From Henrico Police:
On October 26, 2018 at approximately 6:45 PM, a male suspect came into the Fink’s Jewelers located in the 11800 block of W. Broad Street and inquired about their Rolex watches. The suspect was shown a Rolex watch and after a short period of time of looking over the watch, the suspect acted as if he was taking the watch off his wrist. He then suddenly ran out the store with the watch in his hand. Once in the parking lot, the suspect entered the passenger side door of an awaiting vehicle. The vehicle appears to have been a red or burgundy, small SUV/Crossover style.
The suspect is described as a black male, 30 to 40 years old, 6’2” to 6’5” tall. The suspect may possibly have a faded tattoo on the back of his neck.
Henrico County Police Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person responsible for this crime. Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to contact Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000 or Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also download the “P3 Tips” app to their mobile devices and submit their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Richmond reschedules National Night Out events due to COVID-19 concerns
Events will be tentatively rescheduled for October 6th, 2020.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Richmond Police Department is rescheduling this year’s National Night Out.
National Night Out will be tentatively held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 conditions in Richmond,” police said in a release. “Please watch RPD’s social media sites for updates.”
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police‐community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
As we get closer to the rescheduled date, RPD will provide updates on the status of 2020 National Night Out.
Victim identified, suspect arrested in fatal accident on North Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Four people were transported to local hospitals for injuries. The victim died from her injuries on Sunday, July 12.
From Richmond Police:
The Richmond Police Department has identified the victim in a fatal accident on Friday, July, 10, as Acacia L. Gross.
On July 10, officers responded to the 1200 block of North Arthur Ashe Boulevard for a report of a six-vehicle accident.
The initial investigation indicates five vehicles were stopped at a traffic light at North Arthur Ashe Boulevard and West Leigh Street. The driver of the sixth vehicle was traveling north on Arthur Ashe Boulevard and ran into the back of Ms. Gross’ vehicle. Ms. Gross’ vehicle went airborne and landed in a parking lot. The sixth vehicle then caused a chain reaction crash with the other vehicles.
Four people were transported to local hospitals for injuries. Ms. Gross died from her injuries on Sunday, July 12.
The driver of the sixth vehicle has been identified as Susan A. Bain.
Bain is charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Anyone who witnessed or who has information about the traffic accident is asked to call Detective G. Drago at (804) 646-1369 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
Richmond man seen pepper-sprayed in video files suit against city, officer
As Smith filmed the officers after a night of protests, riots and looting, one deployed pepper spray in the direction of his open window. He says the chemical agent reached him and his belongings inside the apartment.
By Andrew Ringle
“They sprayed innocent people.”
That’s what Richmond resident Mikhail Smith said drove him to lean outside his apartment window in the early morning hours of May 31 and start filming what would soon become a viral video — police officers pepper-spraying pedestrians on the sidewalk outside his home.
As Smith filmed the officers after a night of protests, riots, and looting, one deployed pepper spray in the direction of his open window. He says the chemical agent reached him and his belongings inside the apartment.
Smith has now filed a lawsuit against the city and the unnamed officer. Smith said he is seeking $400,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
“I wish I could say it was the pepper spray that hurt the most,” Smith said in a news release. “It was not.”
Smith said he was “enraged and traumatized” after seeing police use force on “innocent people.”
After gaining attention on social media for the video, Smith said he endured “vitriol, hate, and unspeakable threats of violence.”
“Because of police action, I no longer have the privilege of just being an American living in peace,” Smith said. “I am emotionally in a state of war.”
Smith has attended demonstrations in Richmond since the death of George Floyd in May. Floyd died in Minneapolis while in police custody. On June 2, Mikhail Smith spoke directly to former Richmond Police Chief William Smith during a town hall held by Mayor Levar Stoney.
“I protest the police that do not do their job,” Mikhail Smith said. “This is not a war against police; this is a war against police brutality.”
Mikhail Smith said he does not take the legal action lightly and he does not intend to disrespect public safety institutions.
“I am not here to throw bricks at cop cars or at local shops downtown,” Mikhail Smith said. “I am here today laying brick-by-brick a monument that should stand as a monument to all the stress, pain, and anguish in my life and the lives of others.”
Chesterfield attorneys Gary Reinhardt and W. Barry Montgomery are representing Mikhail Smith in the lawsuit.
The Richmond Police Department did not respond to a request for comments.