Richmond police blotter for Beat 7 in May: prostitution stings, traffic busts, taco truck loiterer


The shooting of a pit bull, a couple of prostitution stings and an operation targeting drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks were among last month’s significant police incidents within the Richmond Police Department’s Beat 7, which encompasses a portion of Central Richmond (see map).

RPD’s priorities in terms of public safety for Beat 7 include stopping residential burglaries, prostitution along 23rd Street and public disorder crimes along the Macdonald Avenue business district, Capt. Manjit Sappal said in a recent newsletter.


May 8: A felony suspect barricaded himself inside his residence in the 3700 block of Garvin Avenue. Crisis Negotiation Team Officers Peixoto and Therriault were able to convince the suspect to surrender without incident.

May 12: An injury hit and run accident occurred at 23rd Street/Lincoln Avenue. A witness provided suspect information which allowed Traffic Officer Bell to make an arrest the following day.

May 14: Officer Rogers arrested a prostitute in the 700 of block 23rd Street for prostitution and outstanding warrants.

May 17: A shooting occurred in the 2900 block of Esmond Avenue as a known gang member was driving through the district. The victim was not struck by gunfire and the case is still open.

May 18: Officer Sousa contacted loiterers near the taco truck at 12955 San Pablo Avenue (Gonzales Restaurant). A suspect was arrested for being in possession of a firearm.

May 19: Officer Caine contacted a loiterer at McDonald’s restaurant at 2301 Macdonald Ave. The suspect was a sex offender out of compliance and was arrested.

May 22: The Traffic Unit conducted a pedestrian decoy operation in Beat 7 targeting motorists not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks. The operation yielded 50 crosswalk violation citations, 9 citations for unlicensed drivers, and 4 citations for driving with a suspended license. Traffic Officer Riley coordinated the operation.

May 23: Lt. Pickett coordinated an ongoing prostitution operation along the 23rd Street corridor. The operation resulted in five arrests for soliciting prostitution.

May 26: Traffic Officer Reid conducted a DUI arrest at Barrett Avenue/San Pablo Avenue with the assistance of a Korean translation service by telephone.

May 27: Officer Caine observed a known suspect seated in a car in the 800 block of McLaughlin Street. Officer Caine was aware the suspect had a suspended license and waited for him to drive away. Officer Caine conducted a traffic enforcement stop and subsequently arrested the suspect for being in possession of a loaded firearm.

May 27: Officers responded to a Shot Spotter activation in the 2700 block of McBryde Avenue. Officers discovered a large pit bull had been shot after it attacked its owner.

May 28: Officers responded to 3611 Andrade Avenue for a burglary of a foreclosed residence. A neighbor reported two suspects had removed a stove from the residence and drove away in a pickup truck. Officer Caine located the vehicle and arrested both suspects without incident.

May 29: Lt. Pickett coordinated an ongoing prostitution operation along the 23rd Street corridor. The operation resulted in the arrest of 3 suspects for prostitution and 1 suspect for soliciting prostitution.

May 29: Sgt. Lonso and Officer Radetich conducted a stop on a bicyclist in the 2400 block of Wendell Avenue and arrested the bicyclist for an outstanding theft warrant and for being in possession of methamphetamine.


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