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Quick arrests made in Franklin Street robbery

Info on a robbery at 21st and Franklin from Sector 111 Lt.Sayles:

Unfortunately we had another robbery but on a positive note the victim was quick to call 911 and gave good descriptions. Great communication by the officers and detectives, we managed to arrest both suspects.

On May 28th at approximately 2035 hours a female victim was robbed by two black male suspects. The victim observed the two suspects walk past her and then moments later turn and start walking back in her direction. This behavior was odd to the victim and she became suspicious of their actions.

Before she could do anything the suspects were upon her and one pointed a handgun at her and the other was attempting to take her purse. She screamed and struggled with the suspects which caused them to flee on foot taking her purse and contents.

The victim approached a citizen whom allowed her to use their cell phone to call 911. The victim provided a detailed description of the suspects and location of the incident.

Units were in the area and searched for the suspects. Two suspects were located along with other evidence of the crime. Shortly after this a positive identification was made of the suspects and they were arrested.

The suspects were charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The victim was not injured during the incident and property belonging to the victim as well as a BB gun used by the suspects was recovered.


crd 06/04/2015 at 6:11 PM

Good work RPD!

laura 06/04/2015 at 6:33 PM

another great job from the RPD!

Lauren 06/04/2015 at 7:10 PM

Why wasn’t the ethnicity of the woman revealed as well?

Lt. 06/04/2015 at 7:19 PM

Pretty work RPD.

Lee 06/04/2015 at 8:43 PM

@ Laura – Why would you describe the victim of a crime if the information is unnecessary? (Also, why do you ask? What’s your take/what’s at stake?) Suspects are generally described for the purpose of gathering information, no?

If I were to suppose that numerous women had their purses stolen on the same city block, and they each happened to be of a distinct ethnicity… then it would start to sound like I had to really make an effort to find a situation where that information would be relevant, wouldn’t it? Never mind protecting the victim of a crime.

Shane 06/04/2015 at 8:59 PM

I’ll say that unless this is part of a larger pattern the race of the perpetrators feels like extraneous information

WarGibFA 06/04/2015 at 9:42 PM

Hugs to the victim… what a crappy way to begin an evening.

WarGibFA 06/04/2015 at 9:52 PM

Edit: Quick question: does anyone know if these are the same gentlemen that stood up the Pizza Place in Shockoe Bottom last Sunday?

spacecat 06/04/2015 at 10:35 PM

@#9 Street thug robbers are not ‘gentlemen’. They are men, dudes, guys, perps, a**holes, but there’s nothing gentle about them.

A gentleman is a man of refined tastes and honorable actions.

WarGibFA 06/05/2015 at 8:42 AM

Apologies; meant to put quotes around that.

#12 06/05/2015 at 10:01 AM

#10: I’d argue that “men” isn’t a correct term for them either. I certainly don’t know any men that will gang up on a lone woman and rob her. They are “people” at best and I’m not even convinced of that.

Bill 3 06/05/2015 at 10:35 AM

Yeah, what the heck does the victim’s ethnicity matter?

JessOfRVA 06/07/2015 at 6:23 PM

Yaaaay 2 animals off the street because they don’t dignify the title of men or even boys!!! Go to jail, you law breakers, you!

Lauren 06/09/2015 at 8:44 PM

That the ethnicity of the robbers were revealed why not also the victim’s? I’m positive the victim was white. Why wasn’t that reported?


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