Arrest made in some Fan District robberies

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – 7 street robberies since the first of the year had Richmond's Fan district under the microscope. News from Richmond Police that they've made an arrest traveled quickly.

"I was just talking to a neighbor about this. I think we will all feel much better knowing that's the case," said resident Brent Morris.

The robberies have run the gamut, happening from 7:30 at night to 2:30 in the morning in several different areas of the Fan. The victim was almost always walking alone. Even the descriptions of the suspects have varied in race and age.

As to why police are not saying much about the arrest, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth's Hobbs said quote, "the release of details of the evidence in the cases or identifying information of the suspect would jeopardize the prosecution of these cases."

NBC12 legal analyst Steven Benjamin criticizes the decision.

"The announcement doesn't inform us of anything and it's dangerous to the extent that it gives anyone a false assurance of safety," he said.

Alex Thrower is one Fan resident who's not letting his guard down for now.

"Absolutely not. This isn't just one person or two people it's more than that. And maybe they are getting ideas from each other... Hey! Go to the Fan it's a great place to rob people, who knows. But I hope they can clear this up as fast as possible," Thrower said.

A source tells me, police do not want to release a picture right now, because they first need the victims to identify their robber. Police will continue extra patrols in the Fan tonight, and if you head out, you're still asked to stay aware of your surroundings and walk in groups if possible.

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