Winchester Woman Indicted on Second Degree Murder Charge

A Winchester grand jury indicted Nija Johnson, 18, of Winchester Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge. Johnson is charged in the death of her 6-month-old daughter Natalia Johnson. On January 20th around 1:30 p.m. officers responded to the 600 block of Sherlock Trace in reference to a baby in cardiac arrest. The infant was taken to Winchester Medical Center and was then flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she later died on January 23rd.

Nija Johnson

Nija Johnson

An investigation revealed Nija Johnson caused the death of Natalia. The investigation is ongoing and the details of the case will be released during court proceedings.

Nija Johnson was arrested just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the first block of Raleigh Court following the direct indictment. She was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Winchester Police Ask for Tips on the Whereabouts of Wanted Subject

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted person. Isaac Henry Burns, Jr., 27, of Winchester is wanted for eluding police, capias, and probation violation in Winchester. He is also wanted out of Staunton, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland.

Isaac Henry Burns, Jr.

Isaac Henry Burns, Jr.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Isaac Burns is asked call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in this case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Crime Solvers Tips Help Lead to Arrest of Shoplifting Suspect

Tips called into the Crime Solvers Hotline led to the arrest of a shoplifting suspect. The Winchester/Frederick/Clarke Crime Solvers Hotline received around 25 tips last week after the Winchester Police Department released a surveillance photo of a suspect in a felony shoplifting. Jeanette Marie Barrett, 37, of Inwood, West Virginia was arrested around 4:30 Monday afternoon. Barrett is charged with one felony count of shoplifting.

Jeanette Marie Barrett

Jeanette Marie Barrett

Winchester Police Officers responded to Kohl’s, located in the 2100 block of South Pleasant Valley Road, around 5:30 p.m. on January 19th in reference to a shoplifting. A white female could be seen on surveillance cameras taking around $300 worth of jewelry and then leaving the store. She left in a grey four door sedan with a West Virginia license plate.

The Winchester Police Department would like to thank the public for its assistance in identifying the suspect in this case.

Two Charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine

On Sunday, January 25th around 7:30 p.m. Winchester Police Officers responded to the 1700 block of Amherst Street in reference to suspicious persons. Officers began investigating and made contact with the individuals at the business. Officers discovered numerous chemicals and other evidence inside of their vehicle that were consistent with a mobile meth lab. Agents with the North West Virginia Regional Drug Task Force responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Vivian Sophia Howard, 31, and Ian Kirkwood Finch, 26, both of Winchester were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine. They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Ian Finch and Vivian Howard

Ian Finch and Vivian Howard

An investigation revealed that Howard and Finch had gone to several locations and attempted to purchase Pseudoephedrine. After they had been denied the purchases, they were in the process of trying to get other individuals to buy it for them. Pseudoephedrine is a common cold and allergy medication that is used in the production of methamphetamine.

Through the investigation it appeared that some of the chemicals found were used in previous mixtures to produce methamphetamine, however, the mobile meth lab was not active at the time law enforcement were in contact with the two suspects.

**The mugshot for Ian Finch was not immediately available.  This post will be updated with his picture once it is received.

Winchester Police Investigate Breaking and Entering

The Winchester Police Department is investigating several incidents of breaking and entering that occurred at All Points Self Storage located on Shawnee Drive. On January 11th at approximately 10:45 a.m. officers responded to the business after it was discovered several locks had been cut off of storage units. It is believed this incident occurred during the overnight hours between Saturday and Sunday. A total of 75 storage units were entered.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

Winchester Man Arrested for Crimes Against Children

The Winchester Police Department arrested a man Monday night for sexually assaulting children. LaMarcus Thomas, 30, is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault against children. The victims in this case are a 12-year-old male and 14-year-old male from Winchester. The alleged crimes occurred on October 11th.

LaMarcus Thomas

LaMarcus Thomas

Thomas was arrested just after 6 p.m. Monday night in the 500 block of North Loudoun Street and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

This case remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone with information on this case should contact the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS or Detective C.W. Coleman of the Winchester Police Department at 540-545-4704.

Winchester Man Arrested After Holding Woman at Knifepoint

Winchester Police arrested a man early this morning after he held a woman at knifepoint. Derek Duane Stacy, 29, is charged with abduction, bomb threat, and attempted malicious wounding.

Derek Duane Stacy

Derek Duane Stacy

Around 1:30 a.m. officers responded to the 500 block of Highland Avenue for a subject who was holding a person at knifepoint and threatened to have a bomb inside. An officer who arrived on scene was able to speak with the suspect who made a number of threats to harm the victim. A second officer was able to enter the apartment building, as the threats escalated, and used an electronic controlled device to subdue Stacy who was then taken into custody. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

The victim was a 30-year-old female from Winchester. No one was injured.

The officers in this incident did an excellent job handling a situation which was quickly escalating and they were able to react in a way to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Suspects in Smash in Grabs Behind Bars

Two suspects in a rash of smashed window incidents are now behind bars. Christopher Michael Hess and Felicia Ann Somers, both 23 of Martinsburg, were arrested in Mineral County, West Virginia on outstanding warrants from Winchester. The warrants relate to eight reports of windows being busted out and purses being stolen from vehicles between November 3rd and November 22nd. Hess is charged with 10 felony counts of credit card larceny, eight counts of destruction of property, four counts of petty larceny, and three counts of grand larceny. Somers is charged with one felony count of credit card larceny, two counts of vandalism, and two counts of grand larceny. They’re being held at Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

The Winchester Police Department thanks the public for its help in identifying the suspects when surveillance video of the suspect’s vehicle was released.

Christopher Hess

Christopher Hess

Felicia Ann Somers

Felicia Ann Somers

 

Winchester Police Charge Man with Attempted Second Degree Murder

The Winchester Police Department has charged a city resident with attempted second degree murder following an incident Tuesday morning. Officers responded to the 2300 block of Valley Avenue at 5:22 a.m. in reference to a domestic situation. Officers were informed by a female that a male had held a gun to her head and pulled the trigger, but the firearm did not fire. Jonathan Lee Long, Sr., 51, was charged with domestic violence, brandishing a firearm, and reckless handling of a firearm. Officers also served Long with warrants for attempted second degree murder and felony child neglect. He is being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. The incident remains under investigation.

Jonathan Lee Long, Sr.

Jonathan Lee Long, Sr.

The Search is on for Suspect in Smash and Grabs

The Winchester Police Department has obtained 25 warrants for a suspect in a rash of smashed window incidents. Within minutes of posting the information on social media, the public helped identify the owner of a vehicle seen on surveillance video during the incidents. Christopher Michael Hess, 23, of Martinsburg is now facing 10 felony counts of credit card larceny, eight counts of destruction of property, four counts of petty larceny, and three counts of grand larceny. The charges stem from eight reports of windows being busted out and purses being stolen from vehicles between November 3rd and November 22nd. Additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Christopher Michael Hess is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.