January 2018

January 6, 2018 

ROANOKE POLICE UPDATE INVESTIGATION INTO SHOOTING INCIDENT IN 1300 BLOCK OF BURKS STREET SW

Roanoke, Va.-
The victims in yesterday's shootings in the 1300 block of Burks Street SW have been identified as Michael Cardona Santamarina, age 22, of Roanoke, and Troy Savion Gastelo, age 24, of Roanoke.  Both victims were found in a vehicle.  Both are still in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  The shootings do not appear to be random.  Evidence technicians have collected physical evidence from the scene.  Detectives are in the process of interviewing potential witnesses and establishing a timeline of events before the shootings took place.  No arrests related to the shootings have been made at this time.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information can call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.  Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

January 6, 2018

ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATE AFTER DECEASED MAN FOUND IN VEHICLE IN ROANOKE RIVER

At 8:11 this morning [January 6th], Roanoke Police and Roanoke Fire-EMS were dispatched to Vic Thomas Park, behind Black Dog Salvage, after a report of a vehicle being found in the Roanoke River.  Upon confirming that there was a vehicle in the river, Roanoke Fire EMS called its Swift Water Rescue Team to the scene.  The rescue team found an adult male deceased inside the vehicle.  The Roanoke Police Department is handling the investigation.  The body was transported to the state medical examiner's office.  The victim's identity will be released after proper notifications have been made.

January 17, 2018 

ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

Roanoke, Va.-
On January 16, 2018 at 8:47 pm, Roanoke Police responded to the 800 block of Gainsboro Road NW, the Holiday Inn Express, to investigate a report of an attempted robbery.  When confronted by the suspect, two hotel employees locked themselves in the hotel office and called police.  At one point the suspect pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the employees.  Unable to gain entry into the office, the suspect ran away on foot.  The suspect was described as white [unknown on male or female since the suspect covered his/her face], medium build, and between 5'7" to 5'10" in height.  The hotel employees were not hurt.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.  Callers can choose to remain anonymous.