Police Pursuit Ends with Two Arrested

The Winchester Police Department arrested two people early this morning following a pursuit through the City.  Just after midnight officers were in the 800 block of Berryville Avenue when they saw a male pull his vehicle into the middle of a parking lot, rev his engine, and start doing doughnuts in the lot.  When officers attempted to pull the car over, it left the parking lot, travelling westbound on Berryville Avenue toward Pleasant Valley Road at a high rate of speed.  The vehicle continued through the City running a red light, nearly causing a crash, and eventually came to a stop in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue.  Officers made contact with the passenger Sierra Hart, 18, of Winchester and the driver, Joshua Wayne Hoke, 25, of Winchester.  When searching the vehicle officers found marijuana and a large sum of cash.

Hoke was arrested and charged with reckless driving, eluding police, driving under the influence, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, grand larceny, and driving with a revoked license.  Hart was charged with possession of alcohol under the age of 21 and distribution of marijuana.  They were both taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.  Hoke was held without bond.

Sierra Hart

Sierra Hart

Joshua Hoke

Joshua Hoke

Winchester Man Arrested for Impersonating Police

On Sunday, April 27th around 9:45 p.m. officers were called to the 1300 block of Berryville Avenue for a report of a male identifying himself as Winchester Police in order to gain access to a hotel room.  When officers arrived to the scene the male ran towards Elm Street and then back towards Berryville Avenue.  The male, 42-year-old Peter Joseph Holland was arrested in the 1200 block of Berryville Avenue and charged with impersonating a police officer and possession of marijuana.  Holland was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

Peter Holland

Peter Holland

Burglary at Local Food Pantry

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a burglary at Adventist Community Services.  Just before 1 p.m. officers responded to Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the 1500 block of Valley Avenue.  When officers arrived they found that someone had damaged three doors at the food pantry and gained entry through one of the doors.  Non-perishable and perishable food items were taken as well as wrapping paper.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.  Information leading to the arrest of a suspect could result in a reward.

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

 

Arrest Made in Stabbing

Brandyn SmallsA Washington, D.C. man is charged with malicious wounding following a stabbing early Saturday morning.  Just before 1 a.m. Winchester Police Officers responded to a restaurant in the 100 block of North Loudoun Street for a domestic fight.  While officers were handling that incident, they were advised that a stabbing had occurred in a separate incident at the restaurant.  The victim, a 24-year-old male from Winchester, was stabbed a number of times in the chest, neck, back, elbow, and wrist.  He was taken to Winchester Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

The suspect, Brandyn Smalls, 23, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and released.  Smalls was arrested and charged with malicious wounding.  He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and is held without bond.

The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division and charges are pending.  If anyone has information they are urged to call the Crime Solvers Hotline 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

Winchester Police Investigate Stabbing

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a stabbing that happened early Saturday morning.  Just before 1 a.m. officers responded to a restaurant in the 100 block of North Loudoun Street for a domestic situation.  While officers were handling that incident, a stabbing occurred in a separate incident at the restaurant.  The victim, a 24-year-old male from Winchester, was stabbed a number of times in the chest area.  He was taken to Winchester Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  The suspect, a 23-year-old male from Washington, D.C., was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division and charges are pending.  If anyone has information they are urged to call the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS.

As more information is available we will send out updates in a subsequent press release.

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

Man Sought for Indecent Exposure at Local Business

The search is on for a man who indecently exposed himself to a woman at a local business.   On January 29, 2014 just after 3 p.m. Winchester Police Officers were called to the first block of West Fairfax Lane for an incident exposure.  A victim said a male exposed himself to her while inside a laundromat.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic or white male with an accent, between 40 and 50 years old, with some facial hair growth, wearing a green zip-up jacket, black pants, and a black beanie style hat.  His clothes were described as looking old.

If you have any information on the suspect in this case please call the Crime Solvers Hotline 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

Officers Investigate Burglary at Northside Laundry

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a burglary and forced entry at Northside Laundry that happened over the weekend.  Officers were called to the 800 block of North Loudoun Street just after 8:30 Sunday morning.  Officers found that a storage room door had been broken into and electronic equipment and money was taken.  The incident happened between Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Crime Solvers Hotline 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

Arrests Made in Prostitution Ring

Samantha Porter

Samantha Porter

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Chelsey Kern

Chelsey Kern

Zachery Gloster

Zachery Gloster

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winchester Police made four arrests between January 16th and January 17th related to an investigation of a prostitution ring.  Rachel Nicole Cook, 28, of Winchester, Samantha Nicole Porter, 19, of Gore, and Chelsey Elizabeth Kern, 18, of Winchester were all arrested and charged with prostitution.  Zachery Gloster, 26, of Florida was charged with felony receiving money from a prostitute.  Cook, Porter, and Kern were soliciting sex online.  Cook and Gloster were arrested around 10 p.m. in the 2700 block of Valley Avenue.  Porter and Kern were arrested around 12:30 a.m. on January 17th in the 900 block of Millwood Pike.

They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.  The case remains under investigation.  The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the investigation.

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

Winchester Man Arrested Following Shoplifting Incident

Jose Garcia-Aragon

Jose Garcia-Aragon

A Winchester man is facing a number of charges following an incident Wednesday evening.  Just before 6 p.m. officers were called to the 2300 block of South Pleasant Valley Road for a shoplifting that had occurred.  An officer was informed that a child was seen running across the street in this area and was almost hit by a car.  An officer made contact with Jose Angel Garcia-Aragon, 51, behind a fast food restaurant.  Garcia-Aragon was then taken back to Walmart where he reportedly shoplifted.  An investigation revealed that Garcia-Aragon had brought a 10-year-old male with him to Walmart and had him push a cart with items in it, out of the store without paying.

Garcia-Aragon was arrested and charged with shoplifting, drunk in public, obstruction of justice, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and child endangerment.

Garcia-Aragon was also charged with shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for a similar incident on October 4, 2013.

He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The case remains under investigation.

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

West Virginia Woman Arrested for Prostitution

The Winchester Police Department arrested Jessica Dawn Hartwell, 24, of Martinsburg just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14th.  She was arrested in the 1300 block of Berryville Avenue following an investigation.  Hartwell was charged with prostitution and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.  Michelle Nicole Evans, 31, of Martinsburg was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.  Hartwell and Evans were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.  The case remains under investigation.

Jessica Hartwell

Jessica Hartwell

Michelle Evans

Michelle Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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