2013-02-06 / News Briefs


Michael Buettner

Broaddus Broaddus Man charged with attempted rape outside club

Police have arrested a man they say tried to rape a woman in the parking lot of a dance club.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said officers were called to Visions Dance Club, 1021 Koger Center Blvd. around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 on a report of an attempted rape.

The victim, a 49-year-old female, said she was retrieving something from her car when a man approached her and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim was able to scream, and several club patrons came to her aid. The suspect fled, and the victim was not injured.

Soon afterward, a man matching the description of the suspect was detained during a traffic stop. The woman identified the man, Richard W. Broaddus, 44, as the suspect who assaulted her.

Broaddus, of the 5900 block of Essling Road, was arrested and charged with attempted rape. He remains in custody, with a hearing in the case scheduled for March 14.

Pigg Pigg Woman charged with injuring 2-year-old

A county woman has been arrested on a felony child abuse charge after allegedly shaking and injuring a 2-year-old boy.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said Ashley L. Pigg, 25, was baby sitting the child at her residence in the 900 block of Hartford Lane in the Brookfield subdivision on Jan. 28.

Details of the incident were not released, but police said the child was taken to Chippenham Hospital by his parents. Because of the seriousness of his injuries, which included bleeding on the brain, he was later taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

Police said he was in stable condition.

Pigg was charged with malicious wounding and felony child abuse. She was released on bond after a hearing last week.

Unknown suspect Unknown suspect Teacher faces charge of assaulting student

Chesterfield County Public Schools acknowledged last week that a middle school teacher was arrested in mid-January on charges of hitting an 11-year-old student.

Police said Michael S. Harrah, 50, of the 12600 block of Jolly Place in Chester, was arrested on Jan. 15 on charges of assaulting the student the day before during a class at Matoaca Middle School. The student was not injured, police said.

According to media reports, Harrah is the band director at Matoaca Middle. The school division released a statement last week that said Harrah was removed from the school after the incident.

“This is a very serious charge and the employee was removed from the school over two weeks ago,” according to the statement. “The employee will not return to the school pending the disposition of the charge and the administrative process.”

Police said Harrah was released on a summons pending trial.

Suspect sought in Target robbery

Police are searching for a man who robbed the Target store in Chester late last month.

Police said an unknown suspect entered the store at 2530 Weir Road, off Jefferson Davis Highway, around 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 23. The suspect grabbed a money bag, left the store and fled the scene in a vehicle. The suspect did not display a weapon and no one was injured.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 40 to 50 years old, 6 feet 3 inches tall with an average build.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or text the code “WATSON” and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

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