Stepped-up police enforcement at Monterey Pines Apartments leads to gun arrest

23rd Street fight turns fatal

Stepped-up police enforcement at Richmond’s Monterey Pines Apartments — where a fatal shooting Tuesday killed Fontino Hardy Jr., 29, and seriously injured a 17-year-old boy — led to an arrest Thursday near the scene of the homicide and seizure of a loaded pistol, police said.

James Baldwin, 22, of Richmond was arrested on charges of possessing a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a gang enhancement following a foot chase with officers Thursday, police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Friday.

At about 10 p.m., detectives patrolling the complex in order to curb retaliatory violence stemming from Tuesday’s murder noticed a group gathering in the parking lot where Hardy was killed in the 600 block of Berk Avenue.

As they approached the group, Abetkov said, two individuals known to the detectives began running through the complex. While in pursuit, Baldwin allegedly threw a rolled up sweatshirt into the landscaping and continued running. Officers were able to catch up and detain both individuals, and a police dog was used to help locate the discarded sweatshirt, which contained the pistol, Abetkov said.

Police are still searching for suspects in Hardy’s killing.

In announcing Thursday’s arrest on Twitter, police Chief Chris Magnus used the hashtag: ‪#‎NoRetaliatonHere‬