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Richmond Police names Captain Michael Bender new LGBTQ liaison

“Captain Bender took over as the commander of the Community, Youth, and Intervention Services (CYIS) Unit earlier this year and I am pleased he has agreed to assume this additional duty,” said Chief Smith. “It’s a natural fit because he leads many of our outreach efforts.”

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Chief William Smith has named Captain Michael Bender as the Richmond Police Department’s new liaison with the LGBTQ community in Richmond.

“Captain Bender took over as the commander of the Community, Youth, and Intervention Services (CYIS) Unit earlier this year and I am pleased he has agreed to assume this additional duty,” said Chief Smith. “It’s a natural fit because he leads many of our outreach efforts.”

Captain Bender replaces Captain Daniel Minton as the RPD’s LGBTQ liaison. Captain Minton is now the commander of Fourth Precinct.

“I appreciate Captain Minton’s assistance with the transition into this role over the past few months.  My goal is to build on the strong foundation that he has established,” said Captain Bender. “I want to continue to enhance the relationship between RPD officers and members of the LGBTQ community.”

An RPD spokesperson says they’re proud to make Captain Bender available in a variety of forums as the LGBTQ liaison.  Citizens can chat with him at events such as community walks or meet with him anonymously about LGBTQ concerns.

Captain Bender is a 24-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department.

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City of Richmond declares State of Emergency due to “credible threats” related to planned protests

The city’s declaration opens up funds for emergency use and was voted into effect unanimously by City Council Monday evening.

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The City of Richmond and Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration has declared a State of Emergency for the city due to what officials call “credible threats” of violence related to planned protests leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th.

The declaration follows Governor Ralph Northam’s declaration of a statewide State of Emergency, which allowed the administration to send National Guard troops and State Troopers to Washington, D.C. to help with security, logistics, and other immediate needs following the insurrection at the Capitol last week.

The city’s declaration opens up funds for emergency use and was voted into effect unanimously by City Council Monday evening.

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Police seek suspect in armed robbery on West Hill Street

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached surveillance photos, who are suspects in a commercial armed robbery that occurred last month.

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached surveillance photos, who are suspects in a commercial armed robbery that occurred last month.

At approximately 8 p.m. on December 14, 2020, the two male suspects walked into the Tiger Martconvenience store, located at 200 West Hill Street, displayed firearms, and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then fled on foot, but security video captured them getting into a small white Toyota SUV (photos attached).

Anyone with information about their identity is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective K. Robinson at (804) 646-6820 or contact 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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Arrest made, man charged in Brookland Park Boulevard double fatal crash from Thanksgiving Day

The Richmond Police Department’s Special Operations Division-Traffic Crash Team, with the assistance of the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, has made an arrest in connection to the double fatal crash that occurred on Thanksgiving Day.

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The Richmond Police Department’s Special Operations Division-Traffic Crash Team, with the assistance of the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, has made an arrest in connection to the double fatal crash that occurred on Thanksgiving Day.

Ryann Daniels was captured yesterday afternoon by deputies in Currituck County. At approximately 1:30 p.m., the deputies responded to a report of the wanted subject at a residence. As the deputies approached the residence, Daniels fled on foot into a wooded area on the backside of the property. A K-9 unit, accompanied by several deputies, tracked Daniels and took him into custody.

Daniels has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. His booking photo is attached. He is currently being held at the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office detention center on a $500,000 bond.

At approximately 7:54 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2020, Daniels was driving a pick-up truck westbound on Brookland Park Boulevard, disregarded a red light and entered the intersection of Chamberlayne Avenue – striking two vehicles, including an SUV, that were traveling southbound on Chamberlayne Avenue.

All three vehicles then collided with three vehicles that were stopped in the eastbound lanes of Brookland Park Boulevard.

Karen Murphy and Kevin Hancock were in the SUV. Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene. Hancock was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

“It is always tragic losing a loved one, but especially on a holiday centered on time spent with family. We want to send the victims’ families our sincerest condolences during this difficult time,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith. “Our crash team investigators have been working diligently to apprehend the suspect. I would like to thank them and the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office for their tremendous work.”

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator D. Olson at (804) 646-1664 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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