October 2016

October 3, 2016


Roanoke, Va: On October 3, 2016 at 2:02 a.m. Roanoke Police responded to the 200 block of Market Street SW, Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint, to investigate a report of a robbery.

Upon arrival officers found three people on scene, two of them were Jack Brown employees, the other was a friend of one of the employees.  Officers arrived within one minute and both suspects were gone by the time officers got there.  One of the victims said that while they were taking out the trash, the victim was approached by the two suspects wearing ski masks.  One of them was armed with a handgun.  The victim said he told the suspects the back door to the business was locked so they could not get in.  The armed suspect fired a shot at the back door handle to try and force it open but it remained locked.  The other victim came to the back door and, fearing for their safety and the other employee, let the suspects into the building.   Once inside, the suspects took the business's safe and ran out the back door.  No one was hurt during the robbery.  

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.  Callers can choose to remain anonymous.  Anonymous text messages can also be sent to the number 274637 [crimes].  Please start any text message with the keyword "RoanokePD:" to ensure that it's properly sent.

October 19, 2016


Roanoke, Va: On October 13, 2016 at 7:02 a.m. Roanoke Police were called to the 3100 block of Shenandoah Avenue NW, the Hilltop Restaurant, to investigate a burglary.  Officers found evidence of forced entry into the business.  Restaurant staff told officers that cash and at least one other item belonging to restaurant had been taken.  Further investigation revealed that the burglary had taken place early on the morning of October 13th.  Two suspects entered the business.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.  Callers can choose to remain anonymous.  Anonymous text messages can also be sent to 274637 [Crimes].  Please start any text message with the keyword "RoanokePD:" to ensure that it's properly sent.

October 25, 2016


Roanoke, Va.-  At approximately 6:02 a.m. on October 25, 2016 Roanoke Police responded to a shots fired call in the 800 block of Campbell Avenue SE, Freight Car America.  At 6:04 a.m., officers on scene advised that a workplace shooting incident had taken place in the paint shop area of the facility.  The facility is situated within the Norfolk Southern Locomotive Shops across a set of working railroad tracks adjacent to Campbell Avenue SE. 

The evacuation of the facility was already underway as the initial officers arrived. Roanoke Fire EMS assets were staged on scene and local emergency medical personnel provided assistance to wounded employees in the paint shop area.  A total of four employees were struck by gunfire. One employee sustained a fatal wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. Roanoke Fire EMS transported the three remaining victims to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries. 

The identity of the deceased victim, as well as the three wounded employees, is not being released at this time out of consideration for the family members, some of whom are out of state.

At this time we believe approximately ten rounds were fired from a 9MM semi-automatic handgun used by the assailant. The individual responsible for this attack has been identified as Getachew Fekede, age 53, of Roanoke. He was found deceased at the scene from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No shots were fired by any of the responding law enforcement officers.

Fekede worked at the Freight Car America facility in March of this year. Our active investigation has confirmed that Fekede lived in the 2000 block of Lynn Avenue SW. His residence has been checked by our investigators as a precaution and to collect any potential evidence that may be linked to this incident.

At this time, there is no evidence of any other individuals being involved in this incident. All information at this point is that Fekede acted as the sole perpetrator. The investigation is ongoing.

The Roanoke Police Department would like to thank all the law enforcement and public safety agencies that assisted us this morning, including the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office, Roanoke Fire EMS, Virginia State Police, the Roanoke County Police Department, the Norfolk Southern Police Department, the FBI, and the ATF.