Two Arrested in Prostitution Ring

Miguel Angel Perez-Gutierrez

Miguel Angel Perez-Gutierrez

 Gricelda Lopez

Gricelda Lopez

On June 6, 2013 the Winchester Police Department executed a search warrant at 340 Woodstock Lane #3.  Officers were following up on information received about possible prostitution at this address.  While conducting surveillance, officers saw several vehicles parked in front of the residence and several males go into and leave the apartment.  One male told an officer he was there to have sex with a female for $180.

Miguel Angel Perez-Gutierrez, 27, of Maryland was arrested and charged with keeping a bawdy place, aiding in prostitution, no business license, unlawful to engage in business of massage, identity theft, and fugitive from justice out of Maryland.  Gricelda Lopez, 24, of Philadelphia was arrested and charged with prostitution, aiding in prostitution, keeping a bawdy place, no business license, and unlawful to engage in business of massage.  They were both taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where they are being held without bond.

Members of the Winchester Police Department’s Community Response Team (CRT) including Master Patrol Officer R.A. Shillingburg and Officer D.W. Mowery are commended for their hard work and dedication on this case.

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

Winchester Woman Arrested for Child Neglect

Michelle Draper

Michelle Draper

A Winchester woman was arrested Thursday, June 6th and charged with two counts of child neglect.  Officers were notified around 1:30 Thursday afternoon of two children under the age of three playing in the street.  When officers arrived to the 100 block of East Pall Mall the children were soaking wet.  A 1-year-old male child was wearing a diaper, baby t-shirt, and did not have shoes on.  A 3-year-old female child was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and slippers.  The officer recognized one of the children from a previous incident and knew where their mother lived.  The children’s mother, Michelle Draper, 26, of Winchester was arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect.  She was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and was held without bond.

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

Vandalism at Construction Site

Jose Olguin-Arellano

Jose Olguin-Arellano

On May 16, 2013 around 6:40 a.m. Corporal J.D. Funk and Officer N.J. Morris were called to Merchant Tire and Auto at 2200 South Pleasant Valley Road for vandalism of the business.  The officers found that someone had spray painted graffiti at the construction site and that windows out of four garage bay doors had been broken.  The damage is estimated at $24,000.  Corporal Funk and Officer Morris were able to identify suspects in the case from an incident that occurred earlier in the morning.  They noticed that suspects from the earlier incident had paint on their hands that matched the color of the paint on the business.  Jose Olguin-Arellano, 18, of Winchester was arrested and charged with vandalism.  Two other juveniles from Winchester were also arrested and charged with vandalism.  They were released on a summons.  There is a fourth juvenile suspect in the case.

Around 1:19 a.m. Officer Morris was patrolling in the area of Allen Drive and Woodstock Lane when he observed four Hispanic males on the back of a trailer and truck.  The officer saw the four males remove a push mower from the trailer.  Three males were arrested.  A fourth male ran from the area.  Jose Olguin-Arellano was charged with petty larceny.  Two juveniles were charged with underage possession of alcohol.  These are the same suspects as in the vandalism of the business.  The two incidents remain under investigation.

Corporal Funk and Officer Morris did an excellent job connecting the suspects in these two incidents and charging those individuals.

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

Larcenies from Motor Vehicles

Items recovered from larceny from motor vehicle

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a number of larcenies from motor vehicles.  On May 12th around 5 a.m. officers were called to the area of Woodstock Lane and Allen Drive for two black males breaking into parked cars.  One suspect has been identified and charges are pending as the investigation continues.  Officers checked vehicles in the area and determined at least 17 vehicles had been broken into on Allen and Kinzel Drives.  Money and electronics were taken from the cars.  A Motorola power cord and USB cable (shown below) were recovered.  If you have information on the owner of these items, please contact the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704.

Residents are reminded to lock their car doors and to close all their car windows.  Also, don’t leave anything of value inside your car.

Anyone with information on these car break-ins 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

School Bus Incident

The Winchester Police Department received a call Monday morning at 8:34 a.m. from a Winchester Public School official reporting a disorderly juvenile on a special needs school bus.  A police officer responded to the scene, calmed the student, and remained with the student as the school bus continued its route.  While proceeding towards the school, the student was sitting next to the officer and he reached his finger into the officer’s holster and caused an accidental discharge of the weapon into the floor of the bus.  No one was injured.  Four students, a bus driver, and a bus aide were on the bus at the time.  Following the incident, students were transported to Daniel Morgan Middle School.

The police department is reviewing the situation per departmental policy.

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

Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

Hundel Ganthier

Hundel Ganthier

James Ganthier

James Ganthier

Two suspects in a Winchester armed robbery were arrested Wednesday morning.  Officers arrested Hundel Ganthier and James Ganthier at the Winchester Police Department around 10 a.m.  They are charged with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, assault and battery, brandishing a firearm, robbery, grand larceny, and using a firearm while committing a felony.

On April 21st around 6 p.m. officers responded to the 600 block of Watson Avenue for the report of a home invasion with firearm.  Two black males broke into a home and assaulted a female.  A gun was displayed.  Officers identified the males as Hundel Ganthier, 34, and James Ganthier, 29, both of Winchester.

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

Phone Scam Update

Local residents are continuing to receive calls from an automated message claiming to be from Winchester Federal Credit Union.  Residents are reminded to hang up when they receive these calls.  If you hang up and have not given your information on these calls, there is no need to call the police department.  If you have given your information including your credit card number, please contact your bank immediately and then call the Winchester Police Department Non-Emergency number at (540) 662-4131 to file a police report.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter as our dispatchers are experiencing a very high call volume due to Apple Blossom Festival.

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

Drug Bust

Louis Clemons

Louis Clemons

A Winchester man is charged with distribution of marijuana following a joint effort by the Winchester Police Department’s Community Response Team, Probation and Parole, and the Northwest VA Regional Drug Task Force.  On May 1st around 2:30 p.m. officers were conducting a probation check on Louis Clemons in the 200 block of West Street.  Officers found 108 plastic individual sealed bags containing Marijuana.  There was also a large amount of money found.  Clemons, 33, of Winchester was arrested and charged with Distribution of Marijuana and a Probation Violation.

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

Phone Scam

The Winchester Police Department wants to warn area residents of a phone scam.  Residents are receiving calls claiming to be from Winchester Federal Credit Union.  The automated message states that your debit card information has been restricted or compromised.  This is a scam.  Last week some residents received text messages with a similar message. Some of the numbers return to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico or are listed as “unknown”.  These calls and text messages are an attempt to obtain personal account information.  Please do not respond to these calls or give out any of your personal information over the phone or through other electronic means.  Winchester Federal Credit Union and other financial companies will not leave a phone message such as this and would not ask for your personal information over the phone.

If you have responded to these messages and given your personal information out, please call (800) 528-2273 to have your card blocked.

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

Operation Valley Venue

A special operation conducted by the Northwest VA Regional Drug and Gang Task Force cracked down on illegal narcotics in the area.  The eight hour operation aimed at identifying, targeting and arresting individuals responsible for the distribution, manufacturing, and transportation of illegal narcotics.  The North End Team covered the City of Winchester and Frederick County.  Agents conducted 21 searches of residences with probation officers.  The Task Force was assisted by six agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Winchester Police Department, Virginia State Police, Probation and Parole, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.  The group also visited 15 residences of interest.  The following arrests were made:

  • Jeremy Simpson for probation violation – 200 block of Millwood Avenue, Winchester
  • Matthew Hoenig for possession of narcotics and probation violation – 500 block of North Kent Street, Winchester
  • Terry Johnson for providing false information to a law enforcement officer – 100 block of Lamden Avenue, Winchester
  • Carroll Smith for possession of marijuana, 200 block of Ash Hollow Drive, Frederick County
  • Bradley Martin for probation violation, 1300 block of Pitcock Lane, Frederick County
  • Kathleen Stickley for possession of marijuana, 200 block of Cougar Trail, Frederick County

The following drugs were found during searches of homes; heroin, marijuana, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and prescription drugs.  Agents had encounters with four known gang members.  More than $900 of U.S. Currency was taken from a home in the 100 block of Lamden Avenue.  Five homes were cited with code violations and a residence on Bellview Avenue was deemed uninhabitable by Zoning and Inspections.

This was the first operation of its kind conducted in Winchester and Frederick County and is part of the Task Force’s effort to get drugs off our streets and make our area a safer place to live.

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