May 14, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE TO INVESTIGATE OVERNIGHT OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING INCIDENT

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, at approximately 11:11 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police response to the 140 block of Navajo Trail for a possible armed home invasion.  Upon arriving at the residence, responding officers were confronted by two armed suspects.  The armed suspects failed to comply with officers’ commands to surrender and the officer discharged their duty weapon, striking one of the suspects.  The suspect was apprehended and taken to a local hospital and died shortly after due to injuries sustained.  The second suspect was taken into police custody.

Police Chief Tonya Chapman has requested that the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations investigate the incident.  As per standard operating procedures, an administrative investigation will be conducted by the Portsmouth Police Department Professional Standards Bureau and the officer involved will be placed on administrative leave.

 

May 11, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES ARREST SUSPECTS FOR THREATENING VICTIM AND FAMILY MEMBER

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit have arrested two 18-year-olds for threatening a robbery victim and his family member.  On Thursday, May 10 2018, detectives were notified that a robbery victim and one of his family members had threatening statements made to them by two individuals for their testimony against a robbery suspect on May 8, 2018.  After receiving this information, detectives conducted an immediate investigation into the threatening remarks and charged 18-year old Jonicia L. Harris of Portsmouth and 18-year-old Bruce L. Williams, Jr. of Portsmouth, with two counts of felony obstruction of justice each.  Both suspects were arrested today and are currently being held in the Portsmouth City Jail without bond.

 

April 20, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR RUNAWAY TEEN

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a teen who ran away from home Sunday morning.  According to detectives, 13-year-old Selena M. Salazar was last seen in the 10 block of Treemont Court at between 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018 and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Selena has not had contact with family members since she left her home.

Selena M. Salazar is a white female who stands approximately 5’ tall and weighs 148 pounds.  She has dark brown hair and brown eyes.  She was wearing a pair of black and white Adidas sneakers and carrying a black and white plaid bookbag.  No other clothing description is available at this time.

If you have seen 13-year-old Selena M. Salazar 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.

 

April 15, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE AFTERNOON SHOOTING INCIDENT

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an afternoon shooting incident that has left a man seriously injured.  At approximately 12:26 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting medical and police assistance to the 5100 block of George Washington Highway, for a male who was shot.  When officers arrived, they found an adult male victim suffering from a serious gunshot wound to his lower body.  Responding officers immediately used a tourniquet to stop the man from bleeding until medics arrived.  The male was then transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.  At this time detectives have not made an arrest in this case and they are asking anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  Callers can also submit anonymous tips through the new “P3 Tips” app available in the Google Play and App Store or by going to www.p3tips.com.  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 or the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

April 15, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EARLY MORNING SHOOTING INCIDENT

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an early morning shooting incident that injured three people.  At approximately 3:36 a.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting medical and police assistance to the 900 block of Suburban Parkway, for a male who was shot.  When officers arrived, they found an adult male victim suffering from a serious gunshot wound to his lower body.  Officers ascertained that the male was shot in the parking lot of Issabar, located at 1915 Victory Boulevard.  Medics transported the male to a local hospital for treatment.  As officers were gathering more information about the shooting, a second and third victim walked into a local hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to their lower body.  Both victims claimed they were also shot on Victory Boulevard.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing and no arrests have been made.  Detectives are asking anyone with information about this shooting to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  Callers can also submit anonymous tips through the new “P3 Tips” app available in the Google Play and App Store or by going to www.p3tips.com.  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 or the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

April 14, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE OVERNIGHT SHOOTING INCIDENT

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into a late-night shooting incident that injured three people.  On Friday, April 13, 2018, at approximately 10:18 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting medical and police assistance to the 2400 block of Airline Boulevard, for two individuals who were shot.  When officers arrived, they found two juvenile male victims suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to their lower body.  Both males were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Prior to police arrival, a third juvenile male who was also struck in the lower body was transported to a local hospital by personal vehicle with non-life-threatening injuries.  All three male victims were between the ages of 14-16 years old.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.  At this time detectives have not made an arrest in this case and they are asking anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  Callers can also submit anonymous tips through the new “P3 Tips” app available in the Google Play and App Store or by going to www.p3tips.com.  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, or the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

April 13, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Portsmouth man.  According to detectives, 68-year-old Anthony H. Andrews was last seen leaving the Roses Department Store, located at 3100 Airline Boulevard, at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018.  No one has seen or heard from Mr. Andrews since.  Detectives are concerned for Mr. Andrews’ well-being because he suffers from dementia and other medical conditions that require medication.

Anthony H. Andrews is a black male who stands approximately 6’ to 6’3” tall and weighs between 275-300 pounds.  He has black and gray hair and brown eyes.  Mr. Andrews also has a black and gray beard.  Mr. Andrews walks with a noticeable limp and has both his legs bandaged.  Detectives do not have a clothing description for Mr. Andrews at this time.

If you have seen 68-year-old Anthony H. Andrews or know his 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.

 

April 13, 2018       

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

OFFICERS INVESTIGATE EARLY MORNING FATALITY

Investigators with the Portsmouth Police Department Strategic Traffic Unit are continuing their investigation into a two vehicle accident that killed a man.  On Thursday, April 12, 2018, at approximately 2:53 a.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police and medical assistance on the Western Freeway eastbound, just across the Portsmouth City line, for an accident involving a tractor trailer and a black Kia Sorrento.  Upon arriving at the scene, officers found the adult male driver of the passenger vehicle out of the vehicle and unresponsive.  Medics responded and pronounced the male deceased at the scene.  The male has been identified as 52-year-old Albert D. White of Newport News.

As a result of their initial investigation, investigators believe that the front of the victim’s vehicle struck with the rear corner of the tractor trailer.  This collision caused the victim to lose control of the vehicle he was driving and crash.  The victim was ejected from the vehicle during the crash because he was not wearing his seatbelt.  The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured and remained at the scene.  No additional information is available for release at this time.

Do you have information about any crime in the City of Portsmouth?  Call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  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.

 

April 11, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE AFTERNOON SHOOTING INCIDENT

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an afternoon shooting incident that seriously injured a man.  At approximately 2:28 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting medical and police assistance to the 1500 block of Prentis Avenue for a male who was shot.  As the call was coming into dispatch, two detectives in the area working another case saw a someone lying in the roadway and responded to see what was wrong.  When they arrived, they found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.  Detectives noticed that the male was bleeding heavily and sprang into action.  One detective removed his necktie and used his police baton as a tourniquet to help stop the male from bleeding until medics could arrive and assess his wounds.  Once medics arrived, they transported the male to a local hospital with serious injuries.

At this time, detectives do not have a motive or suspect in this case.  Anyone with information about this or any crime that has occurred in the City of Portsmouth is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  Tipsters can also submit their tips through the new “P3 Tips” app available in the Google Play and App Store or by going to www.p3tips.com.  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 or the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

March 29, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

OFFICERS ARREST MAN AFTER HE CRASHES VEHICLE IN NORFOLK

A man was arrested in Norfolk this morning after crashing his vehicle when he fled from a traffic stop.  Just after 10:10 a.m. this morning, a Portsmouth Police Officer witnessed a gray Hyundai sedan traveling at a high rate of speed on I-264E just before Effingham Street exit in Portsmouth.  The officer followed the vehicle into the downtown tunnel and initiated a traffic stop at the off ramp split to St. Paul’s Boulevard/Waterside Drive in Norfolk.  Before the officer could exit his vehicle and make contact with the driver, the driver fled down the exit ramp toward St. Paul’s Boulevard.

The officer, as a result of his location, had to follow the same path as the suspect vehicle and witnessed the suspect vehicle crash at the end of the ramp.  This crash involved multiple vehicles.  The officer was able to make contact with the suspect driver and ascertained that he had an active warrant for contempt of court in Portsmouth and took him into custody.  As a result of this incident, officers have charged the driver, 38-year-old Demario A. Phillips of Portsmouth, with felony eluding, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving.

The Norfolk Police Department will be handling the accident investigation and any questions related to the crash or pending charges that the suspect may face as a result of the crash should be directed to their agency.

 

March 26, 2018   

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EARLY MORNING SHOOTING AS HOMICIDE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an early morning shooting incident that has left one person dead.  At approximately 12:26 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police and medical assistance to the 60 block of Carver Circle for a male who had been shot.  When officers arrived, they found an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso.  Medics transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  The victim has been identified as 53-year-old Johnnie C. Gore of Portsmouth.

At this time, detectives do not have a suspect or a motive in this case.  If you have any information about a crime in the City of Portsmouth, investigators urge you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  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 found in the Google Play and App stores or at www.portsmouthcrimeline.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.

 

March 20, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE AFTERNOON SHOOTING INCIDENT

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an afternoon shooting incident that injured a woman.  On Monday, March 19, 2018, at approximately 4:23 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting medical and police assistance to the 30 block of Grand Street, for a female who had been shot.  When officers arrived, they found an adult female victim suffering from gunshot wound to the upper thigh.  The female was transported to a local hospital by medics with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives have ascertained that the victim was walking in the area when she was injured by a stray bullet.  Detectives do not believe that the female was intentionally targeted.  Anyone with information about this or any crime that has occurred in the City of Portsmouth is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  Tipsters can also submit their tips through the new “P3 Tips” app available in the Google Play and App Store or by going to www.p3tips.com.  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, or the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

March 15, 2018    

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES ARREST MAN FOR ATTEMPTING TO ASSAULT SENATOR WITH VEHICLE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit have charged a man in connection with attempting to assault a Virginia Senator with his vehicle.  On March 13, 2018, at approximately 6:46 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting assistance to the 1500 block of High Street for a male who had attempted to run over a female in the parking lot.  When officers arrived they located the female victim, Virginia Senator Louise Lucas, and ascertained that the man who tried to strike her with his vehicle was a former employee of an organization she runs in the city.  The male had fled the scene before police could respond to the location.  Medics were requested to evaluate Senator Lucas, who declined treatment.

After speaking with Senator Lucas and conducting their initial investigation, detectives secured a warrant for attempted murder against 40-year-old James C. Taliaferro.  Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Fugitive Apprehension Unit then immediately began searching for Taliaferro.  On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, just after 10:00 a.m., detectives located Taliaferro, taking him into custody after he led them on a brief pursuit into the City of Chesapeake.  Taliaferro was also charged with felony eluding and served active warrants on file for destruction of property (x3) and trespassing.  Taliaferro was turned over to the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office.

If you have any information about crime in the City of Portsmouth, investigators urge you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  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 found in the Google Play and App stores or at www.portsmouthcrimeline.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.

 

March 14, 2018    

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE AFTERNOON SHOOTING AS HOMICIDE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an afternoon shooting incident that has left one-person dead.  At approximately 12:46 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police and medical assistance to the 70 block of Cushing Street for a female who had been shot.  When officers arrived, they found an adult female victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso.  Medics transported her to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.  The victim has been identified as 39-year-old Jennifer Barrel of Portsmouth.

Detectives currently have a person of interest in custody in reference to this case and their investigation is still ongoing.  If you have any information about crime in the City of Portsmouth, investigators urge you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  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 found in the Google Play and App stores or at www.portsmouthcrimeline.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.

 

March 5, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING ATTEMPTED COMMERCIAL ROBBERY AND SHOOTING INCIDENT

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local business that resulted in an employee being injured.  At approximately 2:53 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police and medical assistance to Southside Motor Sports, located at 3711 Victory Boulevard, for an attempted robbery and injured employee.  According to detectives, the suspect attempted to rob the business at gunpoint and an employee was shot during the incident.  The employee who was injured sustained non-life-threatening injuries and medics transported him to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as a black male between 45-50 years of age and standing approximately 5’5”- 5’6” tall. The suspect weighed approximately 180 pounds, had a wide nose and was armed with a handgun.  He was last seen wearing black hat, dark colored hoodie, and a black or gray vest

Detectives need your help identifying the suspect involved in this case.  They 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℠ (1-888-562-5887).  Tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court.  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. 

 

MARCH 5, 2018

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE AFTERNOON SHOOTING INCIDENT

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an afternoon shooting incident that seriously injured two men.  At approximately 3:09 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting medical and police assistance to the Y.M.C.A. parking lot, located at 1013 Effingham Street, for a male who was shot.  When officers arrived, they found two adult male victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  One male was shot in the torso and sustained life-threatening injuries.  The other male was shot in the arm and sustained serious injuries.  Both men were transported to a local hospital by medics.

Detectives have ascertained that both shooting victims are familiar with one another and that this shooting is an isolated incident.  Charges are pending regarding this incident.  When more information becomes available, an update will follow.

Anyone with information about any crime that has occurred in the City of Portsmouth is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  Tipsters can also submit their tips through the new “P3 Tips” app available in the Google Play and App Store or by going to www.p3tips.com.  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 or the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

 

February 28, 2018          

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EARLY MORNING HOMICIDE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into a shooting incident that has left one-person dead.  At approximately 2:40 a.m., police communications received a call from Chesapeake Dispatch advising that a male walked into Chesapeake General Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  According to the information received, the adult male victim was shot in Portsmouth near George Washington Highway and Victory Boulevard and medics were transporting him to Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Officers responded to the area and located a possible scene at 1915 Victory Boulevard.  Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the male victim died from his injuries.  The male has been identified as 26-year-old Lorenzo Bernat of Virginia Beach.

The investigation into this homicide is still ongoing and detectives do not have a motive or suspect in this case.  Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  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.

 

February 28, 2018          

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

OFFICERS INVESTIGATE MOTORCYCLE FATALITY

Investigators with the Portsmouth Police Department Strategic Traffic Unit are continuing their investigation into a single vehicle accident that killed a man over the weekend.  On Saturday, February 24, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police and medical assistance to the intersection of Hancock Avenue and Tazewell Street for an accident involving a motorcycle.  Upon arriving at the scene, officers found an adult male unresponsive alongside a motorcycle that had sustained damage.  Medics responded and pronounced the male deceased at the scene.  The male has been identified as 57-year-old Clay Phillips of Portsmouth.  According to investigators, it appears that Mr. Phillips lost control of his motorcycle and struck a utility pole.  No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about any crime in the City of Portsmouth to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  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.

 

February 24, 2018          

Contact: Detective Misty Holley, Public Information Officer

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EARLY MORNING SHOOTING AS HOMICIDE

Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into a shooting incident that has left one person dead and another injured.  At approximately 2:44 a.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting assistance to the20 block of Pollux Circle West for two men who were shot.  When officers arrived, they located two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds.  Medics responded and pronounced one of the male’s deceased at the scene.  The second male, who was shot in the torso, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  The identity of the deceased male victim will not be released until next of kin notifications have been made.

The investigation into this homicide is still ongoing and detectives do not have a motive or suspect in this case.  Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.  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.


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