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Posted on: May 19, 2023

News Release - Police Incidents Report 5/19/23

NEWS RELEASE                                                                             Contact:  Major Dave Dailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         , 540-338-7422





PURCELLVILLE, VA   May 19, 2023 



05/13/23            3:17 p.m.         Town of Purcellville                                        Emergency Custody Order


Mental health officials obtained an emergency custody order for a patient, but was unable to locate him. A second order was obtained upon the expiration of the first and the subject was located by a Purcellville Police officer. The subject was transported to the hospital, medically cleared, and housed while awaiting bed space availability. On May 15, 2023, the order was rescinded and the subject was voluntarily committed.


05/14/23          4:49 p.m.         200 Block of N. 21st Street                               Fraud  


A young employee of a business received a phone call from a man claiming to be a law enforcement official who reported that the business had deposited counterfeit money in a bank. The call resulted in the employee purchasing $3000.00 in gift cards at various retail establishments and providing the card and pin numbers to the caller. Police discovered that the number used by the scammer had been likely spoofed and callers received a “declined” message.     


05/16/23          1:34 a.m.         600 Block of Wintergreen Drive                     Drunk in Public


An unknown male was observed looking into windows near the front doors of several residences. The responding officer located a man matching the description, staggering down the street. The man who had been drinking during the evening, was trying to find a friend’s residence, but lacked information such as a name or address. To allow residents the opportunity for uninterrupted sleep, the man was arrested for being drunk in public and transported to the adult detention center, where he was ordered to be held until sober.   


05/16/23            2:27 p.m.         140 Purcellville Gateway                                Road Rage


Two parties driving near the Starbucks’s had a minor collision, resulting in the exchange of heated words. Both parties left the scene, but later reported the incident to police. Officers were unable to locate video of the incident. As this occurred on private property, officers will facilitate the exchange of necessary information so that a civil resolution can take place. 


05/16/23           9:45 p.m.         105 Purcellville Gateway                                Welfare Check


A concerned party called police to report that one of his friends, a high school senior had made several dark posts on social media, that the reporting party felt was indicative of suicide. Officers searched several data bases and found phone numbers and addresses for the at-risk party and his parents. Calls were placed and returned, in which the investigating officer learned that the teen was with his mother and that he was safe and in no imminent danger and was already receiving treatment. The officer provided his contact information to the parent and the child if they ever needed additional support or help. The school SRO was notified. No further action was required.   


05/18/23            10:05 a.m.       100 Block of S. Nursery Avenue                      Trespassing


Staff at the Purcellville restaurant requested that a subject who lives nearby and is a frequent disorderly visitor be served with a trespassing notice. Officers quickly located the subject and served the papers on behalf of the restaurant.  


05/18/23            1:30 p.m.         840 E. Main Street                                          Assault


Two employees of a business got into a verbal argument that turned into a physical assault in which one man punched the other. The suspect employee was not on the premises when police initially arrived on the scene, as he was test driving a vehicle. The victim employee declined prosecution at this time as he was speaking with the district manager regarding internal action by the company. The officer remained on the scene to ensure peace and tranquility. 



Officers also responded to the following calls for service:


911 Calls




Animal Complaint


Assist Other Agency/Fire/Rescue


Attempt to Locate


Check the Welfare


Citizen Assist


Community Policing 




Disabled Vehicle


DUI Lookout


Follow-Up Investigations


Impounded Vehicle


Juvenile Complaint


Other Police Complaint


Parking Violation




Special Duty


Suspicious Incident


Traffic Complaint/Hazard


Unsecured Building










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 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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