April 26, 2011
Around 2:30 p.m. at a store on 8th Street and Moorman Road, Roanoke Police responded to an assault crime. Twenty-one year-old Damian Maurice Watkins was allegedly approached by several black males, who seemed to have mistaken him for someone else. When he told them that he was not the person they were looking for, they followed him to his car, and blocked him in with two other vehicles. Watkins fled from the scene, in which he was captured and physically assaulted by the other men. They stole a number of his personal belongings, along with his money, and drove his car to a near by street. The vehicle was recovered unoccupied when located. Watkins’ injuries were reported non life threatening, and he was released from Carilion Hospital. Police ask that any information related to this crime should be reported to the Roanoke Police Department at (540)853-5959 or Crime Line at (540)344-8500.
April 18, 2011
Officers responded to reports of vandalism that took place on April 17. Over twenty-three vehicles were found spray painted with white paint. So far, no arrests have been made, but police ask that information relating to this or additional crimes be reported to the Roanoke Police Department at 853-5959 or Crime Line at 344-8500 for a monetary reward.
The following locations should be monitored for criminal activity: the 3600 and 3700 blocks of Sunrise Avenue, 2700 block of Cedarhurst Avenue, 3600 and 3700 blocks of Round Hill Avenue, 3800 block of Shady Lawn Avenue, 2800 block of Oakland Boulevard, 2600 and 2700 blocks of Broad Street, 2900 block of Clarendon Avenue, and 3900 block of Richland Avenue.
April 14, 2011
Officers responded at 10:18 p.m. to an attempted robbery incident, in which the victim was shot. Alan Wiley Wright, 49, was hospitalized at Carilion Memorial Hospital. He said that he had parked his car near the intersection of 2nd Street and Mountain Ave. to walk to a convenience store at the intersection of 2nd Street and Elm Ave. As he was walking back to his car, he was approached by two suspects, one with a gun. They demanded money from him, and when he attempted to flee he was shot. He said he was able to get into his car, drive home, and then go to the closes hospital. The suspects were described as two black males. Reward money may be offered to anyone who may have information. Contact the Roanoke Police Department at 853-5959 or Crime Line at 344-8500.
April 11, 2011
Roanoke Police responded to a robbery encounter at the 1500 block of Gilmer Avenue. A woman claimed that she had been assaulted and robbed on a walk. She described the suspect as a black, 20 year-old male wearing an orange shirt and gray shorts. He has not yet been located. Police ask that local residences remain on the look out and report additional information regarding this or other crimes to the Roanoke Police Department at 853-5959 or Crime Line at 344-8500. Reward money may be offered to those who are able to provide a lead.
April 7, 2011
Roanoke Police confirmed that an e-mail marketing firm, Epsilon, has compromised millions of consumers’ personal information. The story made national news when it first started problems in Texas. Customers of major retailers and service providers such as Kroger, Walgreens, Home Shopping Network, US Bank, and JP Morgan Chase were receiving e-mails that contained viruses connected to ‘spoofed websites,’ where financial information or identity theft was obtained. This incident enticed Roanoke Police to investigate the branch that serves Western Virginia. They identified the same scam. Police say the breach is not interested in credit card information, rather, e-mail addresses. The department warns e-mail users to exercise caution online, deny e-mails that ask for personal information, and contact the company directly if there is any concern for information.