshall Neighborhood

August 8, 2017

WHAT:                     Richmond Police Department Community Walk


WHEN:                     5:30 p.m. TODAY, August 8, 2017


WHERE:
                  4000 block of Old Brook Road at Old Brook Circle

BACKGROUND:     Chief Alfred Durham
and Richmond Police Department officers will participate in a walk through Richmond’s John Marshall neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. today. During the walk, RPD officers will speak with community members about safety concerns they may have and hear how the Richmond Police Department can better serve their community.

Sector 412 Lt. KeShawn Manns
has noted increased random gunfire calls in the John Marshall neighborhood. He will discuss the crime trends with residents and will also share information about two open homicide cases.

“Detectives are still investigating two homicide cases, Jerode Greene on January 26 and Jacquesha Clanton on June 15,” Lt. KeShawn Manns said. “We will take the opportunity during this community walk to urge anyone with information about these shootings to contact Major Crimes detectives. That’s how we make Richmond a safer city – by working together.”

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.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Quick Arrest in Gilpin Court Homicide

August 6, 2017

Richmond Police Department detectives have made a quick arrest following a homicide that occurred overnight in Gilpin Court.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday, August 5, RPD officers were called to the 1000 block of St. Paul Street for a report of a person who’d been shot. When they arrived they located the victim, Nyjai Johnson, 18, of the 500 block of Bancroft Avenue, outside lying on the ground. He had been shot multiple times.

Johnson was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

“With valuable information given to us by members of the community, we were able to quickly identify the gunman,” said Major Crimes Lieutenant Donald Davenport. “Those tips made all the difference.”

Three hours after the shooting, the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force located the arrested the suspect; Garland Davis, 24, of the 1000 block of St. Paul St.

After consulting with Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, RPD detectives have charged Davis with a single count: Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Additional charges are pending. His booking photo is attached.

Anyone with additional information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective David Cuffley at (804) 912-6487 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.


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Garland Davis

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Suspects Sought for Burglarizing Store Twice

August 3, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photos who broke into the same store twice last month.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, and again at approximately 12:43 a.m. on Monday, July 31, the male suspects threw a brick through a window of the Cricket Wireless store, located at 400 Belt Boulevard, entered the store and stole mobile phones and electronic devices.


Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of the two suspects to call Second Precinct Detective J. Dillon at (804) 646-8152 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 Theft from Apartment Building

August 2, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the photos who is suspected of theft from an apartment building in the city’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood.

At approximately 8:02 a.m. on Monday, July 31, it was reported an adult male took an item from a residence in the 3000 block of Norfolk Street.

The suspect is described as a bald, black male with a dark complexion. He is between the ages of 35-45. At the time, he was wearing a gray Polo T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and dark-colored tennis shoes with white laces. He can also be seen wearing a dark colored baseball cap and a grey backpack.


Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Fourth Precinct Detective R. Donald at (804) 646-4996 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, August 2, 2017

Victim Identified in James River Drowning

August 2, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the man who drowned in the James River yesterday as John R. Boynes, 89, of the 2700 block of Lauradale Lane.

At approximately 6:26 p.m., a male was reported down and unresponsive in the James River near the 500 block of Tredegar Street. The Richmond Police Department and the Richmond Fire Department responded. The Richmond Fire Department’s River Rescue team brought Boynes to shore and attempted to resuscitate him. Boynes was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

No foul play is suspected.

Monday, July 31, 2017

National Night Out

July 31, 2017

The Richmond Police Department is gearing up to celebrate National Night Out tomorrow, the biggest city-wide party of the year, and all city residents are invited to participate.

The annual event, to be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, brings police and neighbors together in support of crime prevention during an evening full of fun for all ages. A strong partnership between the citizens and law enforcement is a powerful tool in fighting crime which begins with building a sense of community. 

Numerous National Night Out events will be hosted throughout the Richmond area. To find an event near your neighborhood, visit

“When neighbors get together at these block parties they get to know one another,” said Sgt. Carol Adams with the Community Care Unit. “The relationships that form can be a powerful weapon in fighting crime because they become motived to help each other by keeping an eye on each other and their properties.”


National Night Out is a night designed to forge strong relationships between neighborhoods and police. The annual event also helps police officers and citizens work together to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention. 

Suspect Sought in Residential Burglary

video
Suspect Sought in Residential Burglary

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the male suspect in the attached photo and video who broke into a Ginter Park home in May.

At approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, the suspect broke into a home in the 3900 block of Seminary Avenue and stole a Specialized Rockhopper Pro Mountain Bike, white in color, and electronic devices.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect to call Fourth Precinct Detective W. O’Neil at (804) 646-3103 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.


Friday, July 28, 2017

National Night Out Kickoff Event and U.S. Army Partnership

July 28, 2017

WHAT:                   National Night Out Kickoff Event and Ceremonial Signing for                                               Partnership for Youth Success Program

WHEN:                   10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017

WHERE:                 Forest Hill Avenue Target, 7107 Forest Hill Ave

BACKGROUND:     We hope citizens will join Richmond Police and Target stores for a National Night Out Kickoff Event.
Officers will be on hand with crime prevention materials and children’s fingerprinting ID kits. The kickoff party will also include free food.

In addition to the kickoff event, a ceremonial signing will take place at 10 a.m. to launch the partnership with The Richmond Police Department and U.S. Army for the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. The PaYS Program helps provide job opportunities within the police department for Soldiers after completing their service to the country.
“What better way to continue to help keep our community safe than recruiting these reservists as well as Soldiers who are at the end of their service for the U.S. Army,” said Chief Alfred Durham.


Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Suspects Sought in Commercial Burglaries

video

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the female suspect in the attached photo and all three suspects seen in the video who are believed to have burglarized several businesses in the past few months.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, two unknown suspects and a female suspect broke a window and entered the Six Points Express, located at 2933 Second Ave., and stole cigarettes and cash. All three suspects wore masks but the female’s mask, when she jumped over a counter, briefly dropped to reveal her face. The photo of that moment is attached.

Detectives believe these three have also burglarized other stores in the region.


Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of the three suspects to call Fourth Precinct Detective W. O’Neil at (804) 646-3103 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.

Two More Arrests Made in Brookhaven Road Homicide

July 27, 2017
Officers and detectives with the Richmond Police Department’s Fugitive and Firearms Initiative, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force, has arrested a male and a female in connection with a homicide earlier this month.

Aaron R. Stroud, 45, of the 5200 block of Sunbeam Road, Chesterfield, and Deneka L. Young, 34, of the 2400 block of Concord Avenue, Richmond, were arrested on Thursday, July 20 in a residence in the 3400 block of Irvington Street. They were taken into custody without incident. Both have been charged in connection to the homicide. Stroud was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Their photos are attached.

The Department announced the arrest of James D. Faris, 37, of the 13600 block of Quail Hollow Lane, Midlothian, last week for his involvement in the same incident.

At approximately 8:28 p.m., Saturday, July 15, officers were called to the 2100 block of Brookhaven Road for the report of a person shot. Officers arrived and found Carlos Terry, 36, of the 4100 block of Norborne Road in a vehicle suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Terry was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Godwin at (804) 646-5533 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.


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Aaron R. Stroud

Deneka L. Young

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Victim Identified in Single Vehicle Traffic Fatality


July 27, 2017

The Richmond Police Department’s Crash Team is investigating a fatality that occurred yesterday evening in the Blackwell neighborhood.


Shortly after 5:45 p.m., a 2006 Toyota Avalon was traveling west on Decatur Street toward Commerce Road. Upon entering the intersection, the vehicle made a sharp right turn crossing into the median of Commerce Road and continued southbound. The vehicle struck a “No Parking” sign then a concrete wall on the southwest corner of the intersection where it came to a rest.

The victim, Damon L. Whitehead, 43, of the 600 block of North Laburnum Avenue was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.


Preliminary reports show he may have suffered a medical emergency shortly before the collision. The medical examiner will determine cause and manner of death.


Investigators with the Crash Team interviewed witnesses and took measurements. The crash remains under investigation.


Anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation is asked to call Sgt. Scott Jones at (804) 646-1369, Det. Larry Walker at (804) 646-1709 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Suspect Sought in Commercial Burglary


July 27, 2017
Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the photo who is suspected of stealing items from a business earlier this month.
At approximately 3:24 p.m. on July 14, officers were called to a business in the 2200 block of West Broad Street for the report of a breaking and entering. Officers arrived and found the business had been broken into and several items taken.

The incident occurred sometime between 7 p.m. – 9 a.m. on July 13 and 14.


The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a dark colored baseball cap with a light-colored rim, a striped dark blue and yellow polo T-shirt, dark-colored shorts, and dark tennis shoes.


Detectives ask anyone with any information about this incident to call Third Precinct Detective Heather Truong at (804) 646-1067 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, July 26, 2017

Officer-Involved Shooting Update

July 26, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the person who was fatally shot during an encounter with RPD officers yesterday morning.

Alexander J. Schoessel, 23, of the 1100 block of Rochelle Road, Chester, VA
was shot at approximately 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of 3rd and East Main Streets as he attacked an RPD officer with a small axe. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:31 a.m.

Two RPD officers discharged their weapons during the attack. They are:
·         Nicholas Pechstein, 28, Patrol Officer, 8 months of service
·         Joshua Sanborn, 24, Patrol Officer, 8 months of service

An RPD officer was wounded when he was caught in the line of fire. The bullet struck his ballistic vest. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. He is:
·         John Rotondi, 43, Patrol Officer, 12 years of service

“I am grateful that Officer Rotondi was not seriously wounded,” said Chief Alfred Durham. “He is a fine officer – one we rely on to train our newer officers so they learn the proper way to do the job.”

All of the officers who were present at the time of the shooting have received behavioral health counseling to help them deal with what they’ve experienced. They may continue to receive counseling if they wish.

“Although it is early in our investigation, from what I’ve seen and heard, these officers behaved with the utmost professionalism and courage,” said Chief Durham. “I believe they acted with restraint until they were called upon to use greater force.”


Videos captured by several body-worn cameras will be used by the Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT) as they prepare a report for Chief Durham who will review it and then submit it to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for review. The videos will be released once the C.A.’s Office has made its determination. The FIT detectives have also interviewed all the RPD officers who were present and several eyewitnesses, and they will process ballistic and forensic evidence collected at the scene.

Suspect Sought in Verizon Larceny


July 26, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photos who stole cell phones from a Verizon store.

At approximately 4:09 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, the suspect entered the Verizon store at 7209 Forest Hill Avenue and reportedly stole cell phones. Surveillance footage shows the suspect reaching over the table to grab the phones then walking out of the store. The suspect eventually dropped the phones after being pursued by a store employee.


The suspect is described as a white male who is in his 30’s with brown hair.  At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark-colored shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.


Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Third Precinct Officer Chris Foultz at (804) 646-1412 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.



Victim Identified in Two-Vehicle Traffic Fatality

July 26, 2017

The Richmond Police Department’s Crash Team is investigating a fatality that occurred last night near Carytown.

At approximately 10:52 p.m., crash team investigators were called to the Downtown Expressway at I-195 near the Cary Street exit to investigate a two-vehicle accident.

A 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe with four occupants, including the driver, was traveling westbound on the downtown expressway toward I-195 when a silver 1999 Toyota Corolla struck the vehicle in a head-on collision.  The driver of the Corolla was operating the car in the wrong direction of the expressway at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla, Eugene J. Driscoll, Jr., 45, of the 7700 block of Sunday Silence Lane, Midlothian, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

The four occupants of the Santa Fe were transported to a local hospital with injuries that are considered life threatening for one of the occupants and non-life threatening for the three other occupants.

Investigators with the Crash Team interviewed witnesses and took measurements. The crash remains under investigation.


Anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation is asked to call Sgt. Scott Jones at 804-646-1369 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Officer-Involved Shooting Downtown

July 25, 2017

The Richmond Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred this morning in downtown Richmond. One person was killed and an RPD officer was wounded during the incident.

At approximately 9:31 a.m., RPD officers were alerted by a call to 911 of a man carrying a large knife and small axe behaving erratically near the Tredegar Iron Works. Using information provided by additional callers, they were able to track his whereabouts as he moved southward into the city. At approximately 10:00 a.m., they spotted him at the intersection of 3rd and East Main Streets.

The RPD officers attempted to speak to the man but, despite repeated attempts to de-escalate the situation using verbal commands, he refused to lay down his weapons. A Taser was deployed but was ineffective. When the man attacked the officers, two of them fired their service weapons striking the man.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:31 a.m. The medical examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

His name will be released once a positive identification has been made and next of kin notified.

An RPD officer, a male 12 year veteran of the Department, was also wounded during the incident. He was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening wound, treated and released.

The names of the RPD officers involved in the shooting will be released once a threat-assessment has been conducted and Chief Alfred Durham has reviewed a preliminary report of the incident.

“I am sorry about the loss of life that occurred today. I wish there had been a different outcome,” said Chief Alfred Durham. “But it is important to remember what my officers are dealing with at this time. They have been interviewed and placed on administrative leave. I will release their names once I am assured there is no threat of retaliation against them.”

The Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT), comprised of homicide detectives, have begun their investigation. The detectives have secured the weapons of the officers involved in the incident, they have interviewed the officers and several eyewitnesses, and they will review body-worn camera videos taken by officers at the scene. That videos will not be released at this time as they are part of the on-going investigation.


Once completed, the final FIT report will be presented to Chief Durham and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Community Walk in the Southwood Neighborhood

July 25, 2017

WHAT:                        Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:                 5:30 p.m. Today, July 25, 2017

WHERE:               1200 Southwood Parkway

BACKGROUND:  Mayor Levar Stoney, Chief Alfred Durham,
and Richmond Police Department officers will participate in a walk through Richmond’s Southwood 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 212 Lt. Michael Phibbs
said it has been a challenge to establish trust in this neighborhood, which is primarily Latino. Many are immigrants who fear the police in their own home countries therefore there is some crime that goes unreported.

“Over the past year, the Richmond Police Department collaborated with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and community leaders to reduce crime and improve community relations in this neighborhood.”
Lt. Phibbs said. “This community walk is an opportunity for members of the department to speak to residents and assess the success of the program.


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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Victim Identified in Hopkins Road Homicide


July 23, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim in Saturday morning’s homicide on Hopkins Road as Melvin L. Chambliss, 52, of the 1900 block of Hopkins Road.


At approximately 1:54 a.m., officers received a call for shots fired the 1900 block of Hopkins Road. Officers arrived and found Chambliss, an adult male, down and unresponsive in the rear parking lot of an apartment complex. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.
Chambliss was pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective G. Bailey at (804) 646-6743 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.
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Victim Identified in North Avenue Death Investigation


July 23, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the female who died during a triple stabbing last night on North Avenue as Vivian L. Robinson, 50, of the 4300 block of North Avenue.


At approximately 11:53 p.m., officers were called to a residence in the 3300 block of North Avenue for the report of an argument and persons stabbed. Officers arrived and found four individuals who were involved in the incident, a male and three females. The three females had suffered from stab wounds. Two were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening and Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.


Detectives have opened a death investigation for this incident and are consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to determine possible charges.


Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at
www.7801000.com.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Victim Identified in North Avenue Homicide


July 22, 2017

The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim of Friday’s homicide on North Avenue as Michael D. Johnson, 25, of the 2700 block of North Avenue.


At approximately 8:47 p.m.,
officers received a call for shots fired the 2700 block of North Avenue. Officers arrived and found Johnson, an adult male, down and unresponsive on the sidewalk. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

Johnson was transported to a local hospital where he died Friday night. The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.


Anyone with information about this homicide 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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Hopkins Road Homicide


July 22, 2017

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred early this morning.


At approximately 1:54 a.m.,
officers received a call for shots fired the 1900 block of Hopkins Road. Officers arrived and found an adult male down and unresponsive in the rear parking lot of an apartment complex. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.


Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective G. Bailey at (804) 646-6743 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.



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North Avenue Homicide


July 22, 2017

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred Friday night.


At approximately 8:47 p.m.,
officers received a call for shots fired the 2700 block of North Avenue. Officers arrived and found an adult male down and unresponsive on the sidewalk. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

He was transported to a local hospital where he died Friday night. The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.


Anyone with information about this homicide 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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Friday, July 21, 2017

Search Continues for Man Suspected of Inappropriate Touching of a Female


July 21, 2017

Richmond Police detectives continue to search for the man, in the attached photo, who is suspected of inappropriately touching a female earlier this year.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, a female in the area of Monument Avenue and Robinson Street reported the male, in the photo, touched her inappropriately before he fled from the scene.

Detectives from Major Crimes were given the attached photo as part of their investigation. Detectives have sent the photo to precinct patrol officers and detectives in an attempt to identify him.

Detectives ask anyone who can identify this individual to call Det. J. Higgins at (804) 646-7570.

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. Crime Stoppers is anonymous.


Suspect Sought in Breaking and Entering in Fan Home

July 21, 2017

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the photos who is suspected of breaking and entering into a residence earlier this morning.

At approximately 10:20 a.m., an unknown man was found inside of a home in the 1100 block of Floyd Avenue The suspect fled the scene after the victim discovered he was inside of the home. No items were reported stolen.  He was last seen going northbound on Harrison Street.

The suspect is described as a bald black male with dark complexion with possible dark facial hair. He is approximately in his mid-30s, 200 pounds, and 6’0” in height. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a tan baseball hat, gray polo T-shirt, blue shorts and dark-colored tennis shoes.


Detectives ask anyone with any information about this incident 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.


Missing Northside Man Sought


July 20, 2017

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man, Steven Kershner, who has been missing since earlier this month. His photos are attached.


Kershner, 38, was last seen the morning of July 7 leaving his residence to walk to Staff Zone on Hospital Street, but never arrived. He is described as a black male with a light complexion, 5’8” tall, with brown eyes and black hair close to shaven or bald, and weighing approximately 125 pounds. He has tattoos on his neck, chest, and hand. He can usually be found wearing red and black shoes.


Detectives do not suspect foul play at this point.


Anyone who sees Steven Kershner or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Mills at (804) 646-6734 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.





 

Report to the Community

January 20, 2017

WHAT:                 Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham to Address 2017 Crime Trends & Homicides


WHEN:                10:00 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2017
WHERE:               RPD Headquarters, 200 W. Grace St., 2nd Floor

BACKGROUND: 
RPD Chief Alfred Durham will update the community on crime trends in the city in 2017.


“As the chief law enforcement officer in Richmond, it is my job to keep the public informed about crime in the city,” said Chief Durham. “I will analyze the crime statistics for the first six months of the year and answer questions about our homicide investigations.”


Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring will also speak.


The media are encouraged to attend.