Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

RPD announces 13 arrests related to crimes this year

All have been charged in connection with homicides or shootings

- BY ALI ROCKETT arockett@timesdispa­tch.com (804) 649-6527 Twitter: @AliRockett­RTD

Richmond police announced Friday that 13 people had been arrested and charged this week in connection with homicides or shooting incidents this year.

Chief Gerald Smith spoke at a news conference Friday about a recent rise in violence: eight shootings deaths and 11 nonfatal shootings so far this month. Standing before a backdrop of the mug shots of the charged, Smith said: “Detectives with the Richmond Police Department have done some outstandin­g work to help address these issues.”

Only five of those arrested were charged in connection to incidents from this month; the rest relate to earlier homicides or shootings.

♦ Derrick Dabney, 20, of Richmond has been charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony arising from the fatal shooting of Ashley Wilbert. Wilbert, a woman in her 20s, was found at 11:53 p.m. April 6 in an alley in the 600 block of Wickham Street.

Anyone with further informatio­n is asked to call major crimes detective G. Russell at (804) 646-7715.

♦ Quentin Gray, 31, of Charlottes­ville has been charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the death of Corey Holmes. On March 1 at 2:36 p.m., Holmes, a man in his 30s, was found inside a home in the 2200 block of North 26th Street.

Anyone with further informatio­n about this homicide is asked to call major crimes detective K. Hughes at (804) 646-3917.

♦ Michael Harris, 58, of Chesterfie­ld and Lamel Smith, 35, of North Chesterfie­ld have each been charged with murder, assault during the commission of a felony, burglary and attempted robbery. The charges stem from the fatal shooting of Maurice Watson-Bey, a man in his 40s, on Feb. 2 at 11:42 p.m. in the 400 block of Byswick Lane.

Anyone with further informatio­n on this homicide is asked to call major crimes detective P. Ripley at (804) 646-0423.

Another nine arrests were made this week in eight shooting investigat­ions:

♦ Laquisha Graves, 21, of Richmond has been charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle stemming from an incident in the 700 block of Hull Street on March 31.

♦ Harvey Williams, 22, of Richmond has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony related to a shooting in the 1800 block of Hull Street on January 29.

♦ Curtis Brockingto­n, 41, of Richmond has been charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with a March 14 shooting in the 2000 block of Mechanicsv­ille Turnpike.

♦ Joseph Hunt, 41, of Henrico has been charged with possession of firearm by a felon in relation to a shooting in the 1100 block of North 25th Street on March 24. Additional charges are pending, police said.

♦ Malik Nelson, 22, of Richmond has been charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection to a shooting in the 2200 block of Afton Avenue on March 26.

♦ James Austin Jr., 22, of Richmond and Jamara Claiborne, 23, of Henrico have been each been charged with two counts of attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony stemming from a double shooting in the 1600 block of Pollock Street on April 8.

♦ Jose Pacheco, 31, of Richmond has been charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with a shooting in the 2800 block of Hathaway Road on April 11.

♦ James Wright, 68, of Richmond has been charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to a shooting in the 2200 block of Chalfont Drive on April 12.

Anyone with further informatio­n is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or submit tips through the P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphone­s. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

 ?? BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCH ?? Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith talked about some of the people (pictured at left) arrested in homicides or shootings in the city this year as he addressed a news conference in Richmond on Friday.
BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCH Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith talked about some of the people (pictured at left) arrested in homicides or shootings in the city this year as he addressed a news conference in Richmond on Friday.

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