Police sources: Fulton Hill home invasions likely connected; gunman is menace to society

Posted at 10:37 PM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-16 23:32:19-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police sources say two home invasions in one part of Richmond are likely connected and describe the gunman involved as a dangerous menace to society.

Malachai Hinton was chopping wood in his backyard Tuesday, calling himself a chip off the old block.

"I’ve always worried about my mom, man,” Malachai said. “She's a single parent."

Malachai Hinton

Malachai Hinton

The high school junior shoulders some of the weight of a family worried about what's going on around them. "What's the point of walking into someone’s house?” he asked. “You see a dumpster outside and that it's been burned. I mean, what's the point? What could possibly be inside?"

Police say one of Malachai’s neighbors was at home Monday, renovating his house on Carlisle Avenue when a gunman stormed in, attempted to rob him and then shot the man, leaving the house on foot towards Admiral Gravely Boulevard.

"It has me shocked, that it's happening,” said Malachai. “We've lived here three years."

Fulton Hill neighborhood

Fulton Hill neighborhood

Tuesday, a similar attack occurred just a few blocks away on Parker Street in the Fulton area of Richmond.

Police tell us a man rang a doorbell then forced his way into the home. A man then pistol-whipped the woman inside, and left with her purse and a shopping bag.

Fulton Hill neighborhood

Fulton Hill neighborhood

Sources told CBS 6 News that because the crimes were just blocks apart, with a similar style, detectives are trying to determine if it's the same man.

"It’s nerve-wracking that it's happening where I live. We've never had issues here," Malachai said.

Police asking folks in Fulton to be vigilant. If you know who the suspect is, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.