Richmond police patrol activity report: July 18-21

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The Richmond Police Department regularly releases an overview of recent significant incidents its patrol officers responded to in the city. The segment is an overview and does not reflect the entirety of service calls and reports taken throughout each shift.

RPD PATROL ACTIVITY REPORT – WEEKDAY SHIFT OVERVIEW: July 18-21, 2022

7/18/22-DECEASED PERSON

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Potrero Avenue to investigate a suspicious vehicle. The reporting party was concerned after the vehicle had not moved for several days. Upon investigation, a deceased person was located in the vehicle. There were no signs of foul play. The Contra Costa County coroner was notified, and responded to the scene. #5731

7/18/22-WARRANT ARREST

A juvenile, who was wanted for a firearms and gang-related warrant, arrived at Richmond Police Department with his parents to turn himself in. He was taken into custody without incident and booked at Juvenile Hall. #3949

7/18/22-HEALTH EVALUATION

Officers responded to the 1700 block of Regatta Boulevard, to check on a subject who was possibly experiencing mental health crisis. On arrival, the subject was uncooperative and combative with officers. After a brief struggle, he was detained and transported via ambulance for further health evaluation. #5747

7/18/22-RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY AND ASSAULT

Officers responded to the 2700 block of Clinton Avenue for reports of an assault. The victim reported that his adult son, who he had a restraining order against, had arrived and broken into his residence. The son assaulted the father, who fled the residence while summoning police. When officers arrived, the suspect was uncooperative and refused to exit. Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect, however he attempted to flee from the rear of the residence and over a fence; after a short struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. #5755

OPERATIONAL STAFFING SHORTAGE – FORCED OVERTIME (Teams 1,2,3): Eight ( officers and one (1) sergeant reported for forced and/or mandatory overtime shifts, to meet minimum staffing requirements.

7/19/22-UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

An RPD officer conducted a vehicle enforcement stop in the area of 3rd Street and Nevin Avenue. Upon contacting the driver, officers saw large amounts of suspected marijuana within the vehicle, in plain view. A search of the vehicle yielded more than 2.5 pounds of illegally possessed marijuana within the car. The driver was taken into custody without incident. #5765

7/19/22-WARRANT ARREST

Officers responded to the area of Harbour Way South and Cutting Boulevard for reports of a possible burglary. On arrival, officers located a suspect that matched the description provided by the reporting party. The suspect was determined to have active warrants and was arrested without incident. #5767

7/19/22-DOMESTIC BATTERY

Officers responded to the 100 block of Marina Lakes Drive on reports of a battery. The victim and her boyfriend were involved in argument; when the victim attempted to leave, the suspect physically grabbed her, causing injury. The suspect fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. #5771

7/19/22-ATTEMPTED MURDER / OUTSIDE AGENCY ASSISTANCE

Officers responded to the 900 block of S. 55th Street for reports of shots fired. Due to the close proximity to city limits of El Cerrito, El Cerrito PD also responded. On arrival, officers found a victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound, and the suspect had fled the area. Shortly thereafter, RPD dispatchers received reports of a prowler in the nearby area. The prowler was determined to be the suspect from the shooting, and detained at a nearby residence without incident. The incident was later determined to have occurred in El Cerrito city limits, and ECPD personnel assumed the investigation.

7/19/22- THEFT

Officers were flagged down at Walmart by security, in reference to a petty theft. Security guards pointed out a suspect who had stolen property and requested the property be returned. Officers contacted the suspect and convinced him to return the property; while giving the items back, the suspect attempted to assault the security guard. Officers quickly intervened and, following a brief struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. #5780

7/19/22-INDECENT EXPOSURE, WARRANT ARREST

Officers responded to the area of W. Richmond Avenue for reports of an indecent exposure. The victim reported that the suspect had exposed himself to her. Officers detained the suspect without incident, and a records check revealed that the suspect had an outstanding parole warrant for his arrest. Furthermore, he had been arrested three times for indecent exposure since his release from prison in November 2021. He was booked at the RPD jail. #5784

7/19/22-ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

Officers responded to the 1200 block of Parkway Drive for reports of shots fired. The caller reported hearing gunshots in the area, and then seeing a vehicle speeding away. While investigating, two victims arrived at a local hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Officers learned that the victims had attempted to sell their vehicle, when an argument ensued and the suspect shot at both victims. The victims quickly fled the scene in their vehicle, and the suspects were not located. #5790

7/19/22-DOMESTIC BATTERY

Officers responded to the 2300 block of Emeric Avenue for reports of a domestic battery. The victim reported that the suspect had physically assaulted her during an argument. The suspect was arrested without incident. #5792

OPERATIONAL STAFFING SHORTAGE – FORCED OVERTIME (Teams 1,2,3): Five (5) officers, one (1) sergeant and one (1) lieutenant reported for forced and/or mandatory overtime shifts, to meet minimum staffing requirements.

7/20/22-FALSE ID TO POLICE OFFICER

An RPD officer conducted an enforcement stop in the 2300 block of MacDonald Avenue. The driver did not have any identification, and gave conflicting answers regarding his name. The subject was transported to RPD to be fingerprinted and identified; once at the jail, he admitted to lying about his name because he believed he had warrants – which he did not; he was released on a signed citation. #5795

7/20/22-DECEASED PERSON

Officers responded to the zero-hundred block of Park Court on reports of a subject who had collapsed. RFD responded and provided medical aid, however the subject was unable to be revived. There were no indications of foul play, and the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office was notified. #5809

7/20/22-INDECENT EXPOSURE

Officers responded to the area of Washington Avenue and Cottage Drive on reports of an indecent exposure. The victim reported the suspect had exposed himself to her; the suspect was located and detained without incident. The victim signed a citizen’s arrest and the suspect was booked into the RPD Jail. #5811

7/20/22-ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

Officers responded to a local hospital, after a victim of a stabbing arrived there. The victim, who was suffering from non-life threatening injuries, was uncooperative and would only say the incident occurred in the area of 8th Street and Lucas Avenue. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate a crime scene. #5812

7/20/22-POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Officers responded to the 1100 block of MacDonald Avenue for reports of a subject trying to cash fraudulent checks. Officers arrived and detained the suspect, who was attempting to drive away. Officers determined that the suspect attempted to cash fraudulent checks, stolen from a business that had been burglarized the previous week. The suspect also had active warrants for his arrest, and was booked at RPD jail without incident. #5817

7/20/22-WARRANT ARREST

Officers responded to the area of Hoffman Boulevard and South 31st Street regarding a subject who was appeared to be tampering with vehicles. Officers arrived and located the suspect, and a records check revealed he had an active parole warrant for his arrest. The suspect was transported and booked at the RPD jail. #5819

7/20/22-HIT AND RUN WITH INJURY

Officer responded to the area of Harbour Way South and Ohio Avenue for a vehicle collision. On arrival, they located one vehicle that had been struck head-on by another vehicle, causing injury to one of the occupants. The other vehicle had then fled the area. Through their investigation, officers determined the suspect vehicle was possibly racing another vehicle just prior to the collision. Officers were able to get a license plate of the suspect vehicle. The investigation is ongoing. #5820

OPERATIONAL STAFFING SHORTAGE – FORCED OVERTIME (Teams 1,2,3): Five (5) officers, one (1) sergeant, and one (1) lieutenant reported for forced and/or mandatory overtime shifts, to meet minimum staffing requirements.

7/21/22-FALSE REPORT OF AN EMERGENCY

Officers responded to the 6000 block of Giant Rd for reports of an active shooter. The caller reported there was a shooting and they were hiding inside the building. The caller’s GPS confirmed they were at the location. Officers responded to the location, an approximately 117,000 square foot warehouse building, and onsite security was unaware of any issue.

Staff were unable to immediately account for all employees, and a thorough search of the entire building was conducted to ensure their safety. While officers were conducting the search, the original caller’s cell phone showed they had left the area. Officers determined the report was false and identified the owner of the cellphone that had placed the call.

Approximately 5 hours later, employees reported seeing a suspicious subject on the property. The subject attempted to flee, but was detained without incident; officers were able to determine that he was, in fact, the subject who had falsely reported the shooting. The suspect was arrested without incident. #5828

7/21/22-CARJACKING

Officers were flagged down in the 1400 block of Hilltop Mall Road on reports of a carjacking. The victim reported that, while sitting in his vehicle, a suspect approached, pointed a firearm at him, and ordered him to exit his vehicle. The victim complied, and the suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle. #5829

7/21/22-DUI

Officers were flagged down regarding a subject passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in the 4200 block of MacDonald Avenue. Officers contacted the driver, who was asleep at the wheel of the running car; the driver exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol, and was arrested without incident. #5830

7/21/22-SEARCH WARRANTS

RPD detectives, with the assistance of RPD specialized tactical teams, conducted two search warrants in the Central District related to an ongoing human trafficking case; two suspects were arrested as a result of detectives’ follow-up investigation. #4721

7/21/22-ARMED ROBBERY

Officers responded to the 2000 block of Barrett Ave on reports of a robbery. The victim reported they were standing outside, when two suspects approached them and brandished firearms. The suspects demanded the victims’ money, and they complied. The suspects then fled the scene. #5854

7/21/22-WARRANT ARREST

While patrolling the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue, an RPD officer recognized a subject with an outstanding arrest warrant. Officers detained the subject, confirmed his identity and the arrest warrant, and booked him at the RPD jail without incident. #5852

7/21/22-ARMED ROBBERY

Officers responded to reports of a robbery in the 100 block of S. 7th Street. The two victims had just exited the store when the suspect ran up to them and brandished a firearm. The suspect demanded the victims hand over their wallets, and they complied. The suspect then ran away from the scene. #5855

7/21/22-DUI

Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop for erratic driving in the 200 block of South Garrard Blvd. The driver exhibited signs of being intoxicated, and performed poorly on sobriety tests. The suspect was arrested without incident. #5854

7/21/22-ASSAULT

Officers responded to the 2600 block of Ohio Avenue regarding an assault that had occurred. The victim reported that the suspect had vandalized the victim’s vehicle with a heavy object and, during the altercation, struck the victim with the object. The victim was not injured. The alleged suspect, who was not on scene, provided a conflicting statement via phone and advised officers of an ongoing dispute between both parties, with a pending court date. The incident was documented for further investigation. #5857

7/21/22-DOMESTIC BATTERY

Officers responded to the 600 block of 16th Street regarding an assault that had occurred. The victim reported being physically assaulted by the suspect during a heated argument. The suspect fled the scene and was not located. #5860

OPERATIONAL STAFFING SHORTAGE – FORCED OVERTIME (Teams 1,2,3): Seven (7) officers, two (2) sergeants, and one (1) lieutenant reported for forced and/or mandatory overtime shifts, to meet minimum staffing requirements. One additional shift (officer) vacancy was filled by the Patrol Operations police captain.