Virginia family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against HOA, Security company, and guard

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week, attorney John R. Fletcher, Tavss Fletcher, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of The Estate of Jiansheng Chen. You may recall that Chen was fatally shot 5 times by a City Wide security guard, Jonathan Cromwell, on the night of January 26, 2017. Chen’s family says he was in his vehicle parked, playing Pokémon Go, on common property near the clubhouse of River Walk Association, when Continue ReadingVirginia family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against HOA, Security company, and guard

Ex-security guard convicted of 2nd degree murder of Chinese grandfather

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two years ago, a former Citywide Protection Service security guard, working for the River Walk homeowners association, shot and killed 60-year old Jiansheng Chen, while he was sitting in his minivan, playing Pokémon Go. Last Friday, a jury convicted Jonathan Cromwell of 2nd degree murder and a weapons charge, and on Monday they jury recommended a 30-year prison sentence. Jiansheng Chen, age 60, was shot and killed on Jan. Continue ReadingEx-security guard convicted of 2nd degree murder of Chinese grandfather

Riverwalk HOA security guard charges upgraded to first degree murder

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Shocking news from Chesapeake, VA, following the shooting death of Jiansheng Chen, a resident of River Walk Community in January. According to WAVY-10 news, charges against Johnathan Cromwell have been upgraded to first-degree murder, and a trail date has been set for September 26. A first-degree murder charge indicates that investigators and prosecutors believe the shooting was deliberate and premeditated. The motive behind the alleged crime has not yet Continue ReadingRiverwalk HOA security guard charges upgraded to first degree murder

River Walk HOA fires Citywide Protection after 2nd degree murder charges filed

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The latest news reported by WTKR 3 News: following Jonathan Cromwell’s arrest on 2nd degree murder charges involved in the shooting death of Jiansheng Chen, River Walk Community Association has canceled its contract with Citywide Protection Services. According to the report, several homeowners say that Citywide security guards have always been armed and aggressive. Most homeowners were not even aware that the Community had contracted with a security company. Continue ReadingRiver Walk HOA fires Citywide Protection after 2nd degree murder charges filed