Police blotter: Children witness gun incident

Chief Magnus: Year-to-date Richmond crime down in nearly all categories

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of threatening his girlfriend with a gun in front of her three children Monday morning, according to the Richmond Police Department.

Officers responded to the first block of West Macdonald Avenue about 10:15 a.m. on a report of domestic violence incident that had occurred in an apartment.

The suspect was located by police in the parking lot at West MacDonald and First Street and was in possession of a loaded semiautomatic handgun, Richmond police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The suspect allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and brandished a gun “in a threatening manner,” although it wasn’t immediately known if he pointed the gun at her, Abetkov said. One of the children present during the alleged assault is his, she added.

The man’s identity is not being released due to the sensitive nature of domestic violence cases, Abetkov added.

The suspect, who was on felony probation for a narcotics-related conviction in San Francisco, was booked on charges of domestic violence, child endangerment, probation violation and for possessing a firearm as a felon.

Young prostitute picked up

On Tuesday night, Richmond officers picked up a 14-year-old runaway from Alameda County who was allegedly soliciting for prostitution on 23rd Street, police Chief Chris Magnus reported.

“These are very tough cases to handle,” Magnus said on the Police Department’s Facebook page.