Friday, March 21, 2014

March 20 – March 21, 2014

Today’s Good News
One week ago today would have been Joel S. Heatley’s 47th birthday. Though another man violently took his life, Richmond Police officers and city prosecutors worked hard to make sure his family received justice and that the man who murdered him was found, arrested and convicted of the crime. Third Precinct Officers Jose Marte and Richard Redford were the first officers to arrive that day and secure the scene. They quickly began gathering evidence and notifying detectives.

A great team effort was done by Homicide D Team, comprised of Detective John Bandy (lead investigator) and Detective Sergeant Bill Brereton and Detectives Arcellious Demery, Conrad Simms and Mac Adams. Detective Sergeant Michael Mocello and Detectives Victoria Griffith-Matko, Kevin Hughes, Jeff Deem and Amira Sleem also assisted with the case. 

Forensic Detectives Gene Provost (lead forensic investigator), Howard Gittman, and Mary Gary also did a great job processing the scene while Detective Sandy Ledbetter-Clarkson and the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force, as usual, quickly and safely arrested the suspect after warrants were obtained for his arrest.

The case was prosecuted by Supervising Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth Hobbs who diligently prepared for the murder trial, which was set to go forward this past Monday. Without that preparation, there is no way the suspect would have pleaded guilty and accepted such a substantial sentence. The suspect pleaded guilty to second degree murder and a judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison with 20 years suspended.

Deputy Chief John Buturla had this to say to everyone involved: “Great job in bringing this case together – from the patrol response, investigation, apprehension and the efforts to prosecute him. Thank you all, and great teamwork.”

DISCLAIMER: The following incidents are preliminary in nature and are subject to change after investigation.  Please note that the entries listed below do not cover every incident from overnight. The listings are subject to the judgment of staff officers’ sense of what is noteworthy.


2nd Precinct
3/21/14             2:41 a.m.
600 block of Queen Anne Drive
A male reported a known female assaulted him. An arrest was made.

PROPERTY CRIMES                                                                                     

1st Precinct
3/20/14                         5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2200 block of Venable Street
An unknown person(s) broke into the residence and stole two TVs.

2nd Precinct
3/20/14                         1:55 a.m. – 2:03 a.m.
5696 Hull Street Road
An unknown person(s) broke into the business.

3rd Precinct
3/17/14 – 3/20/14           2:36 p.m. – 2:36 p.m.
3507 W. Cary St.
A known person(s) stole several items from the business.

3rd Precinct
3/20/14                         7:27 p.m. – 7:28 p.m.
6808 Midlothian Turnpike
An unknown person(s) stole money from a wallet in the building.

4th Precinct
3/20/14                         12:01 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
3000 block of Groveland Avenue
An unknown person(s) entered the vehicle and stole a license plate.

4th Precinct
3/20/14                         9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
200 block of West Main Street
Two unknown males entered the unlocked vehicle and stole a cell phone.

4th Precinct
3/19/14 – 3/20/14           10:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2800 block of 2nd Avenue
An unknown person(s) stole a tire off of the vehicle.

4th Precinct
3/20/14                         7:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
4000 block of Piney Road

An unknown person(s) broke into the residence and stole several items.