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Man who set Tommie the pit bull on fire sentenced to five years in prison

As part of a plea agreement, Hill will serve five years in prison, the maximum sentence allowable by law, without the possibility of parole. In addition, he will have three years of post-release supervision by the court. He is also barred from owning or possessing animals for life.

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The person accused of killing a pit bull by setting it on fire earlier this year, Jyahshua A. Hill, 20, of the 1300 block of St. Peter Street, pleaded guilty today in Richmond Circuit Court to one count of Felony Animal Cruelty.

The pit bull, named Tommie by rescuers, was treated for his injuries, which included burns on over 40% of his body. His death caused outrage in the Richmond area and spurred donations to Richmond Animal Care & Control, a vigil, and contributions for a final resting place at a local pet cemetery.

As part of a plea agreement, Hill will serve five years in prison, the maximum sentence allowable by law, without the possibility of parole. In addition, he will have three years of post-release supervision by the court. He is also barred from owning or possessing animals for life.

Hill was accused of tying a pit bull to a fence in Abner Clay Park, dousing it with a flammable liquid, and setting it on fire last February. The dog, named Tommie by rescuers, was treated for severe burns but died five days later. He was arrested in May, shortly after he was indicted by the Multi-jurisdictional Grand Jury on one count of Felony Animal Cruelty.

Contributions in Tommie’s memory are still being accepted by Richmond Animal Care and Control.

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VIDEO: Suspect sought in serial destruction of property at downtown law firm

Security video shows the suspect outside Tavenner & Beran, PLC, located at 20 N 8th Street, on Saturday, September 19. The most recent incident occurred on September 21.

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Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man in the photo and video shown here who intentionally cut the phone and internet cables to a private law firm on several occasions this year.

Security video shows the suspect outside Tavenner & Beran, PLC, located at 20 N 8th Street, on Saturday, September 19. The most recent incident occurred on September 21.

Detectives believe this suspect opened the electrical box and cut the wires inside back in January. After a lock was installed, he proceeded to cut all the wires to the electrical box again.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective J. Land at (804) 646-3103 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Suspect sought in downtown convenience store robbery

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the photo who stole hundreds of dollars worth of candy from a convenience store earlier this month.

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Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the photo who stole hundreds of dollars worth of candy from a convenience store earlier this month.

On Sunday, September 13, an unknown male entered the BP in the 2600 block of East Main Street. He removed a garbage bag from his pants and then went to the candy aisle and filled the entire bag with candy. The suspect left the store and was last seen walking to a hatchback vehicle.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call First Precinct Detective T. Wilson at (804) 646-0672 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.

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RPD Seeking GRTC Pulse Assault Victim, Man Wanted for Attacking Woman

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the victim of a recent assault on a GRTC Pulse bus to come forward.

At around noon on August 31, 2020, security video shows a man rising from his seat on a GRTC Pulse bus. As he steps towards the back of the bus, he intentionally and forcefully strikes the victim, seated directly behind him, in the head. The suspect pretends to slip, and then slips near the driver. We covered the victim’s face for her safety, but detectives would like to speak to her about the incident. The suspect eventually exited the bus.

The same man is suspected in two other random attacks on women in the City of Richmond, as well as another assault of a woman in Henrico County.

At around 10:15 a.m. on August 31, 2020, security video shows the elderly victim using a cane to cross East Broad Street at North 4th Street. When she reaches the sidewalk, the suspect punches her in the face with such force she’s knocked to the ground. The suspect walked away.

At around 3:45 p.m. on July 21, 2020, security video shows the victim on her phone and the suspect seated directly in front of her. As the bus approaches a stop, the suspect leans back and elbows her in the head and chest. The suspect again pretends he slipped and fell, then elbows the victim in the head a second time. The suspect exited the bus.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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