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Police say string of robberies ends with arrests

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Forrell Council (Richmond Police) Forrell Council (Richmond Police)
Leonard Bullock (Source: Richmond Police) Leonard Bullock (Source: Richmond Police)

Police say with just two arrests, a string of robberies has come to an end. They've charged Forrell Council and Leonard Bullock with robbery and gun violations after four weekend incidents. Right now, each suspect is facing just two charges but that total is expected to go up to 10 each.

Officers at Third Precinct worked with VCU Police to end a spree that hit multiple people in just about two hours. In some cases the crimes were less than a mile apart. In others, just feet separate the incidents.

The trail started in the 1500 block of Colorado Avenue around 11:40 Saturday night, when a man says two suspects robbed him. About ten minutes later and just one block away, a couple says two men also robbed them, as well.

About an hour later, police say the two suspects made it to the 1100 block of West Main Street to rob two men. Just ten minutes later at 1:10am Sunday, detectives say those suspects went to the 1100 block of West Cary and tried to rob two women.

Another man was robbed about a block away. Five or 10 minutes later, officers say they were able to bring an end to the crime spree.

"As soon as it occurs we will start shifting manpower in that area," Sgt. Chuck Hayes explained. "We've got your focus mission team that's working. We've got your evening and your midnight shift units so we can kind of put a choke in the area."

Most of this happened just steps from where many VCU students gather

Hayes says a university officer spotted two men matching the suspect descriptions. After a short chase, police caught up with Leonard Bullock. Then, they actually drove the victim by him to make the ID. Early this week, they were able to identify Forrell Council.

Here's what Hayes says this means to Richmonders: "a safer community, able to go out later at night, be comfortable living and residing in the city."

If you remember hearing the VCU alarm sirens blaring this weekend, officials say they sounded them because the suspects were heading toward campus. Of the nine robberies since the start of the school year, police have arrested or identified suspects in all.

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