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Violent armed robbery at Shockoe Bottom McDonald’s

Neighbors, continue to exercise caution:

Monday morning at 6:23 a.m. Richmond Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery that occurred in the 1800 block of East Broad Street at the McDonald’s restaurant.

The victim reported the suspect approached and stated, “Do you have a lighter.” The victim said no and the suspect displayed a firearm.  The victim was forced into their vehicle and forced to drive the suspect around the block.  The suspect assaulted the victim striking them in the head, causing minor injury.  The suspect was last seen getting into a dark blue 4 door vehicle.

Suspect/s: Black Male, 5’6, black coat, dark blue 4 door vehicle.  The vehicle was last seen headed northbound on 17th Street.

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Alexander Merrick-Tagore
Alexander Merrick-Tagore 10/23/2018 at 11:31 AM

I saw. Terrifying.

Tanya Zebroski
Tanya Zebroski 10/23/2018 at 11:36 AM

Omg , holiday season is coming, everyone be extea careful. All of the sudden all these shootings again, and robberies. Please stay safe. We need to come together as a community.

MP 10/23/2018 at 1:46 PM

Alexander, could you tell if the victim was a customer, or someone hanging around? THIS IS SO SCARY.

Rachel Woolwine Davis
Rachel Woolwine Davis 10/23/2018 at 3:13 PM

Find him and lock him up.

Katherine Jester
Katherine Jester 10/23/2018 at 5:29 PM

That Crack Donald’s is a helluva welcome off of 95. The owners can’t control the sidewalk but the police can. The Exxon is no better…clean it up! Please!

kay 10/23/2018 at 7:02 PM

I agree with Katherine…the bums hanging outside of that McDonald’s as well as more bums laying on the benches…panhandlers all over the place. This can’t be good for any business in the area. The police should start cracking down and get these people to the help they need.

Broad Street 10/24/2018 at 10:52 AM

Step one is for the City to remove all of the benches that still exist at the former bus stops. There is no need for a bench where there is no bus stop. Everyone who agrees should make a request to move the bench at or call the City Dept. of Public Works at 804-646-6430.

Step two is call police non-emergency at 804-646-5100 every single time you see a panhandler (note that panhandlers are not usually homeless) either act aggressively or appear to be in physical or health danger.

Step three is to never give to a panhandler. They are not usually homeless. Give to the food bank, Homeward, CARITAS or here:

This is simple broken windows theory. The flourishing panhandler environment and inattention to litter in the area tells criminals they can do what they want there. Everyone who sees something legit needs to report it to or by phone. Don’t assume anyone else has called. With schools taking every extra cent in the City’s budget, many citizens have to raise their hands many times to get any City resources.

EDS 10/25/2018 at 7:03 AM

Funny, how less than a year ago a food truck vendor talked about an experience with the gentlemen who works one of these corner At that time the feelings was against the law abiding driver. That we must feel and help those who panhandle.

Eric S. Huffstutler 10/25/2018 at 8:12 PM

This McDonald’s has become pure ghetto by the surroundings, who hangs out there, and even food service quality and building-parking lot cleanliness. I am not sure if the shelters drop off their overnighters there but there is a large congregation in the mornings at this location. Hookers too. Then, the store managers and employees cast a blind eye (afraid?) to call cops or go out and tell them to move on. It is harassment when they come up to you asking for cash handouts.

The Exxon across the street is even worse by letting people camp out on their property. I even saw someone squatting with their possessions on the sidewalk outside the station door! It overflows to the corners.

I thought at one time that anyone panhandling was required to register for a license to do so and anyone without one was arrested? Guess that, like so many “book laws”, are never enforced?

crd 10/26/2018 at 11:20 AM

@9, everyone I have seen is on the sidewalk. I rarely go to either the Exxon of McD’s but when I do (maybe twice a year) I have never been approached. Sidewalk is city property. Suggest you call 1st precinct and ask them for advice. Not meaning to be snarky just honest. I have no idea where you got the bit about panhandlers having to register for a license.

Joshua 10/29/2018 at 10:11 AM

If I remember correctly, the panhandler license was proposed and failed after the threat of an ACLU lawsuit some ten years ago.

Bill 10/29/2018 at 8:52 PM

This location was once considered the most image forming point of egress into the city.

SueWho 10/30/2018 at 2:29 PM

When the Richmond-Times Dispatch expanded and built their new offices downtown some years ago, they didn’t like the panhandlers from the Daily Planet milling around, neither did Ethyl Corporation and other downtown businesses. Some of the Daily Planets’s functions were moved to Shockoe Valley.

Yes, this major intersection and off ramp from I-95 was included in one of the master plans as a gateway into the city some years back. While the back and forth over Shockoe Bottom’s redevelopment lingered for years, the relocation of many of the services for the homeless population was moved to 17th Street/Oliver Hill Way.

Bill Hartsock 10/30/2018 at 7:58 PM

So what are you saying? Is this acceptable to occur in this location? I just drove by there and there is trash, clothing, and personal items all over the sidewalk around the bench. What does this say about the neighborhood when you first drive up Broad Street? Where is the responsibility? Let’s call Stoney. I’m sure he has an answer. Or at least a photo op to show that he’s interested.

SueWho 10/31/2018 at 9:42 AM

Bill, if your response was addressing my factually based knowledge and observations of this reality, free from emotional opinion, direct your anger toward the neighborhood associations that offered only a hiccup of a response when they knew the homeless would be moved to this location.

I was against this move because redevelopment was moving east and more panhandlers would be a major turnoff for business/restaurant patrons and tourists visiting this area; the east end and Shockoe Bottom have been labeled scary areas for decades. The McDonald’s and the Exxon Station have been a mess for years.

There is still no gateway plan that I know of to make this point of entry more attractive, and the bags of clothing and trash don’t help. The lots off of E. Broad St. create a vacant wasteland scene, along with the yet to be renovated buildings in The Bottom.

I wish there was a way to house the homeless permanently, but that has been an ongoing debate from all sides of the political spectrum. Perhaps the numerous east end churches, and folks in city government, could volunteer their time to practice what they preach. Keep the pressure on the city to do something; the police can only do so much by law.

Bill Hartsock 10/31/2018 at 6:02 PM

Sue, Please lighten up. I am in full support of what you are saying. I think we all need to put pressure on everyone of the stack-holders in this neighborhood to solve this problem.


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