On July 23, 2014 around 6 p.m. officers responded to the 200 block of South Washington Street in reference to a found child. A 3-year-old child was seen walking west on Clifford Street, by herself, in the middle of the road. After a door-to-door search of the neighborhood the child’s mother Stacey Lee Rodgers, 35, of Winchester was located at a residence in the 100 block of West Clifford Street. She was arrested and charged with child neglect. Rodgers was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where she was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. Social Services was contacted and responded to the scene.
An undercover operation by the Winchester Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division nets two Maryland women for prostitution. Madison Whittington, 18, and Lauren Jones, 22, both of Hagerstown, were arrested at a location in the City after exchanging money for the promise of sexual activities. They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
The Winchester Police Department has been conducting undercover operations aimed at arresting those who are arranging meetings online to engage in sexual encounters. With these recent operations, the department continues to send a message that this type of activity will not be tolerated in the City.
The Winchester Police Department arrested a man Thursday evening for stealing a number of items from a home in the city. Matthew James Elliott, 27, is charged with grand larceny. On July 8th officers responded to the 300 block of Fairview Avenue for a burglary. A resident said he came home to find that someone had broken into his house and stolen a number of his firearms, a knife, a gaming system, and lawn equipment. An investigation led detectives to Elliott. He was arrested on Thursday, July 10th around 6 p.m. and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
All of the items taken from the home on Fairview Avenue were recovered. Additional charges are pending.
The Winchester Police Department arrested four people last night for passing counterfeit $100 bills. On June 29th around 5:30 p.m. officers were called to 1850 Apple Blossom Drive for a report of counterfeit money being passed. Dispatchers provided an officer with a description of a male suspect. The first officer on the scene saw a male matching that description, and made contact with him. The male was identified as Frankie Ramirez, 19, of New York. An investigation revealed that Ramirez had passed several counterfeit $100 bills at two stores in the mall. Ramirez also had hundreds of dollars’ worth of counterfeit $100 dollar bills. Ramirez was arrested and charged with two counts of felony obtaining money by false pretenses, two counts of felony conspiracy, one misdemeanor count of obtaining money by false pretenses, and one felony count of possessing forged bank notes. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and held without bond.
An officer on the scene provided information on possible suspect vehicles from prior incidents of counterfeit bills being passed in the city. With that information officers were able to locate a vehicle with New York registration and determined there were three other suspects in this incident. David Pabon, 19, of New York was arrested and charged with counterfeit conspiracy and conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses. Nicholas Alma, 20, of New York was arrested and charged with identity theft, conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses, conspiracy to possess forged bank notes, and possession of forged bank notes. A 17-year-old juvenile from New York was taken to the juvenile detention center and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, possession of counterfeit notes, and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.
The businesses involved in this incident were able to determine the bills were counterfeit by using a counterfeit money detector pen and employees also indicated the money did not feel real. The Winchester Police Department recommends that businesses protect themselves by taking these necessary precautions.
Thousands of dollars of the fake money has been recovered. Officers ask that anyone who suspects they received counterfeit money to call the Winchester Police Department at 540-662-4131.
A Winchester man was arrested this afternoon and charged with abduction after an incident on Green Street. At 2 p.m. officers were called to the 600 block of Green Street for an attempted abduction. Officers were told that 25-year-old Margarito Cigarrora-Reyes of Winchester physically picked up a 9-year-old female as she was getting into a vehicle. The female’s caregiver yelled at the male and he left the area on foot. A fast-acting officer identified the male within two minutes of the call being dispatched, based on a description given by an emergency communications specialist. Cigarrora-Reyes was arrested in the 300 block of Green Street. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and charged with abduction. The 9-year-old female was not injured.
The quick actions of the caregiver, Emergency Communications Specialist III Adrianne Williams, and Master Patrol Officer A.J. McCoy led to the successful apprehension of the suspect in this incident.
The Winchester Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that happened at Goodwill Industries. On June 22nd just before 9 a.m. officers responded to the 400 block of Millwood Avenue in reference to the breaking and entering. Around 6 a.m. on June 22nd a black male broke into the building and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect was wearing a white sheet over himself.
The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS.
A West Virginia man was arrested Thursday afternoon for stealing jewelry out of local residents’ homes. Jayson Thomas Music, 33, of Bunker Hill, is charged with obtaining money by false pretense and grand larceny. An investigation revealed Music was stealing money out of homes he was entering to work on residents’ cable.
On Thursday detectives conducted two search warrants and a substantial amount of jewelry and jewelry boxes were located. Detectives believe some of these items may have been stolen during unreported incidents.
Officers are asking anyone who believes jewelry may have been taken in a similar incident to call the Criminal Investigations Division at (540) 545-4717. Residents will be required to describe their missing jewelry in detail and include the date the theft occurred. The items may have been stolen out of homes located in the City of Winchester and Frederick County.
Music was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and was released on bond.
Winchester Police arrested 31-year-old Jose Hernandez-Hernandez of Winchester early this morning and charged him with carnal knowledge and indecent liberties. An investigation revealed that Hernandez engaged in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl from Winchester. Hernandez was arrested around 7:20 a.m. in the first block of East Pall Mall Street. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
The case remains under investigation.
The Winchester Police Department is investigating a stabbing that occurred on May 22, 2014. Just after midnight officers responded to the first block of South Loudoun Street in reference to a possible stabbing. When officers arrived on scene they found a 42-year-old Winchester man who had an injury to his face. An investigation determined there was a second male, a 21-year-old Myrtle Beach man who had gone to the hospital for injuries to his abdomen. An investigation determined there was an argument between the two victims and another male. The suspect stabbed the victims with an unknown object.
The suspect is described as a black male, around 5’ 10” tall with a skinny build, wearing a dark shirt, dark pants, and a lime green hoodie with the hood up. The suspect was last seen running southbound on Loudoun Street towards Cork Street. The incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest in this case could result in a reward of up to $1,000.
The Winchester Police Department wants to warn local residents about a scam that involves phone calls from people pretending to be Winchester Police Officers asking for money to pay back taxes. On May 20th the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a resident who received several phone calls from a phone number with a 717 area code. On one occasion the caller identified himself as being with the IRS. On another call the individual said he was a police officer for the Winchester Police Department, but he would not provide a name or badge number. The caller told the victim that he owed more than $2,000 in back taxes that needed to be paid or he would be deported from the country. The victim was told to purchase several Pay Pal cards with the amount he “owed.” On two of the calls the phone number that came up on caller id was the Winchester Police Department non-emergency number (540-662-4131).
If you receive a call from someone stating they are from the Winchester Police Department or IRS, hang up and call the police department (540-662-4131) or IRS to confirm it is legitimate. We also want to remind local residents that you should be suspicious of anyone who calls you, says you owe money or have won money, and need to load money onto a pre-paid card as most of these calls involve scams.