Richmond police opened fire on a man who allegedly attempted to ram his car into an officer Monday night, but the suspect apparently escaped without injury.
The incident unfolded about 9:30 p.m. in the area of 2nd Street and Macdonald Avenue, where police responded to a report of a disturbance.
The suspect had reportedly kicked in a door at an apartment complex and rammed his car into a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the complex, police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Tuesday. After officers arrived, the suspect tried to run over one of the cops, Abektov said, so officers opened fire at his car, striking it. The suspect was apparently not hit by the gunfire. He drove off in the car, crashing two blocks away at Chanslor Avenue, but managed to avoid capture after fleeing on foot. The investigation is ongoing.
Violent robber arrested
A man accused of punching a woman before stealing her phone in Richmond was arrested after police responded to a report of a separate crime.
The violent robbery occurred about 2:20 a.m. when the woman was walking home in the 6100 block of Panama Avenue, Abektov said.
She was approached by a man and woman. The man struck the victim, stole her phone and fled with the other woman, Abetkov said.
A short time after the victim called police, officers responding to a a report of a home burglary elsewhere in Richmond came across a man and woman matching the description of the robbers from Panama Avenue.
The victim positively identified the 34-year-old man as the attacker, and he was booked into county jail, Abektov said. The suspect’s name has not been released. The woman who was with him was released from custody without charges.