March 21, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY TO BUSINESS AND GUNSHOT WOUND

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating an attempted armed robbery and gunshot wound that occurred at a local tavern overnight.  On Monday, March 20, 2017, at approximately 11:35 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police and medical assistance to the Blue Jacket Inn, located at 3219 George Washington Highway, for a man who was shot during an attempted robbery.

According to detectives, the suspect entered the business, displayed a handgun and attempted to rob the employees of U.S. currency.  The victim, who was a patron of the business, attempted to intervene during a robbery and was shot in the upper torso.  The suspect, a juvenile male, was immediately apprehended by other patrons inside the business and held until officers arrived.  The victim sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The juvenile suspect is currently in police custody and charges are pending against him.  No additional information will be released until detectives complete their initial investigation or charges are filed against the suspect.  Detectives also want to remind citizens that it is safer to follow the instructions given by a suspect and be a good witness during a crime such as a robbery to avoid getting injured.

 

March 13, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH POLICE CHIEF ROLLS OUT NEW INITIATIVE TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

Today, Portsmouth Police Chief Tonya Chapman, rolled out her new initiative to reduce gun-related violence in the City of Portsmouth.  Her 1G-4-PEACE initiative allows all citizens to specifically notify the Portsmouth Police Department through the Portsmouth Crime Line, that someone has a gun on school property, is carrying an illegal or stolen gun, is in possession of a gun as a convicted felon, or has committed a crime with a gun that they still possess.  1G-4-PEACE is the newest initiative of her Community Awareness Reduction and Engagement (C.A.R.E.) program which is dedicated to ensuring the community is aware of how they can reduce violence in their neighborhoods by becoming engaged with their law enforcement partners.

The 1G for Peace initiative is simple.  It allows all citizens to specifically notify the Portsmouth Police Department through the Portsmouth Crime Line, that someone has a gun on school property, is carrying an illegal or stolen gun, is in possession of a gun as a convicted felon, or has committed a crime with a gun that they still possess.  The 1G for Peace initiative is part of her C.A.R.E. program which is dedicated to ensuring the community is aware of how they can reduce violence in their neighborhoods by becoming engaged with their law enforcement partners.

Notifying the Portsmouth Crime Line of a firearm related tip is easy.  The tipster just texts: PORTSMOUTH 1G4PCE + their tip about the firearm crime to the word CRIMES (274637).  The tip information will be sent directly to the Portsmouth Crime Line and tipsters will remain 100% anonymous.  Tipsters will be able to interact with a representative of the Portsmouth Crime Line quickly, assisting police with getting these guns off the street and help reduce violence in the community.  Remember using 1G4PCE is for firearm related tips only and is specific to the City of Portsmouth.  To give information about any other crime, please omit the 1G4PCE after PORTSMOUTH.

“In continuing our efforts to build trust and collaborative partnerships with our community, we believe it is important to reward citizens for taking an active role in partnering with the Portsmouth Police Department in reducing crime and gun violence in our city.  By reminding citizens of the partnership we have with the Portsmouth Crime Line who take anonymous tips and pay a cash reward of up to $1000 if the tip leads to an arrest, we hope to generate a response to action within the community.  We need our citizens to assist us with information on crimes without the fear of reprisal and this can be accomplished through the Crime Line.  We wanted to remind everyone that the Crime Line is one way to get us the information while remaining completely, and 100% anonymous,” said Portsmouth Police Chief Tonya Chapman.  In addition to this newest initiative, Chief Chapman has also rolled out numerous other programs and initiatives to strengthen the bond and rebuild trust between her officers and the community that they serve.  “We are committed to the safety and well-being of every citizen in the City of Portsmouth.  The ultimate goal is to help make a difference in the community by reducing crime and enhancing the quality of life for all Portsmouth citizens,” said Chapman.

March 9, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

POLICE AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP LEADS TO THE RECOVERY OF POSSIBLE WEAPON USED IN HOMICIDE

The Portsmouth Police Department wants to thank the anonymous citizen who bravely packaged a firearm that was possibly used in a homicide, to be mailed to our agency.  Recently, the Portsmouth Police Department was notified by a U.S. Postal worker of a package that was found in a mailbox and addressed to the Portsmouth Police Department.  The package contained a firearm that the anonymous sender believed was used in a homicide.  Portsmouth’s Police Chief Tonya Chapman wants to thank the citizen for their gallant effort to get us the evidence needed to further our investigation and the U.S. Postal Carrier for contacting our agency after coming across the package.  However, Chief Chapman would also like to remind citizens that mailing evidence that may have been used during a crime, especially a firearm, is not safe and that there are other options available to them to ensure the police department receives this type of property and evidence.

“We are committed to the safety and well-being of every citizen in the City of Portsmouth.  By reminding citizens of the partnership we have with the Portsmouth Crime Line to receive anonymous tips, we are hoping to generate a response to action within the community.  We need our citizens to continue to assist us with information on crimes without the fear of reprisal and this can be accomplished through the Crime Line.  We want everyone to know that contacting the Portsmouth Crime Line is one way to get us information while remaining 100% anonymous, and you can earn a cash reward of up to $1000 if your information leads to an arrest” said Portsmouth Police Chief Tonya Chapman.  The goal of the police department’s partnership with the Portsmouth Crime Line is to help make a difference in the community by reducing crime and enhancing the quality of life for all Portsmouth citizens.

Because of this incident and her Community Awareness Reduction and Engagement (C.A.R.E.) Program, Chief Tonya Chapman will be rolling out her newest initiative 1-G-4-PEACE within the coming days.  This new initiative is geared at anonymously alerting police to firearm related crimes through the Portsmouth Crime Line’s text-a-tip line.  More information on this initiative is coming soon.

 

March 2, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING MOTHER AND SON

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman and her child.  According to detectives, 36-year-old Christina Smith and her 11-year-old son, Emmanuel Wade were last seen at walking from their home in the 4600 block of West Norfolk Road toward Cedar Lane, at approximately 5:45 p.m. yesterday evening.  Since then, family members have been unable to locate or contact Ms. Smith and her son.  Detectives are concerned for the well-being of this mother and her son because they both have medical conditions that require daily medication, which they do not have with them.

Christina Smith is a black female that stands 5’8” tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.  She has black hair, brown eyes and a lion tattoo on her arm.  Her son, Emmanuel Wade, is a black male that stands 5’2” tall and weighs approximately 90 pounds.  He has black hair, brown eyes, and a light burn mark on his face.  If you have seen Christina Smith or Emmanuel Wade or know their whereabouts, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or Detective A. Mannings at (757) 718-6781.

 

February 28, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE OVERNIGHT SHOOTING INCIDENT AS HOMICIDE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into the shooting death of a man overnight.  At approximately 12:05 a.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police and medical assistance for a male who was shot in the 2500 block of Portsmouth Boulevard.  When officers arrived, they found an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen.  Medics transported the male to a local hospital for treatment, but he died as a result of his injuries.  The victim has been identified as 44-year-old Mamtonio Bunch of Portsmouth.

At this time, detectives do not have a motive or suspect information in this case.  They are asking anyone with information about this shooting 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.

 

February 28, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY TO LOCAL BUSINESS

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Robbery Unit are continuing their investigation into an attempted armed robbery that occurred at a local convenience store.  On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at approximately 1:14 a.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting assistance to the 711 Convenience Store, located at 700 Mt. Vernon Avenue, for an attempted robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, a male suspect with most of his face and body covered, entered the business displaying a handgun and demanded money from the employees.  The employees locked themselves in the office of the business and refused to come out.  The suspect then left the business empty handed.  No one was injured during the incident.

Detectives need your help identifying three suspects they believed are involved in this case.  As a result of their investigation, detectives have located surveillance video footage showing three individuals, one matching the clothing description of the suspect, walking toward the business just moments before the attempted robbery occurred.  They are asking anyone with information about this incident or who can identify the males pictured in the surveillance video footage to 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. 

 

February 24, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH POLICE ARREST SEVERAL MEMBERS OF LOCAL STREET GANG

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Portsmouth Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit, supported by the agency’s Special Investigations Division, Street Crimes Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Forensics Unit, Uniform Patrol and Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office arrested several members of a local street gang.  In consultation with the Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, gang investigators conducted a long-term investigation into the local street gang known “Swag Over Everything” or S.O.E. for short.  According to investigators, the gang began operating in the City of Portsmouth in an informal capacity.  Members of the gang were to display their “Swag” by dressing fashionably and doing whatever it took to maintain respect in the gang world.  As S.O.E. began to grow in popularity, numerous sets began to form and all members paid allegiance to S.O.E.  The members S.O.E. and its various sets, committed criminal acts such as burglaries to benefit the gang.

As a result of their dedicated investigative work on this case, 89 charges were obtained on eleven members of the “Swag Over Everything” criminal street gang.  Each suspect arrested has several charges ranging from, but not limited to gang participation, burglary, possession of firearm by convicted felon, receipt of stolen firearm, conspiracy, grand larceny, destruction of property, receipt of stolen property, trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, and obstruction of justice.

Arrested suspects:

23 year-old Daquan J. Crawford of the 800 block of Hancock Avenue, Portsmouth was charged with one count of gang participation, one count of receipt of a stolen firearm, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

19 year-old Malik D. Harris of the 100 block of Howard Street, Portsmouth was charged with two counts of grand larceny, one count of gang participation, one count of burglary, and one count of destruction of property.

17 year-old Portsmouth male was charged with one count of gang participation, one count of receipt of stolen property, and one count of conspiracy.

17 year-old Portsmouth male was charged with two counts of receipt of stolen property, one count of gang participation, one count of trespass upon church property, and one count of trespass upon railroad tracks.

17 year-old Portsmouth male was charged with four counts of receipt of stolen property and one count of gang participation.

17 year-old Chesapeake male was charged with one count of gang participation, conspiracy, and one count of receipt of stolen property.

16 year-old Portsmouth male was charged with eight counts of gang participation, four counts of receipt of a stolen firearm, three counts of conspiracy, six counts of grand larceny, two counts of burglary, and two counts of destruction of property.

16 year-old Portsmouth male was charged with two counts of receipt of a stolen property, two counts of conspiracy, and one count of gang participation.

16 year-old Portsmouth male was charged with four counts of receipt of stolen property, three counts of gang participation, two counts of grand larceny, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of obstruction of justice.

Investigators are still attempting to locate 18 year-oldJhamie Valentine of the 40 block of Dale Drive in Portsmouth.  Valentine has active warrants for gang participation, receipt of stolen firearm, and conspiracy.  In addition, an 18 year-old Portsmouth male, who was 17 years-old at the time of his offenses, has active warrants for seven counts of gang participation, five counts of grand larceny, three counts of receipt of stolen property, two counts of burglary, two counts of destruction of property, and one count of conspira


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