United Bank Robbery Under Investigation

The Winchester Police Department is looking for a man who robbed United Bank on Berryville Avenue Saturday morning.  At 9:42 a.m. officers were called to 1041 Berryville Avenue for a robbery.  The suspect came into the bank and demanded money.  He left the business with an undisclosed amount of money.  He is described as a white male, in his late 30’s, about 6’ tall, 180 – 190 lbs., and has a scruffy beard.  He was last seen wearing a dark gray or black long-sleeve mock turtleneck, dark colored cargo shorts, and a white hat with an unknown emblem on it.  The suspect was seen getting into a white, late 1980’s or early 1990’s Chevrolet truck.  He was seen leaving on Elm Street and turning westbound on Berryville Avenue.  The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS (8477).

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Attempted Armed Robbery Under Investigation

The Winchester Police Department is investigating an attempted armed robbery that happened at 2082 South Pleasant Valley Road.  Around 9:15 p.m. on July 19, officers were called to BB&T.  A female was making a night deposit at the bank when a white male wearing a ski mask approached her and demanded money.  People in the area who witnessed the incident began yelling at the male.  That’s when he left the scene in a silver Nissan Altima driven by a female with blonde hair.  The car was seen heading North on Pleasant Valley Road.  The male suspect is described as around 25 years-old and was wearing a black t-shirt and black hat.  He did not get away with any money.

If you have any information on this case please contact the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS (8477).

The Winchester Police Department will release additional information on this incident as it becomes available.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Woman Arrested for Leaving Dog in Hot Car

Tammy Lynn Fiddler

Tammy Fiddler

A Stephens City woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with animal cruelty.  The Winchester Police Department was called to the 2300 block of South Pleasant Valley Road around 2:30 p.m. for the report of a dog locked in a truck without ventilation.  When officers arrived the dog was in distress.  He was panting heavily and attempting to get out of the vehicle.  The outside temperature at the time was around 80 degrees.  The internal temperature of the truck was 95 degrees.  Officers removed the dog from the vehicle.  The dog was taken to an animal hospital to be treated for heat exposure with an internal temperature of 106.8 degrees.  Any temperature in excess of 103 degrees is dangerous to dogs and requires immediate treatment.

Tammy Fiddler, 41, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.  She was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The Winchester Police Department wants to remind residents to leave their animals at home when it’s hot outside.  It only takes a few minutes for the inside of your car to reach a dangerous temperature, even when the windows have been left open.  If you see an animal left alone in a hot car, call police.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Man Arrested Following Attempted Bank Robbery

The Winchester Police Department received a call Friday, June 28th just before 12:30 for an attempted bank robbery at United Bank on Berryville Avenue.  When units arrived on scene they were told a suspect left the area on foot.  Officers searched the area around United Bank for the male.  A suspect was detained at the corner of National Avenue and Raleigh Court and was taken in for questioning just before 2 p.m.  John Matthew Jenkins, 28, of Stephens City was arrested and charged with attempted robbery.

Winchester Sheriff’s Deputies, Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Frederick County K-9 Unit assisted in the search.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

House Fire Under Investigation

On Thursday, June 27, 2013 the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched at 6:47 p.m. for a house fire at 320-A North Kent Street.  Units arrived on scene within minutes of receiving the call and saw fire coming out of the front and left side of the house.  The bulk of the fire on the first floor was knocked down within 12 minutes.  The house is divided into two apartments; one upstairs and one downstairs.  All residents were able to escape the house unharmed.

Thirteen fire and rescue units from Winchester and Frederick County responded to the fire.  No one was injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire Marshals and the Winchester Police Department.

The Red Cross and CCAP responded to the scene to assist the residents.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Police Search for Wanted Man

Timothy Berry

Timothy Berry

The Winchester Police Department is looking for a man who should be considered armed and dangerous.  Police were called to the 500 block of York Avenue Thursday just before 10 p.m. for the report of an assault with a firearm.  The SWAT team secured the area and evacuated residents inside the apartment.  York Avenue was blocked off.

Officers are looking for Timothy Berry, 45, of Winchester.  He’s a white male, 6’ tall, 203 pounds, and has short spiked blonde hair and blue eyes.

Berry is wanted out of Frederick County for revoked probation/grand larceny auto theft, revoked probation/felony petty larceny, and revoked probation/unauthorized use.  Charges are pending in Winchester.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS (8477).

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Man Arrested Following Overnight Search

Timothy Berry

Timothy Berry

A man wanted following an overnight search was arrested Friday morning around 9:30 in Frederick County.  Timothy Berry, 45, of Winchester was taken into custody at the 7-Eleven on North Frederick Pike.  He was then transported to Winchester Medical Center.

Berry is charged with felony abduction, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and misdemeanor brandishing of a firearm.  Winchester Police were called to the 500 block of York Avenue just before 10 p.m. Thursday.  It was reported that Berry had brandished a firearm and was still inside the residence.  The SWAT team secured the area and evacuated residents inside the apartment.  York Avenue was blocked off.

Berry was wanted out of Frederick County for revoked probation/grand larceny auto theft, revoked probation/felony petty larceny, and revoked probation/unauthorized use.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Man Arrested Following Attempted Bank Robbery

The Winchester Police Department received a call Friday just before 12:30 for an attempted bank robbery at United Bank on Berryville Avenue.  When units arrived on scene they were told a suspect left the area on foot.  Officers searched the area around United Bank for the male.  A suspect was detained at the corner of National Avenue and Raleigh Court and was taken in for questioning just before 2 p.m.  John Matthew Jenkins, 28, of Stephens City was arrested and charged with attempted robbery.

Winchester Sheriff’s Deputies, Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Frederick County K-9 Unit assisted in the search.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Man Arrested for Malicious Wounding

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a malicious wounding that occurred on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Just after noon officers were called to the Winchester News Stand at 30 East Piccadilly Street for the report of a stabbing.  When officers arrived they were informed that an altercation had occurred between a clerk and a customer.  During that altercation the customer stabbed the 77-year-old clerk in the wrist.  The clerk was treated at the scene.  Nicholas West, 56, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding.  West was arrested on North Loudoun Street and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at (540) 665-TIPS (8477).

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Investigation Continues into Deadly Fire

There have been a number of questions about Tuesday’s fatal fire on North Kent Street.  The purpose of this press release is to update the public on the investigation.  The Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire Marshals are conducting a joint investigation into the fire.  Joint investigations are conducted on all fires involving a fatality to determine the origin and cause of the fire, and the cause of death.  On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2-year-old Christian Cruz died in the fire at 300 North Kent Street.  At this time the investigation is in the preliminary stages.  Two search warrants have been obtained and executed.  The first search was executed at 300 North Kent Street where the fire happened to help determine the origin and cause of the fire.  Investigators detected a strong odor consistent with that of flammable liquid in the living room of the house.  Evidence was collected and sent to the state forensic lab for analysis.  The second search was completed in a trash compactor at Winchester Medical Center.  The purpose of the second search was to recover the clothing worn by Sherry Cruz, the only adult inside the house when the fire happened.

The fire on Tuesday was very tragic, as a child lost his life and two others were injured.  We ask for the media’s patience as investigators continue to determine the cause of the fire.

The family is grateful for the community’s support and donations, but they ask that all monetary donations be made at Enders and Shirley Funeral Home in Berryville and all other donations be made to Highland Memorial Presbyterian Church in Winchester.

As we are able to release additional information, we will hold another press conference.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS, Sgt. Frank Myrtle at (540) 545-4717, or Assistant Fire Marshal Matt Gearhart at (540) 545-4712.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov