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Alert! Home Invasion Robbery

From the RPD and a tip from a neighbor. Note: While this is not technically in Church Hill, CHPN is interested in keeping you informed in regards to news from the East End.

Suspects Sought in Home Invasion

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the two males in the attached photos who are the suspects in a home invasion and robbery earlier this month. At approximately 11:50 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, a male reported the two unknown males in the photos and video knocked on his door in the 1700 block of North 24th Street and, when opened, brandished a handgun and forced their way into the residence.

The suspects robbed the victim of cash and electronics before leaving the residence in an unknown direction of travel. There were no injuries. The first suspect is described as approximately 6’3” tall, 200 pounds and in his early 30’s. The second suspect is described as approximately 5’ 9” tall, 170 pounds and in his late 20’s.

Detectives ask anyone with information about the identity of these suspects to call First Precinct Detective G. Drago at (804) 646-3395 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or online at Submit tips to GUN250 about persons illegally possessing guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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TigerLilly 01/11/2018 at 7:52 PM

Whywhywhy do people open their doors?- Open your door then you deserve what you get-

Jacob C. 01/11/2018 at 11:07 PM

@TigerLilly There is never an instance that someone deserves to have their home broken into and robbed at gun point. However, you should always use caution when someone unknown is at your door. It’s sad that this man was probably trying to be nice when he opened the door and this was the result.

Liz 01/12/2018 at 6:24 AM

Open your door and you deserve what you get? Wow, just wow. Yes, use caution as Jacob C. states but this man did not deserve this at all.

SA Chaplin 01/12/2018 at 7:49 AM

We have a plexiglass reinforced wrought iron storm door which we keep locked at all times. So, when I open the solid front door the visitor is on the other side of a locked door. More often than not, when someone rings the bell, it is someone I know.

Running Dog 01/12/2018 at 8:17 AM

Sad, be on your toes, alot of strange people lurking around on oakwood ave. We have several drug houses here and people are always coming and going, watch-out for the alley ways. Be safe.

Dave Seibert 01/12/2018 at 6:55 PM

That sucks. Wish we didn’t have to be so careful.

Tigerlilly 01/13/2018 at 6:27 AM

No one is going to tell myself who served three combat deployments in uniform, that opening my door is the correct choice. I am always armed if I do.

Tigerlilly 01/13/2018 at 6:30 AM

You all are so naive. Sadly. You give everyone the benefit of the doubt and situations like this occur-

Gustavo S. 01/13/2018 at 8:45 AM

I gotta say I agree with Tigerlilly here, not that our neighbor “deserved” it but that this showed a lack of judgement. I would not open the door to anyone I didn’t know after hours, period. I’ll call you a cab, I’ll call for help for you, or if I feel like there’s a potential safety issue, I’m going back inside.

Eric S. Huffstutler 01/13/2018 at 9:20 AM

@9 Gustavo S… I totally agree. We also DO NOT open the door for anyone we are not expecting nor calls first, especially after dark.

We have cameras pointed at the porch and door (front and back). We have windows above to see down to the porch (front and back). And we have windows flanking the front door and a set of French door style windows in the back and so… can see who it is before we even reach for the doorknob multiple ways.

Jennifer 01/13/2018 at 12:55 PM

Wow. The level of fear expressed here is amazing. I find this super sad. I think this fear of any and all strangers is causitive with the expressions of anger and violence that seem to be the new norm. I’d rather be mugged than spend my life avoiding all contact with anyone I don’t know. Most assaults are perpetrated by someone well known to the victim. Use your situational awareness, keep your stuff locked up, don’t give away personal info, trust your spidey sense, sure, but really? Constant fear of the world must not be much fun.

lanny 01/13/2018 at 2:56 PM

Quote from the movie “Crash” –

Anthony: Look around! You couldn’t find a whiter, safer or better lit part of this city. But this white woman sees two black guys, who look like UCLA students, strolling down the sidewalk and her reaction is blind fear. I mean, look at us! Are we dressed like gang-bangers? Huh? No. Do we look threatening? No. Fact, if anybody should be scared around here, it’s us: We’re the only two black faces surrounded by a sea of over-caffeinated white people, patrolled by the triggerhappy LAPD. So you tell me, why aren’t we scared?

Peter: Because we have guns?

Anthony: You could be right.

L 01/15/2018 at 11:56 AM

All of this talk about plexiglass storm doors and security cameras has me thinking: I just saw a wrought iron storm/security door at Lowes – the type you see around the neighborhood that scream “we didn’t want to put bars on our door but felt like we needed them.” That cost several hundred dollars. Cameras aren’t cheap either. The hardware for a peephole is around ten dollars or less and all you need to install it is the right size drill bit.

It won’t protect your packages are provide security footage, but it is definitely safer than opening the door – and probably safer than French doors or doors with windows.


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