Two Men Arrested, Charged with Abduction

On September 12, 2013 around 8 p.m. Winchester Police were called to the 600 block of Millwood Avenue for a reported abduction of an adult.  Officers were informed that two white males had gotten out of an older model white pickup truck, approached a male, assaulted him, and forced him into the truck.  The vehicle then left the area at a high rate of speed heading northbound on Pleasant Valley Road.  Officers located the vehicle in the 300 block of Wood Circle.  The victim, a 26 year-old male from Maurertown was found at a house on Wood Circle.  He was taken to Winchester Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Two suspects were also located at this residence.  Ethan Harold Clark, 23, and Andy Lewis Ralston, Jr., 24, both of Spotsylvania, were arrested and charged with Abduction.  They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.  The investigation into the incident is ongoing and further charges may be pending.

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

Wanted Sex Offender

Taffare Lee Hamrick

Taffare Lee Hamrick

The search is on for a Winchester man who failed to register as a sex offender.  Taffare Lee Hamrick, 19, of Winchester is wanted on a Capias warrant.  Hamrick is a black male, around 6’ 3” tall, weighs 180 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.  He has a history of crimes against children.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Crime Solvers Hotline at (540) 665-TIPS or the Winchester Police Department at (540) 662-4131.

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

Convicted Sex Offender on the Run

Jerry Paul Jenkins, Jr.

Jerry Paul Jenkins, Jr.

Law enforcement officers are asking for the public’s help in locating a convicted sex offender who has failed to re-register as a sex offender.  Jerry Paul Jenkins, Jr., 45, of Winchester is wanted on the following warrants:

  • Capias, Revocation of Probation (Winchester)
  • Capias, Revocation of Probation (Frederick County)
  • Probation Violation –  Felony (class 6) failure to re-register as a sex offender (Winchester)
  • Contempt of Court (Winchester)

Jenkins has a history of violence and crimes against children.  If you come in contact with him, do not approach him, and immediately contact law enforcement officials.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jenkins, please contact the Crime Solvers Hotline at (540) 665-TIPS, the Winchester Police Department at (540) 662-4131, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 662-6162 or the Virginia State Police at (800) 572-2260.

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

Sherry Cruz Arrested

Sherry Cruz

Sherry Cruz

Sherry Lee Cruz, 34, of Remington was arrested Friday, September 6th around 6 p.m. and charged with four counts of felony child neglect.  These charges are related to a June 18th fire that happened at 300 North Kent Street in Winchester.  Two year-old Christian Cruz died in the fire.  Sherry Cruz was arrested in Fauquier County on Friday and is being taken to Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.  The investigation into the fire is ongoing and there may be further charges in the case.  The Winchester Police Department and Winchester Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting a joint investigation on the fire.

Additional information on this investigation will be released 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

Safety Concerns in School Zone

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s immediate attention to traffic safety concerns near Handley High School.  Motorists are reminded that the road immediately behind Handley High School from Jefferson Street to Handley Boulevard is a private drive for school vehicles, school-authorized visitors, and public safety vehicles.  Unauthorized use of this road is now causing a safety concern because of students and buses in this area.  Therefore officers will be ticketing drivers on this private property and those who are parking their vehicles in the drop-off and pick-up circle on the south side of Handley High School.

We ask for your immediate cooperation in this area to ensure safety.

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

Winchester Man Charged with Malicious Wounding

Vincent Beatty

Vincent Beatty

On Saturday, August 17 around 9:30 p.m. Winchester Police were called to the first block of Jigsaw Place for a domestic assault.  When officers arrived the victim said Vincent Beatty, 21, of Winchester had thrown broken glass at her striking her in the shoulder.  When an officer made contact with Beatty inside the residence he would not comply with the officer’s instructions.  When the officer attempted to arrest him, he resisted.  An officer used a Taser in an attempt to control the suspect.  Beatty was arrested and charged with Malicious Wounding, Obstruction of Justice, Assault on Law Enforcement, and Resisting Arrest.  He was taken to Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

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

Bank Robber Arrested

A man wanted by Winchester Police for robbing United Bank was arrested Sunday morning in Maryland.  Winchester Police received a tip Saturday identifying the bank robbery suspect as 45-year-old Charles Franklin Adams, III of Stephens City.  The tipster saw surveillance pictures that were released on the Winchester Police Department’s Facebook page.  Winchester Police obtained warrants for Adams on bank robbery Saturday evening.  Adams was arrested around 9 a.m. Sunday in Howard County, Maryland during a traffic stop.  He was in the same truck that he was seen driving following the bank robbery.  The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (Virginia) also had outstanding warrants on Adams for one misdemeanor count of stealing checks, one count of grand larceny, and four counts of forgery.

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

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