May 22, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2017 CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN

 

As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, the Portsmouth Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket.  Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep you and your family safe, this national seat belt campaign will take place beginning May 22 through June 4, 2017 concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.

“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the serious injuries and loss of life that can occur when occupants inside a vehicle refuse to buckle up,” said Police Chief Tonya Chapman.  “Buckling up really is a simple and automatic reaction we should all have as soon as we sit down inside any vehicle.  As the much anticipated Memorial Day weekend quickly approaches and the summer draws near, we want to be sure that the public understands the importance of seat belt usage.  Through education, we can increase the likelihood that citizens are doing the one thing that can save their life if they were involved in a crash: buckling up.  If this enforcement crackdown serves as a wake up call to the dangers that unrestrained driving poses and gets them to comply with the law, then we can consider this campaign a huge success,” she added.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained.  At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed.  That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.  Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.

“Many of us know someone who was killed or lost a loved one in a crash because they did not buckle up,” said Strategic Traffic Unit Sergeant Kevin Parker. “Please, help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of inaction. Seat belts can save lives, and everyone regardless of whether you sit in the front seat or the back, if you’re a child or an adult, need to buckle up, every trip, every time,” he added.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

 

May 19, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE MID-MORNING BANK ROBBERY

 

 

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local bank this morning. At approximately 10:00 a.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police assistance to the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 2400 Airline Boulevard, for a robbery that had just occurred. According to detectives, the male suspect with his face covered, entered the business and demanded money from the employees at gunpoint. The employees complied with the suspect’s demands. No one was injured during the incident.
The suspect is described as a black male who stood approximately 6’-6’2” and weighed 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing light colored blue jeans, orange hoodie, white mask, dark colored gloves, and dark colored shoes.
Detectives need your help identifying the suspects involved in this case. They are asking anyone with information about this incident or who can identify the suspect pictured in the surveillance photographs 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.

May 8, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE ROBBERY TO 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 9:28 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police to respond to Jackie Chen’s, located at 5603 High Street W., for a robbery that had just occurred. According to detectives, the male suspect with his face covered and wearing all dark clothing, entered the business and demanded money from the employee at gunpoint. The employee complied with the suspect’s 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 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.

 

May 6, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EVENING SHOOTING INCIDENT

The Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an evening shooting incident that has left one person seriously injured. At approximately 8:59 p.m., an officer alerted police dispatch of a gunshot wound that walked into the Farm Fresh, located at 4000 Victory Boulevard. According to detectives, the adult male victim had sustained a life-threatening injury to the upper torso. Medics arrived and transported the male to a local hospital for treatment.
At this time, detectives do not have a suspect or motive in this case and are asking anyone with information about this shooting 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.

 

May 6, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE ROBBERY TO LOCAL PHARMACY

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a local pharmacy this afternoon.  At approximately 2:26 p.m. police communications received a 911 call requesting police assistance to the CVS Pharmacy located at 1800 Frederick Boulevard, for a robbery that had just occurred.

According to detectives, the suspect entered the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the employee.  The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and the suspect fled the scene.  No one was injured during the incident.  The suspect is described as a white male who was last seen wearing a green shirt and black and gray hoodie and black hat.

At this time, the investigation into this robbery is still ongoing.  Detectives are asking anyone with information about this or any crime 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.

 

May 4, 2016

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

EARLY MORNING CRASH ENDS IN FATALITY

Officers with the Portsmouth Police Department Strategic Traffic Unit are continuing their investigation into an early morning two vehicle accident that has left one person dead. Police Communications received a 911 call at 7:57 a.m. requesting police and medical assistance to the intersection of High Street and Jamestown Avenue for an accident with injuries. Upon arrival, officers found that a silver SUV and a motorcycle had collided.  The operator of the motorcycle was unresponsive and was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics. The motorcyclist has been identified as 28-year-old Matthew L. Williams of Portsmouth.

According to investigators, the victim was traveling westbound on High Street and the driver of the silver SUV was traveling southbound on Jamestown Avenue when the accident occurred.  The driver of the SUV stayed at the scene.  At this time, no additional information is available as the investigation into this accident is still ongoing.

 

April 28, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR CHILD TAKEN BY BIRTH MOTHER

 

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a little girl who was taken by her birth mother from Portsmouth.  According to detectives, 4-year-old Zhakiya H. Davis-Smith was last seen with her mother in the 900 block of Crawford Parkway at 4:45 p.m. by her legal guardians.  The mother, Kayla Cassell, does not have custody of Zhakiya and investigators believe that she is may be traveling in a gold colored vehicle.

Kayla Cassell is a 19-year-old black female who stands approximately 5’5” tall and weighs 130 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes.  Kayla Cassell was last seen wearing a black button-up sleeveless shirt, black pants, and black flip flops with a flower bow on them.

Zhakiya H. Davis-Smith is a 4-year-old black female who stands 3’2” tall and weighs approximately 50 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes. Zhakiya was last seen wearing a blue tank top with red, white and blue dots, dark blue jean shorts, and white ballet style shoes.  She has silver ball stud earrings in her ears.

If you have seen or know the whereabouts of 4-year-old Zhakiya Davis-Smith or her mother Kayla Cassell, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or Detective A. Mannings at (757) 718-6781.

 

April 28, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

CITIZENS AID OFFICERS IN ARRESTING A FIGHTING SUSPECT

Officers with the Portsmouth Police Department’s Uniform Patrol Division arrested a man last night after he assaulted an officer when he was being taken into custody.   On Thursday, April 27, 2017 at approximately 8:12 p.m. an officer working part-time at the Wal-Mart located at 1098 Frederick Boulevard noticed an individual who matched the description of a suspect being sought for a series of burglaries to closed businesses in Portsmouth.  As the officer was speaking with the suspect, another officer arrived on scene and the officer told the suspect he was under arrest.  As the officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, the subject began to struggle, falling to the ground on top of one of the officers.  The suspect then proceeded to strike the officer several times in the face before two citizens assisted the other officer with taking the suspect into custody.  The officer who was assaulted sustained minor injuries.

After the suspect was placed into custody, the citizens who assisted the officers left the scene.  Officers would like for the two citizens who assisted them to please reach out to the Portsmouth Police Department Public Information Officer at (757) 718-9031.  The suspect who assaulted the officer has been identified as 32-year-old Clinton T. Pickens of Portsmouth.  Pickens has been charged with Possession with the intent to distribute imitation narcotics, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.  Additional charges are pending against Pickens in reference to several burglaries investigators believe he committed.  Pickens is currently in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office.

 

April 27, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES CHARGE THREE JUVENILES IN CARJACKING INCIDENT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit have arrested three juveniles in connection with a car-jacking that occurred over the weekend.  On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at approximately 7:54 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police and medical assistance to the Goodwill, located at 3225 High Street, for a woman who was injured during a carjacking that had just occurred.  According to detectives, a male suspect entered the victim’s car as the victim stood on the other side of the vehicle speaking with another citizen.  As the suspect put the car in reverse to drive away, the victim opened another car door and was knocked to the ground when the vehicle began to move.  The fall caused the victim to suffer a serious head injury.  The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment where she remains in critical condition.

The suspect then drove away with the victim’s vehicle.  Later that evening, patrol officers located the victim’s stolen vehicle, occupied by two individuals, in the 1900 block of Deep Creek Boulevard.  One subject ran from officers and the second subject was immediately taken into custody.  The suspect who ran was taken into custody a short time later.  As a result of their collaborative efforts, officers and detectives were able to identify and charge the three suspects who were involved in this incident.

The first suspect charged is a 14-year-old male from Portsmouth.  He has been charged with car-jacking and aggravated malicious wounding.

The second suspect is a 14-year-old male from Portsmouth.  He has been charged with grand larceny.

The third suspect is a 17-year-old male from Suffolk.  He has been charged with grand larceny.

All three juvenile males are currently in the custody of Chesapeake Juvenile Services.  Due to the age of the suspects, their names and booking photographs will not be released.

 

April 24, 2016

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

AFTERNOON SCOOTER ACCIDENT ENDS IN FATALITY

Officers with the Portsmouth Police Department Strategic Traffic Unit are continuing their investigation into an afternoon scooter accident that has left one person dead. Police Communications received a 911 call at 12:33 p.m. requesting police and medical assistance to the 1800 block of High Street for a scooter accident with injuries. Upon arrival, officers found an adult female suffering from a head injury. Medics arrived and transported the female to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The victim’s name is not being released at this time.

According to investigators, the victim was traveling eastbound on High Street when the accident occurred, but no other information is known. Investigators believe that a white or silver Ford pickup truck traveling in the area during this time frame may have vital information about this accident and are asking that person to please contact them at (757) 393-8013.

As always, anyone with information about any crime in Portsmouth is asked 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.

 

April 20, 2017

Contact: Sergeant Joh Doyle

POLICE INVESTIGATE COMMERCIAL ROBBERY

On April 20, 2017, at approximately 1:30 P.M., officers with the Portsmouth Police Department responded to the Title Max business in the 2500 block of Airline Blvd for a report of a Robbery to the business.

Employees reported that two males entered the business, displayed a firearm and demanded money.  The suspects are described as black males in their late teens to early 20s wearing black hoodie sweatshirts and dark jeans.  After receiving an undetermined amount of money, the suspects left the business on foot and were later observed fleeing the area in a gold vehicle.

At this time, this is all the information available.

If you have any information as to the identity of the suspects seen on the surveillance video footage, please call the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887). You can also text PORTSMOUTH + your tip to the word CRIMES (274637) to send your anonymous tip to the Crime Line. Or you can send a tip via the Portsmouth Crime Line Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/PortsmouthCrimeLine and clicking “Contact Us”. 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.

 

April 19, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IN IDENTIFYING TWO PORCH PACKAGE THIEVES

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who stole a package from the porch of a home in the 100 block of Cheyenne Trail. The incident occurred on March 28, 2017, between the 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

If you have any information as to the identity of the suspects seen and heard on the surveillance video footage, please call the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887). You can also text PORTSMOUTH + your tip to the word CRIMES (274637) to send your anonymous tip to the Crime Line. Or you can send a tip via the Portsmouth Crime Line Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/PortsmouthCrimeLine and click “Contact Us”. 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.

 

April 17, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

POLICE ARREST SUSPECT AFTER VEHICLE PURSUIT AND STANDOFF

Officers with the Portsmouth Police Department’s Uniform Patrol Division arrested a man after he lead officers on a slow speed pursuit and four hour standoff.   On Sunday, April 16, 2017 at approximately 7:47 p.m. an officer on routine patrol located a vehicle being driven by a subject he knew had a revoked license.  The officer stopped the vehicle in the 500 block of Dinwiddie Street and as the officer approached the vehicle, the driver drove away.  Officers began to pursue the vehicle, who refused to stop.  During the pursuit, officers deployed spike strips in an attempt to end the chase.  As a result, one of the suspect’s tires was flattened, ending the pursuit in the 1200 block of Frederick Boulevard.  No accidents or damage to property occurred during the pursuit.

As officers approached the stopped vehicle, the suspect began brandishing a firearm and then pointed it at himself.  Officers pulled back and shut down the area to all traffic for the safety of motorists and citizens.  The Portsmouth Police Department Hostage Negotiator and SWAT Teams were activated and deployed.  Officers with the Chesapeake Police Department and Virginia State Police also responded to assist with the situation.  After several hours of negotiation, the suspect voluntarily gave up and was taken into custody without further incident at 11:42 p.m.  The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Abdullah A. Richardson of Portsmouth.  Richardson has been charged with Possession of Firearm by convicted Felon, Felony Eluding, Brandishing, Obstruction of Justice and Driving while Revoked.  Richardson is currently in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office.

 

April 14, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR CHILDREN ABDUCTED BY BIRTH MOTHER

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two children who were taken by their birth mother from Portsmouth.  According to detectives, 5-year-old Dominique Jarvis and 1 ½ year-old Messiah Jarvis were last seen at a home in the 1100 block of Carrington Crescent by their father earlier this morning.  The father, who has custody of the children, then received a message from the mother that generated a concern and he contacted police.  After their initial investigation into this case, detectives believe that the children will continue to remain in immediate danger if they are with their mother, Asia Jarvis.

Asia Jarvis is a 24-year-old black female who stands approximately 5’8” tall and weighs 215 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes.  Asia Jarvis was last seen wearing a blue night robe, green tights and an oversized shirt.  Asia currently has two active warrants on file for felony abduction.

Dominique Jarvis is a 5-year-old black male with brown hair and brown eyes.  Dominique was last seen wearing a blue and red shirt and pajama pants.  Messiah Jarvis is a 1 ½ year-old black male who has brown hair and brown eyes.  Messiah was last seen wearing yellow and black pants and a white t-shirt.

If you have seen or know the whereabouts of 5-year-old Dominique Jarvis, 1 ½ year-old Messiah Jarvis, or their mother Asia Jarvis, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or Detective A. Mannings at (757) 718-6781.

 

April 11, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EARLY EVENING SHOOTING INCIDENT

The Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an early evening shooting incident that has left one person injured.  At approximately 4:31 p.m., police communications received a call from a local hospital indicating that someone had walked into the emergency room with a gunshot wound.  When officers arrived at the hospital, they found an adult male victim suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his arm.  The victim indicated that the incident occurred in the 800 block of Martin Avenue and that he drove himself to the emergency room for treatment.

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

 

April 10, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EARLY MORNING SHOOTING INCIDENT AS HOMICIDE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into the shooting that injured one and took the life of another.  On Sunday, April 9, 2017 at approximately 2:12 a.m., police communications received a call requesting police and medical assistance for a male who was shot in the 2300 block of Charleston Avenue.  When officers arrived, they found an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso.  Medics arrived and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.  The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Maurice Gore of Portsmouth.

As officers continued their investigation into the shooting, police dispatch notified them of a gunshot wound that had just walked into the emergency room of a local hospital.  Officers responded to the hospital and located an adult male victim with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.  The male’s injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.

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.

 

April 7, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES SEEK TO IDENTIFY SUSPECTS CAUGHT ON VIDEO USING STOLEN CREDIT CARD INFORMATION

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Economic Crimes Unit are attempting to identify two suspects caught on surveillance video using a stolen credit card.  On March 25, 2017, just after 1:30 p.m., two unknown suspects entered the TJ Maxx located at 1241 Frederick Boulevard and used stolen credit card information to make a purchase. The suspects then left the business in an unknown direction of travel.

The first suspect is a black male with short black hair, brown eyes and facial hair. He was last seen wearing dark colored skinny jeans, navy blue t-shirt, white sneakers, and white belt.  The second suspect is a white male with a dark colored hair pulled into a small “man bun” and dark facial hair. He was last seen wearing a gold watch, white Adidas sneakers, black Daffy Duck sweat pants, and a red Nike t-shirt with the words “Good Things Come in Threes” on the front.

Anyone who can identify either of these suspects or may know their whereabouts is asked to call the Portsmouth 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. Callers may also text their tip by texting PORTSMOUTH + their tip to the word CRIMES (274637) or they can submit their tips via the Portsmouth Crime Line, Inc. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PortsmouthCrimeLine. 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.March 30, 2017

 

March 30, 2017

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR 12-YEAR-OLD RUNAWAY

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 12-year-old boy who ran away from his home this afternoon.  According to detectives, 12-year-old Joseph A. Drake was last seen at his home in the 100 block of Grand Street at approximately 3:30 p.m. by family members.  When family members returned home a short time later, Joseph was nowhere to be found and his bicycle was missing. Detectives do not believe Joseph is in any immediate danger as he has run away from home before.

Joseph A. Drake is a black male that stands approximately 5’ tall and weighs 100-125 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red and orange flannel shirt, blue jeans, neon green shoes and carrying a red, gray, and black book bag.  Joseph is possibly riding a black and red bicycle with 3 Star black rims.

If you have seen 12-year-old Joseph Drake or know his whereabouts, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or Detective A. Mannings at (757) 718-6781.

 

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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