Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

A 24-year-old Winchester man was arrested early Friday morning in connection with two bank robberies at United Bank. Robert Austin Scott was taken into custody around 7:30 Friday morning. He was arrested after the Winchester Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) executed a search warrant, earlier in the morning, at a residence in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. A firearm and clothing were taken from the residence. A second search warrant was executed by detectives on a truck at the residence and clothing was taken. Scott is charged with two counts of armed robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. An investigation led detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division to Scott. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond.

Robert Austin Scott

Robert Austin Scott

Scott is charged with robbing United Bank at 2252 Valley Avenue in Winchester on September 18th and again on October 6th. During both of the robberies he displayed a gun and demanded money.

Frederick County Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police

The Winchester Police Department arrested a Frederick County man after he lead officers on a chase through the city. Officers were called to Walmart on South Pleasant Valley Road on Wednesday around 7 p.m. in reference to a shoplifting. When officers arrived the suspect left the scene in a pickup truck. The vehicle turned south on South Pleasant Valley Road and officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The truck continued travelling at a high rate of speed and made a left-hand turn onto Leicester Street where the driver lost control of the vehicle hitting a fence and porch in the 400 block of South Loudoun Street. The driver left the scene on foot and officers caught up to him. Ashby Stoneberger, 26, was arrested and taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment. He was released and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. Stoneberger is charged with felony shoplifting, felony eluding police, obstruction of justice, reckless driving, destruction of property, driving under the influence of drugs, and additional charges may be pending.

Ashby Stoneberger

Ashby Stoneberger

Winchester Police Investigate Armed Bank Robbery

Winchester Police Detectives are investigating an armed bank robbery that happened around 2:45 Monday afternoon. Officers were called to United Bank at 2252 Valley Avenue after a male suspect walked into the bank, displayed a weapon, and demanded money. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. He is described as a white male in his 20s, around 190 lbs., and was last seen wearing a black hat, striped hoodie, black t-shirt, and khaki shorts. During the robbery he was wearing a grey bandana across his face to conceal his identity. Detectives believe the male left the area in a green pickup truck with rust on the wheel wells and no camper on top.United Bank Robbery 10-6

No one was injured during the incident.

Units from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police responded to the scene to assist with the incident.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

Scene Cleared Following Suspicious Package

Winchester Police were called to the scene of a suspicious package around 11:30 Saturday morning. A Walmart store employee saw the package located in a grassy area of the parking lot and called police. Officers responded to the scene on South Pleasant Valley Road and evacuated the area of the parking lot near the package. Virginia State Police’s Bomb Squad Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. The Bomb Squad determined there was no evidence to suggest the package contained any explosive devices, however the contents of the package will be investigated. The scene was cleared around 2 p.m.

A unit from Shawnee Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department also responded to the scene.

Police Seek Information on Suspect in Larceny

The Winchester Police Department is investigating the larceny of an iPad from a local business. On July 27th just after 2 p.m. a black male walked into Valley Discount at 2260 Valley Avenue, and stole an iPad. Video surveillance shows the male who was wearing a red and white striped shirt, take the iPad, which was white in color, and tuck it under his shirt as he exits the store.

Anyone with is able to help identify the suspect in this case is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

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Suspects Sought in Theft and Attempted Fraud

UPDATED INFORMATION:  The Winchester Police Department has received information that the suspects in this incident purchased gas at Handy Mart in Front Royal.  They were believed to be in a silver convertible; possibly a Chrysler.

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The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two males in a recent larceny and attempted fraud incident. On September 27, 2014 just before 10 a.m. a woman was shopping at Target in Winchester when someone stole her blue Relic wallet out of her purse. At a Front Royal Target, the suspect attempted to charge a more than $2,000 transaction to a credit card that was inside the wallet. Video surveillance shows a black male approaching the victim and keeping her attention by asking questions while a second black male goes into her purse that was located in the cart. The video indicates that the two males were working together in the theft of the wallet. Target2 Target 1

Anyone who is able to help identify the suspects is asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS.

Winchester Police remind members of the public to not leave belongings like purses and wallets in a shopping cart when they are shopping, but to instead keep it on their arm or in a pocket to help avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime.

 

Winchester Woman Arrested Following Indictment

A Winchester woman is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and human trafficking following an investigation. Holly Geib, 50, was arrested just before 3 p.m. on September 24, 2014 after being indicted on the two charges Tuesday. Geib had knowledge that her 13-year-old daughter was having sexual relations with Jose Hernandez-Hernandez. Hernandez-Hernandez was also indicted Tuesday on charges of carnal knowledge of a child and indecent liberties with a child. He is being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Holly Geib

Holly Geib

 

Sub-section three under Code of Virginia 18.2-355 states a person can be charged with human trafficking for “being parent, guardian, legal custodian or one standing in loco parentis of a person, consents to such person being taken or detained by any person for the purpose of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse.”

 

 

Detectives Investigate Pair of Breaking and Enterings

The Winchester Police Department is investigating two breaking and enterings that occurred last night.

The first incident was reported at approximately 6:40 a.m. at Hopscotch Coffee located in the 200 block of Millwood Avenue. Employees arrived at the business and discovered a window on the east side of the business had been broken. It was discovered that entry was made to the business and electronics and an undisclosed amount of money was taken. This business was also broken into on August 24, 2014 and that incident is still under investigation.

The second incident was reported at approximately 9 a.m. at Ruby Tuesday located in the 1600 block of South Pleasant Valley Road. Employees arrived at the business and noticed a window on the south side of the business had been broken. Officers responded and discovered that entry was made to the business and electronics were stolen from the business.

Police are still investigating if these incidents are related.

The police department is reminding the public that if they observe any suspicious activity around a closed business, please contact the police department as soon as possible.

Police Investigate Armed Bank Robbery

The Winchester Police Department is investigating an armed bank robbery that happened just before 1 p.m. on September 18th at United Bank on Valley Avenue. The suspect walked into the bank, displayed a gun, and demanded money. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen heading east on foot. A police canine tracked a scent behind Wards Plaza to Hope Drive where the track ended.United Bank Suspect

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s, around 5′ 10″ tall, 180 lbs., wearing khaki shorts, a gray fleece jacket, a white hat, and a white handkerchief covering his face.

There were four employees in the bank during the robbery. No one was injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

Winchester Man Arrested Following Double Stabbing

Melvin Eugene Robert AlexanderA Winchester man is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding following a stabbing late Sunday night. Officers responded to the 1800 block of Henry Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. for a stabbing. When officers arrived at the residence they found two people outside with stab wounds. A 36-year-old male victim from Winchester had stab wounds to his neck. A second victim, a 26-year-old male from Bunker Hill, West Virginia, had stab wounds to his neck and his arm. Officers identified the suspect as 28-year-old Melvin Eugene Robert Alexander. Alexander was inside of a residence in the 1700 block of Henry Avenue and would not exit. The Winchester SWAT team responded to the scene and took Alexander into custody. He was taken to Winchester Medical Center and was treated and released. Alexander was arrested and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene with their K-9 partners and assisted police units.

The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.