One rock away from assault charges

01/08/2018 7:00 AM by

One of our neighbors wrote to us this week in what is another example of petty crime in the Church Hill area. However, in this situation, the experience bordered on assault. This is just one more incident in the long line of smashed car windows, burglarized automobiles, package theft, etc. While these are not uncommon in any major city, especially in emerging parts of a neighborhood, it is important that we all stay aware and report these events as they occur.

Just wanted to share an incident from this afternoon. My husband and I were driving home from the Target over on Laburnum and as we passed the cemetery and project housing complex at the intersection of Nine Mile and 31st our vehicle was struck by a rock thrown by a 17/18 year old male (in a large group), causing damage to one of our windows. The assailant and the group were highly combative and aggressive toward my husband when we pulled over to assess the damage and continued to throw things at us and our vehicle while we were on the phone with 911. We filed a police report but would like to spread the message to others to try to encourage everyone to continue filing reports about these types of incidents. This is directly following one of our vehicles being broken into and a package being stolen off our porch in the last month. We are not going to stand for this type of behavior around our neighborhood anymore and hope that the rest of Church Hill will band together to continue sending the message that criminal activity and general disrespect is not acceptable here.

Remember, if you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 immediately! In addition, the Richmond Police Non-Emergency Number is (804)646-5100.

Congressman A. Donald McEachin
Ask the Mayor
The Honorable Cynthia Newbille



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