September 1, 2017
ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY ON ORDWAY DRIVE NW
Roanoke, Va.- On September 1, 2017 at 12:19 a.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 3200 block of Ordway Drive NW to investigate a report of a robbery. The victim, a 53-year-old food truck delivery driver from Newport, TN, told officers that as he and a colleague were unloading their truck, making a delivery to a restaurant, the suspect approached them, brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money. The victim told the suspect he didn't have any money so the suspect took the victim's phone and took off on foot toward Ferncliff Avenue. The victim was not hurt. The suspect was described as a young black male, possibly in his late teens, around 5'8" and 135 lbs. Anyone with information can call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500. Callers can choose to remain anonymous. Anonymous text messages can be sent to 274637. Please start any text with the keyword "RoanokePD:" to ensure that it's properly sent.
September 9, 2017
ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE IN THE 1600 BLOCK OF DALE AVENUE SE
Roanoke, Va.- On September 8, 2017 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Roanoke Police responded to the 1600 block of Dale Avenue SE after a deceased individual was found inside a home. The deceased has been identified as Tony Leonard Lawhorn, age 63, of Roanoke. Lawhorn's death is being investigated as a homicide. Officers collected potential evidence from inside the victim's residence. Detectives are conducting interviews and working to establish a timeline of events. The body was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Anyone with information can call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500. Callers can choose to remain anonymous. Anonymous text messages can be sent to 274637. Please start any text with the keyword "RoanokePD:" to ensure that it's properly sent. The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.
UPDATE: Both vehicles in the below mentioned cases have been recovered and both suspects have been arrested.
September 12, 2017
ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATE A PAIR OF POTENTIALLY RELATED CARJACKINGS
Roanoke, Va.- On September 12, 2017 at 3:55 a.m. Roanoke Police responded to the 4700 block of Valley View Boulevard to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, the victim, a 20-year-old woman from Roanoke, told officers that she had arrived for work and parked in the parking lot in the 4700 block of Valley View. Just as the victim got out of her car, she said she observed a person approaching her, which prompted the victim to get back into her car and lock the doors. The suspect walked up to her driver's side window, pointed what appeared to be a handgun at her, and told her to get out of her vehicle. The vehicle was a 2001 green Ford Escape. The victim said she got out of the vehicle and the suspect got behind the wheel. At that time, a second suspect got into the vehicle. The vehicle left on Valley View Boulevard toward Interstate 581. The victim was not hurt and ran inside her place of employment after the incident. The suspects were both described as black males, one wearing a white Hollister sweatshirt and the other wearing a dark colored Virginia Tech hoodie.
A few hours later, at 7:34 a.m. Roanoke Police were called to the 2700 block of Northview Drive SW to investigate another carjacking. In this incident, two black males approached another female victim, this one 61 years old, and demanded that she get out of her car. The car was a burgundy 2014 Honda Civic. The victim got out of the car and the two suspects left in her vehicle. This victim was not hurt either. The victim told officers that, while she did not see a handgun, one of the suspects held his hand in his pocket so she assumed he had one. The suspects in this incident matched the descriptions of the suspects involved in the Valley View incident.
Anyone who might have seen these two men, or might have any other information, is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500. Callers can choose to remain anonymous. No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
September 14, 2017
ROANOKE POLICE MAKE ARREST IN SHOOTING AT Z-MART ON MELROSE AVENUE
Roanoke, Va.- On September 14, 2017 at 12:13 p.m. Roanoke Police were called to the 2800 block of Melrose Avenue NW, the Z-Mart, to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived they found that a store employee, an adult male, had been shot in the upper body. He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. A witness at the scene gave officers a description of the vehicle that the suspect, a white female, had driven away from the scene in. The description given to responding officers was a white Toyota pickup truck, with a specific tag, driven by the white female. Officers at the scene of the shooting relayed the vehicle and suspect description by police radio. At 12:17 p.m. officers observed a white Toyota Tacoma, with the same tag, driven by a white female on Cove Road. Officers stopped the vehicle at Cove Road and Hershberger Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Dawn Michele Whitlock, age 43, of Roanoke County. After further investigation Whitlock was charged with malicious wounding. She was taken to the Roanoke City Jail. Evidence Technicians continue to collect evidence from the scene of the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.