Winchester Woman Charged with Filing a False Police Report

A Winchester woman is charged with filing a false police report after she admits to officers she lied about being assaulted in a local business.  Heather Marie Baker, 24, told officers on December 13, 2012 that she was assaulted by three black males in the bathroom of a business.  During a follow-up interview with Detective C. Coleman, Baker admitted to making up the story.  She’s charged with one count of filing a false police report which is punishable as a class 1 misdemeanor.  If convicted Baker could face a penalty of up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

Filing of a false police report is a serious criminal offense that takes time and resources away from real cases.  The Winchester Police Department will charge individuals who have committed this crime and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.  Those found guilty of the crime may also be ordered to pay full restitution for the cost of investigating the crime.

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 Sexually Assaulting a Juvenile

Ignacio Ramirez

Ignacio Ramirez

On January 20, 2013 the Winchester Police Department  arrested 50-year-old Ignacio Ramirez for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old  female.  Around 5 o’clock the victim was  approached by Ignacio who convinced her to go to a storage unit on West Monmouth  Street where the incident occurred.   Ramirez is charged with abduction, strangulation, forcible sodomy,  aggravated sexual battery, and object sexual penetration.  The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to  call Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS.

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

Scene Cleared After Suspicious Package

On  January 18, 2013 around 11:30 a.m. Winchester Police were called to the Food  Lion at 2600 Valley Avenue for the report of a suspicious package.  The Virginia State Police Bomb Squad was  called to the scene to assist in the investigation.  Food Lion and the China House II restaurant  were evacuated to ensure the safety of employees and patrons.  The Bomb Squad x-rayed the package and found  that there was nothing suspicious inside.   The package was metal and appeared to be homemade.  The scene was cleared and the stores were  reopened around 3 p.m.

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

Armed Robbery Under Investigation

The Winchester Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened on January 5, 2013.  At 10:10 a.m. officers were called to Approved Cash Advance at 726 Berryville Avenue.  Two males between the ages of 20 and 30 came into the store and demanded money.  They left the business and were last seen heading westbound on foot.  An unknown amount of cash was taken.  The males are described as being around 6’ tall and had on dark clothing, dark gloves, and ski masks.  A gun was shown during the robbery.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact 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