2009-01-14 / News

Police seek information on apartment complex assaults

NEWS BRIEFS
Gwen Sadler

County police are seeking information about two incidents that occurred late last year.

According to police, a woman reported being raped at about 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Roxbury Square Apartments. A man approached her as she was getting out of her car, pointed a gun at her and forced her into a wooded area behind the complex where he assaulted her. The suspect is described as a thin Hispanic male, 40 years old and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He wore jeans and a dark brown jacket.

In a separate incident, police say a woman was approached by a man at about 10:10 p.m. on Dec. 17 on Ayshire Court in the Tanglewood Apartments. The suspect struck the victim in the head with the gun he carried, then fled the area. The suspect in this episode is described as a thin Hispanic male, 25-30 years old, with a mustache. He wore denim pants and a hooded navy windbreaker with a silver stripe.

Police continue to follow up on leads in both cases, and police presence has been increased at both apartment complexes.

Anyone with information about this crime should call police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also visit www.crimesolvers.net to report information anonymously online.

Man arrested for shooting into homes

The quiet of an early Sunday morning was broken recently by gunshots heard in two county neighborhoods. 

At about 6:45 a.m. on Jan. 4, police responded to the 4100 block of Berrybrook Drive for a report of shots fired into a residence. Slightly more than half an hour after that, at about 7:20 a.m., police were again called to investigate shots fired into a home - this time, in the 4100 block of Woodfield Drive.

There were people inside both homes at the times of the shootings, but no one was injured.

Police reacted quickly. Within two hours of the last reported gunshots, Johnnie Bernard Black Jr., 24, of the 400 block of German School Road in Richmond, was taken into custody. He is charged with two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His trial in Chesterfield General District Court is set for Feb. 11.

Mercado
Man arrested for impersonating public-safety official

A man who was seen many times by local and state law-enforcement personnel driving his Ford Expedition with official decals and lights blazing was arrested on Dec. 11 by a Virginia State Police trooper. 

Sir Frederick Johann Mercado, 24, of the 9000 block of Qualla Road, was charged with felony obtaining a title (vehicle) under false pretenses, impersonation of a public-safety official and other traffic-related offenses. He was arrested at his workplace in Henrico, taken to jail there, then released on bond.

Mercado was first observed in his impersonation in Chesterfield last summer by an off-duty state trooper. In September, he was stopped on Chippenham Parkway by another trooper for driving in excess of 80 mph with his SUV's emergency lights activated. He was charged at that time with multiple traffic offenses and unlawfully operating the vehicle with

Sir Frederick Mercado outfitted his truck to give the impression he was a public-safety official.
emergency lights on.

With the help of a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) special agent, the troopers determined that Mercado had sold the Expedition on Nov. 12 to Virginia Patrol, a fictitious company Mercado created so he could register his SUV as an emergency vehicle with the DMV, giving him the right to display emergency license plates.

The SUV is being held as evidence at state police headquarters. Mercado is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on Jan. 30 in Chesterfield County General District Court.

Later, Mercado was found not guilty in Chesterfield General District Court.

Indecent exposure incident involved school bus 

On Nov. 14, Matthew R. Bergh, 18, of the 3000 block of Dupont Avenue, allegedly emerged from a home in the 8900 block of Dorsey Road and exposed himself as a school bus rolled to a scheduled stop near the home. He was charged with public indecency.

Some will do anything to cut costs 

You can't cut your utility bills by passing them on to somebody else. The electricity provider frowns on it, and so do those who are victims of utility theft.

But one man was tempted by the thought, so he stole Dominion Power meters from homes to use at his home to measure his electricity use.

Police arrested Frederick O. Daniels IV, 36, of the 5900 block of Centralia Road, on Dec. 26. He is charged with obtaining utility service without payment, receiving stolen goods and tampering with a meter device.

Two arrested in child porn case 

Chelsea A. Rawes, 19, of the 12100 block of Springhouse Court, and Brien K. Boggs Sr., 37, of the 15300 block of Gamecock Road, were arrested in connection with a child pornography incident. Rawes was arrested on Dec. 30 for an August incident, while Boggs' arrest occurred on Sept. 11. He is charged with 11 counts of producing/distributing/financing child pornography. Rawes faces one such charge. Both are accused of taking photos of a victim and posting them on an Internet site.

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