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Posted on: March 20, 2020

News Release - Police Incidents Report 03.20.2020

NEWS RELEASE                                                                               Contact:  Major Dave Dailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         , 540-338-7422




PURCELLVILLE, Va. March 20, 2020

03/13/20          4:48 p.m.         700 E. Main Street                                         Disorderly Conduct 


Two subjects were arguing in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven over the length of time one was in the store. The lingering subject, who was not ready to leave yet, threw his milk shake in the other party’s truck, which also has been serving as the residence for both parties. The vehicle owner advised the shake thrower that he was no longer allowed to stay in truck.  The parties separated and no further police action was required.  

03/13/20          5:53 p.m.         1230 Wolf Rock Drive                                               Larceny


Officers responded and met with the complainant who reported that two known juveniles had stolen his Apple airpods and fled on foot.  An officer located one of the suspects in the parking lot of Patrick Henry College. Another ran towards Ken Culbert Elementary School where he was apprehended.   They were transported to the Police Station and their parents contacted.   Although both denied involvement, one eventually admitted to the theft. Both juveniles were released to their parents with arrest petitions to follow.  

03/14/20          1:42 a.m.         WT Druhan @ Yaxley Drive                         Narcotics Violation- Warrant Service


Upon approach to a vehicle stopped for speeding, the officer noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment.  After a denial by the passenger that there were drugs in the car, the driver admitted to being in possession of marijuana and a smoking device.   Nothing else was found in the car.  The driver was cited for speeding and possession of marijuana. The passenger was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for probation violation from the City of Alexandria, VA.   He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center where the warrant was served.

Cited was:  Elhassen M. Aly, 22, of Leesburg, VA

Arrested was: Muka Nyamuhindu, 22 of Middleburg, VA  


03/14/20          6:25 p.m.         Main Street @ Hatcher Avenue                     Hit and Run


A vehicle struck a car stopped at the traffic light. The driver of the victim vehicle approached the driver of the suspect vehicle who appeared to be intoxicated.  Once police were called, the suspect fled the scene in his vehicle.  The victim took a picture of the car and another officer responded to the suspect’s residence in Round Hill. While in route, the officer observed that the suspect’s car crashed into a fence. The driver, was still present.  Loudoun County Deputies arrested the subject for DUI.  The original investigating officer obtained a warrant for hit and run and served it on the suspect at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Arrested was: Benjamin Coyle, 25, of Round Hill, VA

03/15/20          9:16 p.m.         609 E. Main Street                                         Suspicious Incident


The clerk at the Vape shop reported that a customer told her that he wanted to hug and kiss her.  She felt uncomfortable so she pressed the burglar alarm and left the store.  The customer left and was located in a car occupied by two juveniles (15 and 16) an 18 year old and the 24 year old customer.    The parents of the juveniles were contacted and agreed to allowing the 18 year old to drive them home.  The 24 year old customer waited at the shopping center for a friend to pick him up.   While this was a case of crass behavior, no crime took place, so no additional police action was required.

03/16/20          12:57 a.m.       700 E. Main Street                                         Fraud


The clerk at the 7-Eleven answered a phone call from someone who purported to be calling at the direction of the owner, requesting that he provide him with card and pin numbers for $700 worth of gift cards. The clerk complied.  Eventually the gift card security company called and reported a possible fraud, but the cards had already been depleted. 

03/17/20          1:10 p.m.         351 E. Main Street                                         Animal Bite


A Rottweiler that resides at a home on Main Street attacked a small dog that was on a leash. The owner of the Rottweiler intervened and was bit by her dog.  The small dog was injured, broke loose and was struck by a car. The injured dog accompanied by its owner went to Blue Ridge vet for emergency treatment.  The prognosis for survival was bleak.  Animal Control officers responded and will be investigating.

03/18/20          9:41 a.m.         100 Block of N. 21st Street                             Protective Order        


Officers responded to a location to serve a protective order on a subject in reference to a case from Loudoun County.  The subject was located and the order was served without issue.

3/18/20            4:35 p.m.         300 Block of 12th Street                                  Suspicious Person                                          

A resident reported that a subject was walking down the street proclaiming to have a gun. A Purcellville officer and a Loudoun County Deputy located the subject at Blue Ridge Middle School, on the basketball court.  The man was not in possession of a firearm and indicated that he had been freestyle rapping while walking down the street.  The subject admitted to being a recovering addict. He provided a phone number for his grandmother, who responded to the scene. She said that he did not have access to firearms. The subject agreed to voluntarily speak to a counselor, accompanied by his grandmother.   The subject and his grandmother left the scene and no further police action was required. 

3/18/20            8:31 p.m.         105 Purcellville Gateway                               Disorderly Conduct                                       

A customer observed multiple teenagers videotaping themselves coughing on fresh produce.  She notified store management, who disposed of the potentially contaminated food.   The teens left the store without further incident.   Police spoke to management at both grocery stores in town, for the sake of awareness.

3/19/20            12:10 p.m.       36811 Alder School Road                              Hit and Run                                        

A school bus driver noted damage on his personal vehicle. He reported that he last saw his vehicle intact on February 28, 2020 and noticed the damage on March 6, 2020. He was unsure when and where the damage occurred and wanted the report for insurance purposes.

3/19/20            8:08 p.m.         609 E. Main Street                                         Grand Larceny                                              

The AT&T store manager reported that on 03-18-20 a subject entered the store to pay his phone bill. After the subject left the store, the manager noted that a phone was missing from the counter.  A review of the in-store video confirmed the theft.  The store manager reported the incident on-line. The assigned investigating officer recognized the suspect in the theft, who responded to the police station at the request of the officer.  The suspect admitted to the theft and returned the phone.  The store was happy with the phone recovery and did not desire prosecution.

Officers also responded to the following complaints:

911 Hang up




Animal Complaint


Assist Fire/EMS


Automobile Crash


Check the Welfare


Civil Complaint


Disabled Vehicle




Domestic Disputes


Drunk in Public


Hit and Run


Information Only


Juvenile Complaint


Parking Complaint-Enforcement


Reckless Driver


Suspicious Person/Vehicle/Event


Traffic Hazard


In addition, officers also conducted the following:

Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops


The Town of Purcellville, Virginia

“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of over 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for its green initiatives with most recently being the Tree City USA recipient for the 12th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is recognized as one of the safest towns in Virginia. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at


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