Richmond Police Made an Arrest in July 2017 North Avenue Homicide

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The Richmond Police Department has made an arrest in the stabbing death last July of Vivian L. Robinson, 50, of the 4300 block of North Avenue.  After a thorough investigation and consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the department is now classifying this death investigation as a homicide.


John L. Reid Jr., 61, of the 100 block of Elsing Street, Highland Springs, was arrested last week and charged with second-degree murder and malicious wounding (x2). His booking photo is attached.


At approximately 11:53 p.m., on July 22, 2017, officers were called to a residence in the 3300 block of North Avenue for the report of an argument and persons stabbed. Officers arrived and found four individuals who were involved in the incident, a male and three females. The three females had suffered from stab wounds. Two were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening and Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

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