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On June 29, 2015 at about 3 p.m., Sparks Police, Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel responded to a report of a traffic accident at the Jackson's Food Mart, 2095 Brierly Way in Sparks.
When personnel arrived they learned that a small grey Hyundai sedan had entered the parking lot of the business, driven around the back of the business and struck at least two cars, continued around toward the front of the business and struck on of the support posts for the large awning that covers the area of the gas pumps at the business.The gas pumps were not struck. The Hyundai was driven by 55 year old Sparks resident Lisa Fortin.
Two patients including Fortin, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Some witnesses did report that the Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed. That possibility, along with the possibility that a medical condition or alcohol may have been a contributing factor were all being initially investigated. As the investigation progressed Fortin was believed to be under the influence of alcohol. She was issued a citation for DUI with a court date to appear at Sparks Municipal Court. Fortin was issued a citation in lieu of being booked because she was receiving continuing medical treatment for injuries suffered in the accident.
On June 3, 2015, an unidentified black male adult made three separate transactions using stolen credit card information. The suspect made purchases at the Kmart located at 2125 Oddie Blvd, Walgreen’s located at 2299 Oddie Blvd, and at an unidentified 7-11. All transactions occurred within hours of each other.
The victim resides in another state and had her personal credit card in her possession at the time the suspect presumably used a counterfeit credit card containing her credit card number.
The total loss amounted to over $600.00. Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect depicted in the surveillance photos provided by Walgreens is asked to contact Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department.
On 6/21/15 @ approximately 0215 hours officers of the Reno Police Department responded to the 400 Block of North Sierra for a call for service. A citizen had reported that a subject had placed a handgun to another subjects head and threatened to kill him. A description was given and three Reno Police Officers located the suspect on the 4th floor of the Silver Legacy's parking garage. The police officers ordered the suspect to lay on the floor. Instead of complying with the officers orders, the suspect pulled a concealed handgun from under his shirt and waistband area. The suspect then pointed the handgun at the officers. The three officers saw that there was an immediate threat to themselves and other citizens that were in the area and fired upon the suspect striking him several times stopping the threat.
The suspect was given immediate medical attention and was transported to the Renown Medical Center. The suspect was taken into surgery and has survived his wounds. The suspect is now in the Intensive Care Unit at Renown and is in stable condition. The suspect is under arrest and under police guard. Upon his release form Renown, Richardson will be booked on the listed charges at the Washoe County Jail. The suspect has been identified as Arthur Dell Richardson Jr. The officers involved received no injuries.
Per the Officer Involved Protocol, the Sparks Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office will be investigating the incident with SPD being the lead agency.
The following is the list of Richardson's charges:
Aiming a Firearm at a Human Being
Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Police Officer
Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Obstructing and Resisting a Police Officer with a Firearm
Richardson is a convicted felon which by law prohibits him from owning or possessing a firearm. There is clear video evidence of the entire incident. The video is not being released at this time. I will be holding a press conference tomorrow Tuesday 6/23/15 at 11am on the front steps of the Sparks Police Department.
Right now all officers involved in the case are busy with the investigation. This is all of the information available at this time.