Winchester Police have arrested a man in connection with vandalism found at Taylor Hotel in August, after forensic evidence linked the suspect to the crime. On October 14th around 11 a.m. officers arrested Dale Marchant, 21, of Winchester and charged him with vandalism. Marchant is charged with spray painting several swastikas outside of the Cajun Experience at the Taylor Hotel on North Loudoun Street. Marchant was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was given a $2,000 secured bond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.