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April 9, 2013

RPD: Man pulls gun on customer at local restaurant

RICHMOND — A customer at a local restaurant was able to disarm a man who brandished a gun during an argument Saturday, according to Richmond police.

John C. Crawford, 49, of Merrick Drive, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon.

Officers were sent to RT’s Cafe, 1013 Center Drive, after receiving a report of a disturbance. They learned that Crawford had engaged in a verbal argument with another customer and threatened to shoot him, according to the RPD report.

Crawford then pulled a handgun out and pointed it at the man as well as two others who were present, the report stated. The patron was able to disarm Crawford, and the police were called.

Vehicle accidents lead to drug arrests

Richmond police worked two wrecks last week that lead to the drivers’ arrests on drug charges.

Officers were sent to the area of Lancaster and Breck avenues at 2:31 a.m. Friday to investigate a vehicle accident. A Chevrolet SUV had side-swiped a parked vehicle and crashed into a utility pole at High Street and Breck Avenue, snapping it in half.

An RPD officer found Justin R. Toole, 25, of Eminence, at Parrish Avenue and West Main Street. It was determined that Toole was intoxicated, and officers found 7.5 alprazolam pills in his possession, according to the report.

Toole was charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant, leaving the scene of an accident, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and no insurance.

In the second incident, earlier last week, Paul G. Knox, 59, of Battlefield Road, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license and tampering with physical evidence.

Police were dispatched Wednesday to a traffic accident at North Keeneland Drive and Lexington Road. A truck driven by Knox had been involved in a collision and overturned, according to the RPD report.

Officers were told Knox had left his vehicle and gone into the restroom at a nearby service station.

Six alprazolam pills were found in the bathroom, and two shotguns were discovered in the wrecked truck, the reported stated.

Three receive felony charges in shoplifting incidents

Four people were charged Sunday in connection with shoplifting incidents at Walmart.

In both cases, three of the people had previously been banned from the store’s premises, so their charges were upgraded to felony third-degree burglary.

An officer was sent to Walmart at 5:40 p.m. after receiving a shoplifting complaint. A Walmart employee told the officer that a man and woman were seen taking merchandise they concealed in a container, according to the RPD report.

The woman left the store first, followed by the man, without any attempt to pay for the items, the employee told police. Employees detained them and recovered $194.29 in merchandise.

The officer charged Tammy R. Cain, 40, of Berea with third-degree burglary because she’d been banned from the store after a previous shoplifting incident.

Her alleged accomplice, Troy Reed, 37, of Berea, was charged with theft by unlawful taking (under $500), and they were both taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Later that day, at 10 p.m., another shoplifting complaint was received from Walmart employees.

The employees said they saw Ashley Lamb, 25, of Boggs Lane, conceal $35.92 in merchandise on himself.

He had entered the store with Bradley S. Lamb, 23, of Menelaus Road.

Both men had been issued trespass warnings and banned from Walmart stores because of past shoplifting incidents, so both were charged with third-degree burglary, according to the RPD report.

Backpack stolen from restaurant worker’s vehicle

An employee of Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, 112 E. Main St., reported that a backpack containing several items had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle while it was parked behind the restaurant during the evening.

The blue backpack, with Cinemark Theaters in red lettering on it, contained a black Motorola Backflip cell phone; a red Beats by Dre set of headphones (in the ear style); a stack of Triple J’s Timing business cards; and an assortment of vitamins and supplements. Estimated loss is $310.

Other thefts:

• The owner of JP Landscape reported that a Stihl backpack-style blower that belonged to the company was stolen while workers were at the AT&T store on the Eastern Bypass during the afternoon.

The driver of a maroon pickup truck was seen removing the blower from the curb near the building and placing it in the rear of the truck. The blower is worth $600.

• A resident in the 100 block of Rice Court reported Thursday that a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer, worth $2,110, was stolen from his home during the past three days.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.

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