2017-10-18 / News Briefs



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County police are investigating an armed bank robbery and subsequent officer-involved shooting.

At about 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, police responded to the Argent Federal Credit Union at 1901 Walmart Way for a reported bank robbery. During the robbery, the suspect displayed a firearm and demanded money. Upon receiving cash, the suspect fled. The suspect was described as a white male with red hair and a beard, and wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

Responding officers spotted a vehicle with a driver matching the description of the suspect and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle did not stop, and a pursuit ensued, ending in a field in the 9400 block of Midlothian Turnpike. The suspect fled on foot into the woods.

Officers pursued the suspect on foot and gave him commands to stop. During the pursuit, the suspect displayed a weapon, and one officer fired his service weapon, striking the suspect. Officers secured the suspect, immediately provided first aid and brought him out of the woods. The suspect, later identified as Allen E. Piner, 45, was transported to an area hospital.

Piner, of the 7900 block of Provincetown Drive, has been charged with robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and carrying a concealed weapon in relation to the incident. He has also been charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of possession of a firearm during the commission of a robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in relation to the Sept. 1, 2017, robbery of the Citizens Bank & Trust branch at 12101 Olivers Way.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Man shot at VSU campus

County police are investigating a shooting that took place on the campus of Virginia State University during its homecoming weekend.

The incident occurred at about 8:25 p.m. on Oct. 14. Both VSU and Chesterfield police responded to the 1 block of Hayden Street. Upon arrival, officers located a male suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The VSU campus was put on lockdown after the incident. Police believe the shooting is an isolated incident at this time.

Surveillance cameras captured images of a suspect dropping a firearm on campus and exiting VSU at Lee Street and Chesterfield Avenue. The suspect is described as a black male wearing light blue jeans and a white T-shirt with blue sleeves.

The Chesterfield County Police Department is the lead investigating agency in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact county police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Unlicensed day care provider pleads guilty to child neglect

An unlicensed day care provider has pleaded guilty to felony child neglect in the death of a 3-month-old under her supervision, according to media reports.

Carrie C. Persichini, 53, of the 4200 block of Bridgewood Road, was watching 16 children at her home when 3-month-old Peter Hitt went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 23, 2016. Hitt was pronounced dead at a hospital, with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia later listing the cause of death as “sudden unexpected infant death associated with unsafe sleep environment.”

Persichini also pled guilty last week to another felony child-neglect count related to Hitt’s twin sister and a misdemeanor charge of operating a home day care without a state license. Four accompanying charges, including involuntary manslaughter, were withdrawn as part of the plea.

Persichini’s pleas were accepted by Chesterfield Circuit Judge David E. Johnson, and sentencing has been set for Jan. 4. She faces up to 11 years in prison.

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