Beaten Unconscious

Officer Lawrence responded on May 10, 2008 at 11:22 p.m. to the Go Mart in the 3500 block of Williamson Road regarding a disorder. Mary Gilkes, age 50 of Roanoke, who gave a description of two suspects was assaulted by Dantonio Terrell Foster, age 25 of Roanoke. Officer B.L. Lawrence saw the suspects in a vehicle at the intersection of Huntington Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue. Officer Lawrence stopped the vehicle at 11:34 p.m. on Huntington Boulevard and the suspects fled on foot. Officer Lawrence was in the process of apprehending Foster when he was assaulted by the second suspect later identified as William Steele Jr., age 18 of Roanoke. Officers who were responding to assist Officer Lawrence located him in the 3400 block of Hillcrest Avenue. He was unconscious and transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Mr. Foster was later apprehended at the intersection of Queen Avenue and Lynhurst Street. He has been charged with malicious wounding of Ms. Gilkes and felony obstruction of justice. Mr. Steele was later apprehended by a police K-9 in the 900 block of Greenhurst Avenue. He has been charged with malicious wounding of a police officer and felony obstruction of justice. Officer Lawrence remains hospitalized.

Purchase a Poster

A poster (shown to the right) was created to benefit Officer Lawrence. The poster illustrates the history of the Police Department by displaying current and retired badges. The department's 125th anniversary badge is featured in the middle. The posters sell for $10 each, with 100% of the profits benefiting Officer Lawrence. To purchase a poster call the Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit at (540) 853-5300, and ask for Lieutenant D.C. Brabham or Ms. Cook.

Ofc. Lawrence Benefits

Motorcylce Ride
Thank you to everyone who participated in or attended the motorcycle ride to benefit Officer Bryan Lawrence, held on June 14, 2008. There are still ways you can help Officer Lawrence.

click here to view photos of the ride

Make a Donation
You can make a donation to Officer Lawrence at any Suntrust Bank branch location. Ask for the “RCPA Bryan Lawrence Fund.” You can also mail donations to the following address:

P.O. Box 12384
Roanoke, VA 24025

Make checks payable to the “RCPA Bryan Lawrence Fund.”

Send a Card
Cards for Officer Lawrence can be sent to the following address:

Roanoke Police Department Northeast Office
c/o Get Well Soon Officer Lawrence
1502 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24012

A recording of this information is also available at 853-5777.

The Roanoke Police Department thanks everyone for their support of Officer Lawrence!

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