February 15, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EARLY EVENING ROBBERY TO LOCAL DISCOUNT STORE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local discount store this evening.  At approximately 9:07 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police assistance to Dollar General Store, located at 1711 Effingham Street, for a robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, the suspect approached the clerk, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register.  As the clerk was attempting to comply with the suspect’s demand, several public safety radios being carried by Portsmouth Firefighters inside the business, were alerted and drew the suspect’s attention to them.  It appears that the suspect was unaware of their presence inside the store.  Upon hearing the alert tones, the suspect immediately fled the business on foot and empty handed.  No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male who was last seen wearing all black clothing and a white mask.  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 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.

 

January 28, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES ARREST MOTHER IN INFANT DEATH CASE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit have arrested a mother for the death of her newborn child.  On Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 2:40 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting medical assistance to the 60 block of Merrimac Drive for a female who was possibly in labor.  Once medics arrived at the location they attempted to assess the female, but she would not cooperate.  Medics then transported the female to a local hospital to be assessed by medical staff.

 

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the female produced a plastic bag, containing an unresponsive newborn baby boy, to the medical staff who were assisting her.  The newborn baby boy was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  At approximately 3:20 p.m. the same day, detectives were alerted to the child’s death and responded to the location.  After a complete investigation into this case, detectives have arrested the mother, 40-year-old Donita M. Hawkins of Portsmouth, in connection with the baby’s death.  Hawkins is charged with 2nd Degree murder and is currently being held in the Portsmouth City Jail.

 

January 23, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE ROBBERY OF LOCAL CHINESE RESTAURANT

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local Chinese restaurant this evening.  At approximately 7:14 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting assistance to the China Ocean Chinese Restaurant, located at 1505 London Boulevard, for a robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, a male suspect, with his face covered, entered the business and demanded money from the employees at gunpoint.  No one was injured during the incident.

At this time, the only description that detectives have about the suspect is that he was a black male.  Detectives are asking for your help in identifying the suspect involved in this case.  Anyone with information about this case or who may know the male involved is asked 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.

 

January 23, 2017Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE ROBBERY OF LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local convenience store this evening.  At approximately 6:37 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting assistance to H & H Grocery, located at 1622 South Street, for a robbery that had just occurred.  According to detectives, two male suspects, with their faces covered, entered the business and demanded money from the employees at gunpoint.  The employees complied with the suspects’ demands.  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 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.


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