Police don’t believe Church Hill robbery was ‘random incident’

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond police are investigating after a woman was robbed inside her car in Church Hill early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday evening, Richmond Police Lieutenant Daniel Milton announced the department had made significant progress in its investigation.

Police say a woman pulled up to a stop sign at the corner of 32nd and East Broad Streets at about 12:50 a.m. when suddenly a man with a gun came up to her passenger side window and motioned for her to open up the door. She did, and then he got in the car and told her to drive.

“They drove a couple blocks to Chimborazo Park. There he stole cash, credit cards and a mobile phone,” says Richmond Police spokesman James Mercante.

The man got out the car near the Chimborazo dog park and disappeared. The woman was not hurt. Neighbors in the normally community friendly and safe section of Church Hill are stunned.

“It’s a complete shock, this is a great neighborhood, lots of kids, families, never had anything remotely close to that happen,” says area resident Chip Tompkins.

Detectives are asking homeowners and businesses in the area who might have surveillance cameras to check their video.

“He was wearing a wool cab, denim jacket, dark trousers and a light or tan colored shirt, so if people can look at their surveillance images and maybe they captured this person, they’re asked to call the Richmond police department,” Mercante added.

One homeowner near the park told 8News they’re already working with police to review their video. If you can help you can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 780-1000.

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