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Posted on: October 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Police Incidents Report October 8, 2021

PURCELLVILLE, VA. October 8, 2021 –


10/02/21          11:03 p.m.       Hirst Road and Hatcher Ave                                     Hit & Run


The victim was traveling west bound on Hirst Road and was proceeding through the intersection at Hatcher Road, when he saw headlights for a vehicle traveling south bound on Purcellville Road towards the intersection.  The victim stated that the vehicle entered the intersection and grazed the back passenger side of his vehicle.  The suspect vehicle continued south bound on Hatcher Avenue, without stopping.   The victim turned around, but was unable to locate the suspect vehicle.  The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Officer Alex Burkett at 540-338-7422 x 125 


10/03/21          2:41 p.m.         300 Block of Main Street                               Swatting Call 


The Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call reporting a violent domestic dispute in which children were in hiding and a parent was tired to a bed and being threatened with a knife.  Officers arrived to what appeared to be a residence with no one home.  In speaking with neighbors, the officers learned that the residents had no children. Eventually contact was made with the residents and its was determined that this was a “Swatting call”, in which false calls reporting violent or dangerous actions are routed using phony numbers, to the ECC, to elicit a large police response.  


10/03/21          5:07 p.m.         600 Block of Dominion Terrace                     Suspicious Activity 


The complainant reported that she has been observing shadows in her bedroom window, since April and that she believes is someone looking in.   The complainant keeps her blinds closed and the widows are covered with thick blackout curtains. The officer checked the area adjacent to the complainant’s window and found no indication on the ground or disturbances to the landscaping that anyone had been in the area. Additionally he noted that the reflection from nearby streetlights would preclude seeing in the window at night.   


10/03/21          10:03 p.m.       Patrick Henry College                                               Mental Health Crisis 


Students at the College called police in reference to the report that a fellow student sent a text to his roommate indicating that he was going to take his own life. He indicated that he had ingested a large quantity of over the counter pain medicine. A ping of the phone signal yielded only a general area covering parts of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. Eventually, he contacted a friend and provided a location in West Virginia.  West Virginia State Police located the subject and transported him to a hospital in Jefferson County, WV for treatment.  A Purcellville officer responded to the hospital and spoke to staff and the subject. Due to lax mental health laws, the subject was slated to be released upon receiving medical clearance.  Police had been in touch with the young man’s parents, who were in route to be with their son. 


10/04/21          5:33 p.m.         121 N. Maple Avenue                                     Assault                                                            

The reporting party told police that he was at McDonald’s sitting at a table when his ex-girlfriend hit him in the back of his head.  Wanting to avoid further conflict, he called his mother, who responded to the restaurant.  She told police that this is a spillover from an incident that happened previously at school. The store security camera did not capture the incident.  The investigation is on-going. 



10/4/21            6:35 p.m.         100 Block of N. 16th Street                                         Civil Matter


Police responded to a residence that had been the scene of prior domestic issues.  On today’s date, police were called because the two parties, who were separating, were arguing over the distribution of furniture and property. Additionally, the estranged boyfriend alleged that his estranged girlfriend took property that was his, including a security camera, router, TV and computer. Sensing that the latter was untrue, police questioned the man about the validity of his accusations and low and behold, the items in question were located in the apartment. Ultimately, an acrimonious, but successful distribution of property took place. No additional police intervention was needed. 


10/5//21           2:29 a.m.         100 Block of Nursery Avenue                                    Police Information

 The complainant called police to report that someone broke into his apartment and stole, cash, a ring and checks.  The investigating officer noted that an outside window was covered in black plastic, with a note reading, “Covered Window, broken glass on floor in bedroom, be careful, sorry”.  The investigation revealed that a handyman, at the request of the landlord was fixing the window from the outside and dropped the glass on the inside, but was unable to enter, as the resident was not home, hence the note and the plastic on the window.  The complainant gave conflicting stories as the origin of the missing ring and checks.  The investigation is on-going. 


10/5//21           8:30 a.m.         100 Block of W. Main Street                          Runaway 


A mother reported that her 13 year old daughter had been missing since Friday, October 1st. She left home after arguing with her mother and it was believed that she was with friends in Leesburg.  PPD and Leesburg Police worked jointly to find the child and ultimately located her in Leesburg. She was returned home. Child Protective Services was notified and will be conducting a follow-up investigation.   


10/05/21          8:28 a.m.         100 Block of S. Maple Ave                             Drunk in Public 


Police responded with rescue units for a passed out subject. Upon arrival, the presence of multiple empty cans of alcoholic beverage surrounding a prone subject who had the odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from him was noted.  As medics were trying the rouse him, the subject attempted to open a can of beer.    His speech was slurred and his eyes glassy. As no medical issue was discovered, his presumed level of intoxication made it unsafe to leave him where he lay. He was transported to the Adult Detention Center where he will be held until sober.  


10/06/21          3:11 p.m.         On-Line                                                           Fraud-Attempted 


The complainant received a letter from the Virginia Employment Commission informing her that a claim filed in her name had been denied.   She contacted them as she had not filed a claim. The VEC directed her to file a police report.  The complainant had already notified her bank and the credit bureaus.  No other fraudulent activity had been discovered.   


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10/06//21         6:24 p.m.         125 Hirst Road                                               Mental Health Issue


A woman was in the police station parking lot, standing outside of her vehicle, as her child locked the door when she exited and refused to unlock it.  The responding officers were able to engage the youth and eventually convince him to unlock the door. The family already had resources in place to address the issue on a long term basis and no additional police resources were needed. 



Officers also responded to the following calls for service:


911 Calls




Assist Fire/Rescue/Other LE


Attempt to Locate


Check on the Welfare


Citizen Assist


Civil Complaint




Community Policing


Disabled Vehicle


Disorderly Conduct


DUI Lookout


Drunk in Public


Follow-Up Investigations


Funeral Escort


Hit and Run


Information Only


Keep the Peace


Noise Complaint


Other Police Complaint


Parking Violation


Suspicious Incident/Person/Package


Traffic Complaint





In addition, officers also conducted the following:


Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops



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