RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond Police executed a search warrant at a home located along the 1000 block of Park Ave. in Richmond’s Fan District about 6 a.m. Thursday.
The search was part of an on-going investigation into the distribution of child pornography, police said.
The early-morning raid startled some neighbors in the Fan.
“I woke up to a loud banging sound, I guess them breaking into the door,” neighbor Katie Nelson said. “Nothing like this really happens. We had a robbery a couple of months ago, but that’s the worst that’s ever happened.”
Nelson said she saw police with guns drawn and heard them yell orders for someone inside the home to come outside.
One person was later seen being questioned in an unmarked car. That person was later allowed to reenter the home.
“It was really scary to wake-up to,” Nelson said.
Neighbors also said they had never seen the person being questioned.
Long after the crime scene vans, detectives and forensic officers leave the area, the questions remain: What are the details? Were local kids involved or at risk? What happens next?
One neighborhood mother said some good did come out of the Thursday raid: for the first time, she had a conversation with her neighbor. She said looking out for and learning about each other is a step towards deterring any type of crime.