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Police investigating homicide on West Broad

Even though the shooting occurred near the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, RPD detectives do not believe the incident is connected with the university. All three victims are not VCU students.

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Richmond Police detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred overnight on West Broad Street.

At approximately 2:44 a.m., Sunday, July 24, RPD officers were called to the 1300 block of West Broad Street for reports of random gunfire and persons shot. They quickly located three adult victims with gunshot wounds inside the common area of an apartment building. The victims were transported to a local hospital.

One of those victims, Erik R. McCorkle, 24, of the 1800 block of Regal Drive, Highland Springs, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The other two victims remain hospitalized; the female is in serious condition, the male has non-life threatening wounds.

Detectives are in the early stages of the investigation, but they believe the shooting stemmed from an argument between two groups of people. No detailed suspect descriptions are yet available.

“We know there were many people who witnessed this shooting and have valuable information to share,” said Major Crimes Captain James J. Laino. “With the right tip, we can make a quick arrest in this case.”

Even though the shooting occurred near the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, RPD detectives do not believe the incident is connected with the university. All three victims are not VCU students.

People willing to share what they know about this crime may call Major Crimes Detective David Burt at (804) 646-3913 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. Submit tips about persons in possession of illegally-held guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Suspect sought in indecent exposure incidents occurring in the Museum District

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the adult male in the photo who is suspected of peeping in windows and indecently exposing himself outside of homes on multiple occasions in the area.

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the adult male in the photo who is suspected of peeping in windows and indecently exposing himself outside of homes on multiple occasions in the area.

At approximately 10:03 p.m., Friday, December 2, officers responded to a report of a suspicious male looking into a window of a residence located in the 3100 block of Hanover Avenue. A victim has described the suspect as wearing a hoodie, jacket and a ball cap.  Surveillance camera footage shows the suspect on a porch exposing himself inappropriately.

RPD has increased patrols in the area and is asking that anyone with video or information please contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective O. Reyes at (804) 646-3874 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Richmond Police Officer Arrested Charged with Rape and Aggravated Sexual Battery

Yesterday Richmond Police Officer Jean Assad was arrested after the Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury issued two true bills of indictment for two felony charges.

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Yesterday Richmond Police Officer Jean Assad was arrested after the Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury issued two true bills of indictment for the following felony charges: 1) one count of Rape and 2) one count of Aggravated Sexual Battery.

Presently, Assad is being held without bond. His arraignment is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Friday morning in Richmond Circuit Court.

Assad has been with the Richmond Police Department since June 2017.

Assad remains in a leave without pay status as the Department continues its administrative process.

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Richmond Police identify 83-year-old victim struck and killed by vehicle outside Libbie Market

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained on scene.

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The Richmond Police Crash Team has identified the individual who died after being injured in a collision in a parking lot on Libbie Avenue as John Busch, 83, of Richmond.

At approximately 8:15 a.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Libbie Avenue, in the parking lot of Libbie Market, for the report of a person struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived and found a male, Busch, down and injured in the parking lot of a business after having been struck by a vehicle in the lot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained on scene.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene and interviewed the driver and witnesses. The investigation is ongoing. Investigators have not placed charges at this time.

Anyone with further information about this collision is asked to contact RPD Crash Team Sergeant D. Cuffley at (804) 646-3135.

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