Richmond police pull over wrong car; arrest still made

Even though Richmond police officers who were investigating an assault case pulled over the wrong car, an arrest was still made.

A 25-year-old man who happened to be driving a vehicle that was nearly identical to one driven by a possible assault suspect was pulled over and arrested in Richmond on Sunday for possessing a firearm, police said.

Police were responding to a call of a possible assault on a child about 2 p.m. when they pulled over a vehicle in the 1300 block of Hellings Street, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Tuesday.

“Basically [the 25-year-old man] happened to drive by in a car that was almost identical to the suspect vehicle and got stopped for investigative reasons and was found to have a gun in his waistband,” Abtekov said.

The gun was a Beretta 9mm pistol, police said.

It turned out there was no merit to the child assault case that had originally been called into police, Abektov said.