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Posted on: July 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Police Incidents Report 07.23.21

NEWS RELEASE                                                                  Contact:  Lieutenant Barry A. Dufek

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          , 540-338-7422


PURCELLVILLE, VA. July 23, 2021





07/16/21          12:04 p.m.       Block of West Holly Lane                              Mental Health Crisis

A female ingested prescription medication and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. Upon being cleared medically, the patient, who indicated signs of depression, was voluntarily evaluated by mental health. 


07/16/21          8:21 a.m.         500 Block of Rugby Court                             Domestic Dispute                                                                    

A mother and her son had an argument, so the son left the house and went to the local 7Eleven for food and water. Officers located the boy in the 7Eleven and returned him to his house, where the situation was deescalated by police. County services were offered and follow up was conducted to ensure proper resources are available to the family.


07/18/21          7:12 p.m.         100 Block of North 16th Street                                   Runaway                                                                                    

A father called to report that his daughter ran away from home and was currently located in Florida.  Officers contacted the respective jurisdiction in Florida and the juvenile and her father were reunited. 


07/18/21          9:31 a.m.         WT Druhan Jr. Blvd at Yaxley Drive                       DUI                                                                     

An officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for weaving in the travel lane. Upon approach to the vehicle, he noted an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver. The drive failed a battery of standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested.


Arrested was: Marc Renkes, 48, of Purcellville, VA


07/19/21          8:18 a.m.         East Main Street and McDaniel Drive                       Found Property

While on patrol, an officer found an unattended backpack with miscellaneous items believed to belong to an Elementary age child. If your child is missing a backpack, please contact the Purcellville Police Department 540-338-7422. 

07/19/21          7:30 a.m.         100 Block of North 21st Street                                   Larceny                                                                                               

A complainant called the police after her directional signs that help guide patrons to her establishment were stolen. 


This case is under investigation.


 07/20/21         3:49 a.m.         200 Block of West Main Street                      Mental Health Call

A man called the police to report a staff member made threats to use a gun, as well as hold a knife to his throat and poison his food. It was quickly determined that the accused staff member was not at work the day this presumably happened. 


This case is under investigation.


07/21/21          3:22 p.m.         600 Block of Dominion Terrace                     Larceny                                                                      

A female called police to report that mail and an Amazon package were missing from her locked mailbox. There is only one other known person that has a key to this mailbox.  


Case is under investigation.


07/21/21          4:33 p.m.         Drawbridge Way                                            Civil Call                                                                     

A concerned parent called the police when their daughter was not dropped off at their house as required by a court order. Concerned for the child’s wellbeing, the parent decided to take other legal means instead of mandating the child’s returned. 


07/22/21          1:14 a.m.         7Eleven Catoctin Corner                               Curfew Violation                                                                    

While on patrol officers observed three juveniles inside the 7Eleven purchasing sodas and chips. After making contact with these individuals, it was determined that no child’s parent was aware they were out at such a late hour. All juveniles were reunited with their parents. 


07/22/21          6:22 p.m.         100 Block of North Hatcher Avenue             Grand Larceny                                                                       

A complainant called to report that after hiring a company to conduct Fiber Optics work, they were frauded out of a large sum of money when they were provided with the wrong bank routing information to make payment to. 


This case is still under investigation.



Officers also responded to the following calls for service:


911 Calls


Abandoned Vehicle 




Animal Complaint


Assist Fire/Rescue/Other LE


Bike Patrol


Check on the Welfare


Civil Complaint




Disabled Vehicle








Follow-up investigation


Funeral Escort




Information Only 


Noise Complaints


Other Police Complaint


Parking Violation


Protective Order


Reckless Driver Lookout


Suspicious Incident/Person/Vehicle


Traffic Complaint/Hazzard


Unsecured Building


Vehicle Lockout


Warrant Service




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 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 13th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is 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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