‘Swift’ responding officers nab home break-in suspects at the scene

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Thanks to the quick response of three officers, two attempted burglary suspects were caught as they tried to flee from a residence last week.

Last Monday, April 25, officers responded to a report of breaking and entering in the 2100 block of Afton Avenue. The victim claimed several individuals entered his residence and were still inside.

Second Precinct Officers Christopher Duane, Crystal Nuckols and Tanner Braaten arrived on scene. As officers Nuckols and Braaten approached the front door, one of the suspects sprinted outside. The victim’s fiancé attempted to stop him by tripping him, which slowed him down and allowed officers Braaten and Duane to follow him into a nearby apartment where he was taken into custody. Officer Nuckols held the second suspect at the crime scene without incident.

The victims identified the subject who fled as 22-year-old Paul R. Moore of Afton Avenue. The second suspect was a juvenile male. Both were charged with burglary.

Police say the suspects gained entry into the apartment through a window. A black bag containing various electronics was abandoned in the front hallway.

“We like to keep the public informed about quick arrests – and there can be no faster work than suspects being arrested at the scene,” Second Precinct Commander Michael Snawder said. “Our officers take pride in safeguarding this city and their swift response is crucial to taking offenders off the streets.”

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