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Posted on: January 14, 2022

News Release - Police Incidents Report 1.14.22

NEWS RELEASE                                                                   Contact:  Deputy Chief Dave Dailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         , 540-338-7422








PURCELLVILLE, Va. January 14, 2022


01/07/22          10:22 a.m.       700 Block of W. Main Street              Adult in Need of Services


Officers responded with rescue units to a location to check on the well-being of an elderly couple. It was determined that a man removed his wife, who is suffering from a variety of ailments, including Alzheimer’s, from a nursing home in Florida, to relocate to Virginia, to be closer to family. A third party, who is related, called, concerned for the mental well-being of both parties. The man was not deemed to be in need of services. Florida officials were contacted, as a look-out was in place for the couple. The wife was transported to INOVA hospital for a physical evaluation. Adult Protective Services was notified. 


01/07/22          5:32 p.m.         609 E. Main Street                             Police Information


The complainant reported he worked out at Any Time Fitness between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m., and left his gym bag at the gym. He returned at 5:20 p.m. but did not find the bag. The gym is available 24 hours a day, but only staffed during limited hours. No staff was present during both occasions when the complainant was at the gym. On January 8, 2022, the complainant spoke to a gym employee, saw the unattended bag, and locked it in the office for safekeeping. Nothing was missing from the bag. 


01/08/22          5:50 p.m.         300 Block of Upper Heyford Place    Suspicious Incident                                                                                                                             

A concerned parent saw a text message that her middle school aged son received from a classmate, in which the sender indicated that he was going to “#%&* kids up at school” and asked the recipient if he wanted to join. Wisely, the recipient declined. The parent called the school principal, who in turn called police. Police went to the residence of the sender and while the child was home with a grandparent, the parents were out. A message was left, and later the parents and child responded to the Police Station. During the interview, the parents described their son as a good kid, who has become a little rebellious as he entered puberty. They reported that he had no access to weapons. The child reported that he had no intention to hurt anyone, and that this was a prank, inspired by a YouTube video. The findings were reported to the principal, the SRO and juvenile intake for review and action. 


01/10/22          4:33 a.m.         500 Block of Wordsworth Circle       Disorderly Subject                                                                  

Two men had been out drinking and smoking marijuana and were in route to West Virginia, when they stopped at the home of the driver, where he lived with his parents. Both men fell asleep in the car and when they awoke, realized that is was too late to drive to the casino in Charlestown. They went inside, but work up the owner of the house, who was not pleased by the intrusion. An argument ensued as to the presence of his son’s friend. Upon police arrival, the “guest” attempted to get an Uber, but none were available in Purcellville at that early hour. To avoid further issue, the officer transported the subject to his residence in Leesburg.  


01/10/22          1:23 p.m.         211 E. Main Street                             Police Information


At 9:00 a.m. the complainant found a dead rooster carcass on her door step. The carcass still had feathers and was partially intact. The rooster was similar in appearance to the free range birds that roam in the 700 Block of E Main Street.   


01/10/22          5:54 p.m.         On –Line                                             Extortion


Two young adults reported receiving messages from a woman, named “Emilia Gonzales” that they follow on Instagram, stating that she has explicit photos of them that she is going to share with all of their friends and co-workers unless they send her money. They reported that they do not personally know the woman, but just followed her on Instagram. They did not send any money as they know that there are no explicit photos of them. The officer advised them to report the account to Instagram and only follow verified accounts or people that they know.  


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01/11/22          5:16 p.m.         700 E. Main Street                             Police Information


A teen, approximately 15 years old entered the store and proceeded to the beer cooler. He opened the door and appeared to secret something in his backpack. When confronted by the store employee, he ran. The video captured the teen waving to the camera as he entered the store. The officer was unable to ascertain from the video if he put anything in his bag before running from the store. 


01/13/22          3:46 p.m.         21st and Ashleigh Road                       Hit and Run


A citizen reported that the stop sign at 21st and Ashleigh had been knocked down. The responding officer noted tire marks in the grass leading to the damaged stop sign. A temporary stop sign was erected. If anyone witnessed a car striking the sign, they are asked to call Officer Burkett at 540-338-7422 x 125. 


01/13/22          7:33 p.m.         1000 E. Main Street                           Larceny


A loss prevention officer reported that a subject on multiple occasions has stolen beer from the store.  Some of the events were captured on video. The investigation is on-going.   



Officers also responded to the following calls for service:


911 Calls


Abandoned Vehicle 




Assist Fire/Rescue/Other LE


Attempt to Locate




Disabled Vehicle


Follow-Up Investigations


Other Police Complaint


Parking Violation


Reckless Driver Lookout


Road Rage/Traffic Altercation


Suspicious Activity


Traffic Hazard


Unsecured Building


Vehicle Lockout



In addition, officers also conducted the following:


Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops



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The Town of Purcellville, Virginia

“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of approximately 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the 2021 Virginia Municipal League Innovation Award for Environmental Sustainability and in years past, the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for innovation and green initiatives.  The Town most recently received the Tree City USA Award for the 14th consecutive year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and was ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. 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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