December 28, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING DISCOUNT STORE ROBBERY

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local discount store.  On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at approximately 9:58 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting assistance to the Family Dollar Store, located at 3400 George Washington Highway, for a robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, the suspects entered the business, with their faces covered and displaying handguns.  The suspects approached the employees and demanded money.  The employees complied with the suspects’ demands and the suspects fled the location on foot.  No one was injured during the incident.

The first suspect was last seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie, light-colored jeans, dark-colored shoes, and was armed with a handgun.  The second suspect was last seen wearing all dark clothing, dark-colored shoes, light-colored gloves, and was also armed with a handgun.  Both suspects had their faces covered.

Detectives need your help identifying the suspect involved in this case.  They are asking anyone with information about this incident or who may recognize the suspect in the surveillance video to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887).  Tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  Tipsters can also submit their tips via the new P3 Tips app at www.p3tips.com.  If a tipster’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

December 20, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH POLICE CHIEF ADDRESSES 2017 HOMICIDE RATES

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are working diligently to crack six remaining unsolved homicide cases.  Since January 1, 2017, the Portsmouth Police Department has investigated a total of 16 homicides.  As a result of great work by detectives, ten of the 16 homicides have been solved.  While the number of homicides for 2017 has increased from 13 to 16 since 2016, it is important to point out that the homicide rates for 2016 and 2017 are lower than the 27 homicides that occurred in 2015.  Furthermore, of the 10 homicides that have been solved in 2017, the act was not random as the victim and suspect were known to each other.

“We are reminded that even one homicide in the City of Portsmouth is one too many.  We want our community to know that we are doing all that we can to attain justice for the families of these victims.  As the Christmas holiday approaches, we understand that 16 families are without their loved ones for the first time and that six of those families are enduring the painful reminder that the person who took their loved one from them has not been charged.  Rest assured, we are diligently and actively working all of these unsolved cases,” said Chief Tonya Chapman.  “Furthermore, the number of homicides Portsmouth has seen this year is one of the lowest compared to other cities in Hampton Roads” added Chapman.

Since taking the oath of office as Portsmouth’s Top Cop in late February 2016, Chief Tonya Chapman has developed and successfully implemented numerous outreach programs to address crime in the city and rebuild trust within the community.  Several of these programs have shown immediate results, whereas long-term success results have begun to emerge with other programs.  From her Chief’s Forums and C.E.O. (Community Engagement Opportunity) walks to the revitalization of the Police Explorers Program, Police Cadet Program and institution of the Coloring with a Cop, Y.A.P.C.C. (Young Adult Police Chief’s Commission), and FBB (Faiths Behind the Badge) programs, Chief Chapman has found a way to connect her officers with nearly every member of the community.  Moreover, Chief Chapman has responded to traumatic events within the community, such as homicides, with the development of her R.E.S.E.T. (Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma) walks.  These walks occur directly after the traumatic event to help facilitate healing within the community.  These walks have been the basis of similar walks by other jurisdictions in Hampton Roads.

“Rest assured, the safety and security of our Portsmouth Community is of the utmost importance to the Portsmouth Police Department.  As we continue to work toward solving all unresolved cases in Portsmouth, we recognize that there are times when we need help from the community.  Therefore, I encourage anyone who has any information about any unsolved case to let us know.  If you do not want to be identified, you can call our community partners at the Portsmouth Crime Line (1-888-LOCK-U-UP) to report your anonymous tip.  If your tip leads to an arrest, you can earn a cash reward of up to $1000 from the Crime Line,” stated Chapman.

 

December 20, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

 

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into a robbery that occurred at a local convenience store early Monday morning.  On Monday, December 18, 2017, at 3:55 a.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting assistance to 711 Convenience Store, located at 3201 George Washington Highway, for a robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, the suspect came into the store and made a purchase.  When the clerk opened the register, the suspect forcefully took money from the register while threatening the clerk.  The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and he fled the location on foot.  No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male with black hair, mustache andthin beard.  He was last seen wearing a black and white short-sleeve shirt, black baseball cap and beige pants.

Detectives need your help identifying the suspect involved in this case.  Anyone who may recognize the suspect in the surveillance photographs to call the anonymous Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887).  Tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  Tipsters can also submit their tips via the new P3 Tips app or via the Portsmouth Crime Line Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Portsmouthcrimeline.  If a tipster’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

December 7, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING OVERNIGHT CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local convenience store.  On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at approximately 2:03 a.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police assistance to 711 Convenience Store, located at 4001 Greenwood Drive, for a robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, the suspect ran into the store, jumped over the counter, displayed a knife and demanded money from the clerk.  The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and the suspect fled the location on foot.  No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male who was last seen wearing a dark colored pants, burgundy and gray hoodie and light-colored shoes.

Detectives need your help identifying the suspect involved in this case.  They are asking anyone with information about this incident or who may recognize the suspect in the photographs to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887).  Tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  Tipsters can also submit their tips via the new P3 Tips app or via the Portsmouth Crime Line Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Portsmouthcrimeline.  If a tipster’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

November 29, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING EVENING CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local convenience store last night.  On Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at approximately 8:58 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting assistance to the 711 Convenience Store, located at 3500 Victory Boulevard, for a robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, the suspect ran into the store, jumped over the counter, displayed a large knife and demanded money from the register.  The clerks complied with the suspect’s demands.  The suspect fled the location on foot.  No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male who was last seen wearing a medical mask, blue pants, red shirt and white shoes.

Detectives need your help identifying the suspect involved in this case.  They are asking anyone with information about this incident or who may recognize the suspect in the surveillance video to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887).  Tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  Tipsters can also submit their tips via the new P3 Tips app or via the Portsmouth Crime Line Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Portsmouthcrimeline.  If a tipster’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

November 28, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen.  According to detectives, 14-year-old Kamayiah Wheeler was last seen leaving Woodrow Wilson High School on foot and heading toward Airline Boulevard at approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.  No one has seen or heard from Kamayiah since she left school grounds.  Detectives are concerned for her well-being as she is currently in crisis and could try to harm herself.

Kamayiah Wheeler is a black female who stands approximately 5’2” tall and weighs 120 pounds.  Kamayiah has black hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing light blue pants, pink sneakers, blue jacket and pink headband.

If you have seen 14-year-old Kamayiah Wheeler or know her whereabouts, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887).  As always, callers are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  If a caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

November 22, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES SEARCHING FOR MAN WANTED ON SEVERAL VIOLENT FELONIES

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are searching for a man who they have charged with numerous crimes against a minor.  Just after 7:00 a.m., officers were called to the 3100 block of Reese Drive for a domestic dispute.  Upon arriving and assessing the situation, officers contacted investigators with the Special Victims Unit who have charged 38-year-old Steven M. Holmes of Portsmouth with several felonies to include: attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, abduction, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, and indecent liberties with a minor by custodian.  Holmes is currently wanted and not in custody.  Holmes is described as a black male who stands approximately 5’8” tall and weighs 178 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.

If you have seen Steven M. Holmes or know his whereabouts, detectives are asking you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887).  Tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  Tipsters can also submit their tips via the “P3 Tips” app available in the App and Google Play Stores. Tipsters can also submit a tip via the Portsmouth Crime Line Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Portsmouthcrimeline.  If their tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

November 17, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EVENING BUSINESS ROBBERY

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Robbery Unit are continuing to investigate an armed robbery that occurred in the city yesterday evening.  On Thursday, November 16, 2017, at approximately 7:02 p.m., police communications received a 911 call from the Foot Locker, located at 3929 Victory Boulevard, requesting police assistance for a robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, three suspects entered the business and took clothing merchandise from the racks.  At least one of the suspects implied that they were armed.  The employees complied with the suspects’ demands and no one was injured during the incident.

Detectives need your help identifying the suspects involved in this case.  They are asking anyone with information about this incident or who may recognize the suspects in the video to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887).  Tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  Tipsters can also submit their tips via the new “P3 Tips” app available in the App and Google Play Stores. Tipsters can also submit a tip via the Portsmouth Crime Line Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Portsmouthcrimeline.  If their tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

November 15, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman.  According to detectives, 52-year-old Pamela S. Lara was last seen at her home in the 900 block of Seventh Street at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  Detectives are concerned for Ms. Lara’s well-being because she suffers from a medical condition and no one has seen or heard from her which is unusual.

Pamela S. Lara is a white female who stands approximately 5’8” tall and weighs 114 pounds.  She has brown hair and green eyes.  She was last seen wearing a floral print jacket, green pants, white t-shirt and light colored shoes.  If you have seen Pamela Lara or know her whereabouts, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or Detective R. Moore at (757) 235-5704.

 

November 9, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH MAN ARRESTED FOR DEATH OF TODDLER

 

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit have charged a Portsmouth man in connection with the death of a two-year-old boy.  On October 26, 2017, at approximately 2:05 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting medical assistance to the 1600 block of Cavalier Boulevard for a toddler in medical distress.  Medics arrived and transported the toddler to CHKD for treatment.  Once the toddler arrived at the hospital, it became apparent that his condition was the result of trauma to his head.

Detectives immediately began to investigate the incident as a child abuse/neglect case involving serious injury.  On October 28, 2017, detectives were notified that the two-year-old boy had succumbed to his injuries and they began investigating the case as a homicide.  On November 8, 2017, detectives arrested 26-year-old Bodacious A. Crocker of Portsmouth, in connection with the child’s death.  Crocker is charged with second degree murder and is currently in the custody of the Portsmouth City Jail.

 

November 9, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX CRIMES AGAINST A MINOR



 

In June 2017, detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit began conducting an investigation after a police report was filed for the long term sexual abuse of a juvenile female under the age of 16.  On July 24, 2017, detectives charged and arrested 36-year-old Antwann Miller of the 100 block of Peninsula Avenue, Portsmouth, in connection with this case.  Miller was charged with several sex related crimes including aggravated sexual battery, sexual object penetration, and indecent liberties with a child by custodian.

Detectives continued to thoroughly investigate this case and, as a result of their findings, submitted paperwork to the Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney’s office requesting additional charges against Miller through indictment.  A grand jury certified over two dozen indictments against Miller for sexual related crimes to include two counts of rape, four counts of forcible sodomy, four counts of object sexual penetration, six counts of aggravated sexual battery, six counts of indecent liberties with a child by custodian, and six counts of indecent liberties with a child.  Miller was served his indictments on November 6, 2017.  He is currently in the custody of the Hampton Road Regional Jail.

 

November 8, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES NEED ASSISTANCE IDENTIFYING ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department’s Robbery Unit are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects believed to be involved in several street robberies that have occurred throughout the City of Portsmouth.  As a result of their investigation, detectives have located surveillance video photographs of these suspects.  If you recognize the males pictured in the photographs or have information about any crime in Portsmouth please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887). Callers are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.  Tipsters can also submit their tips via the new “P3 Tips” app found in the Google Play and iTunes store or via Crime Line’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/portsmouthcrimeline

 

November 6, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

INVESTIGATION INTO AFTERNOON SHOOTING OF FEMALE OFFICER CONTINUES

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into the shooting of a Portsmouth Police Officer this afternoon.  At approximately 2:45 p.m., a female police officer radioed to dispatch that she had been shot and needed immediate medical assistance in the 2500 block of Hickory Street.  Responding officers immediately began rendering first-aid to the wounded officer until medics arrived and transported her to a local hospital.  The officer underwent surgery for her injuries and is currently in critical, but stable condition.  A short time after the shooting occurred, officers located the 15-year-old male suspect and took him into custody.  Charges against the suspect are pending.

The investigation into this shooting is on-going and no additional information is available at this time.  Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen something, heard something or have any information about this incident to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887). As always, callers are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  If a caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

November 2, 2017

Contact: Officer Ricky Wright, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH POLICE INVESTIGATED A BARRICADED SUBJECT

The Portsmouth Police Department and Portsmouth SWAT team responded to the 300 block of North Street for a barricaded subject this morning.  According to officials, 50-year-old Darryle T. Murriell was inside the residence when the Portsmouth Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire. Portsmouth Emergency Communications dispatchers received the call at approximately 8:52 am. In response to statements made by Mr. Murriell to Fire Department personnel, the Police Department was notified and responded to assist in the investigation.

During the incident, it was discovered that Mr. Murriell had an active Capias Warrant on record. Once the incident was over he was taken into custody for that warrant. Additional charges for Mr. Murriell may be pending. The incident was resolved peacefully and no parties were injured. The Portsmouth Police Department would like to thank the citizens for being patient and staying clear of the area during the incident, which aided in a peaceful solution.

 

October 30, 2017

Contact: Officer Ricky Wright, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE MID-DAY BURGLARY INCIDENT

Investigators with the Portsmouth Police Department are continuing their investigation into a burglary that occurred on Sunday, October 29, 2017.  At approximately 12:03 p.m., police communications received a 911 call regarding a residential burglary in progress in the 1100 block of Tatem Avenue. When officers arrived on scene, they observed individuals exiting the residence. One of the individuals was armed, which resulted in an officer-involved shooting incident.

Portsmouth Police Department requested the Virginia State Police to investigate the officer-involved shooting incident.  All questions pertaining to the officer involved shooting should be directed to their department. At this time the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome investigation.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident or any crime that has occurred in the City of Portsmouth to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠. As always Crime Line callers are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.


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