LCSO Investigates a Fatal Crash in Purcellville

A Virginia man lost his life Saturday evening when his motorcycle left the roadway and struck a tree on Silcott Springs Road near Woodmar Farm Drive.

Around 6:15 p.m., a motorcyclist was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson southbound on Silcott Springs Road when he lost control and struck a tree. After the collision, the driver and passenger were thrown from the motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle was identified as Craig D. Morrision, 44, of Purcellville. Morrison lost his life as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The passenger on the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit. Anyone who witnessed the crash and who has not already spoken to law enforcement is asked to contact Investigator J. McClintic at 703-777-1021.

Fatal Crash on 15 under Investigation

A Virginia man lost his life after a head-on collision on Route 15 Wednesday morning near Lucketts.

Around 5:50 a.m., the driver of a 2008 Ford F-150 was traveling southbound when he crossed over the center line of Route 15 south of Montresor Road. The truck collided with the driver of a northbound 2013 Subaru Impreza.

The driver of the Subaru lost his life at the scene. The driver of the pick-up truck declined treatment from rescue at the scene.

The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

More details will be released as they become available.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 17, 2017

03/17/2017 – 08:58 a.m 400 Blk. McDaniel Dr. Harassment
The complainant reported being harassed by an individual. The incident is under investigation.

03/17/2017 – 11:01 p.m. Berlin Turnpike @ Hirst Rd. DWI
Justin Millnick, a 32 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for DWI. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held until sober.

03/20/2017 – 08:15 p.m. 500 Blk. Rosemary Ln. Identity Theft
The complainant reported that unauthorized credit accounts were opened in her name and she suspects that her personal financial information had been compromised. The incident is under investigation.

03/21/2017 – 07:38 p.m. 800 Blk. Holly Ln Fraud
A family contacted police to advise that their elderly relative may have unknowingly given out personal information over the phone and her financial information may be compromised. The incident is under investigation and the victim’s bank has been contacted.

Leesburg Police Investigating an Abduction and a Robbery

Shortly before 6:00 p.m. on March 14, officers responded to the 1400 block of Campbell Court in reference to a possible abduction. The victim alleges that he was forced into a vehicle but was later able to jump out of the moving vehicle and call for help. The investigation resulted in the identification of two suspects along with the vehicle used in the abduction. The suspect vehicle was later located and one suspect was taken into custody along with a female companion. The second suspect was able to avoid apprehension. During the search for the second suspect, a 9-1-1 caller reported a robbery at the Exxon gas station located in the 900 block of Edwards Ferry Road. Officers responded and upon interviewing the clerk, it was determined that the suspect had attempted to rob the store but fled prior to officers arrival. A bloodhound from Fairfax County was requested and responded to assist but the K9 track yielded negative results.

The suspect has been identified as Victorious Minter of Leesburg.

The Leesburg Criminal Investigation Section is currently investigating this incident and asking anyone with any information to contact them at 703-771-4500.

If you have any information and wish to remain anonymous, please call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-442-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent using TIPSUBMIT via text. Text 274637 (CRIMES) and begin with LPDTIP.
Wanted - Victorious V. Minter

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 2, 2017

03/02/2017 – Kirkbridge Ct. Suspicious Event

Complainant came home and found a hole in their ceiling. The home was checked and there were no signs of forced entry, and nothing was taken.

03/02/2017- Queenscliff Ct. Identity Theft

An unknown person used the victim’s identity to open a Comcast account. A letter from a collection agency made the victim aware. The victim believes this has occurred from his identity being stolen years prior.

3/03/2017- 300 Block S. 12th Street Suspicious Event

During the hours of Midnight and 0400 hours, a person was heard yelling outside a residence. It was discovered that someone attempted to gain entry into a locked vehicle.

03/05/2017- 1000 E. Main St Shoplifting

Sherry Anne Simpson, 59 years old of Charles Town, West Virginia was arrested and taken into custody for shoplifting at the Giant Food Store. She was transported to the Adult Detention Center and is being held.

03/06/2017- Swan Point Ct. Domestic Dispute/ Crisis Intervention Call

Officers were dispatched to the residence for a Domestic dispute. The family member damaged property inside the home and left. He was located by officers and had injuries that required rescue to respond. He was transported to the hospital and voluntarily checked himself in for evaluation.

03/07/2017- Route 7 and Berlin Turnpike DUI

Officer had pulled over a vehicle for speeding on Route 7. It was determined Galina Petrovna Barefoot, of Purcellville, was driving while intoxicated. She was arrested for DUI and transported to the Adult Detention Center.

03/07/2017- Woodgrove High School Destruction of Property

Officers were dispatched to Woodgrove High School for a report of destruction of property. It was determined that a faculty member’s vehicle had a window smashed out. Investigation is continuing.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 24, 2017

02/24/2017 – 12:01 p.m. 500 Blk of East A Street Possession of narcotics
Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. During the stop the officer noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, a small amount of marijuana was located. A 20 year old female, Veronica Root of Purcellville, Virginia was released on a summons.

02/24/2017 – 3:35 p.m. A Street/Maple Avenue Suspicious Person
Police were dispatched to the area for a report of a suspicious male pulled over to the side of the road in a blue convertible and calling out middle school aged students. Upon police arrival there was no evidence of the vehicle or any other reports of this activity.

02/24/2017 – 11:23 a.m. 300 Blk of N. Maple Avenue Overdose
Police were dispatched to the 300 Blk of N. Maple Ave for a report of an unresponsive juvenile. Upon arrival the juvenile was awake. The juvenile was treated by rescue squad and transported to the hospital.

02/25/2017 – 8:27 p.m. 400 Blk of Ashleigh Road DUI Arrest
Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver it was determined that the driver was intoxicated and was placed under arrest for DUI. A 21 year old male, Shayne Leahy of Round Hill, Virginia was taken before the magistrate.

02/27/2017 – 08:10 a.m. 300 Blk of N. Maple Avenue Disorderly Conduct
Police were dispatched to a business in the 300 Blk of N. Maple Avenue for an ex-employee showing up at the business and became disorderly with another employee over money he felt he was owed. The ex-employee was asked to leave the property and advised that he is not welcome back on the property. No further police assistance was needed.

02/27/2017 – 700 Blk of Wooden Bridge Drive Credit Card Fraud
Police were dispatched to a residence in reference to a credit card fraud. The victim reports that her bank contacted her and advised her of suspicious purchases on her account from Orlando, Florida. Police assisted with taking a report for fraud.

Forde Sentenced for First Degree Murder

Kelvin Nathaniel Forde, 53, appeared before the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, in custody, for sentencing on one count of first degree murder and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooting death of his wife, Ruby Forde on March 11, 2014. Judge Jeanette A. Irby imposed a total sentence of thirty-eight years to serve in the Virginia Department of Corrections with three years of post-release supervision.

On the morning of March 11, 2014, Kelvin Forde and his wife left their home in Baltimore, Maryland, to go to Ruby’s sister’s home in Ashburn. Ms. Forde had arranged to meet her sister in Ashburn and then together, Ruby and her sister were to fly from a nearby airport to Jamaica to celebrate Ruby’s birthday and visit family. Instead of driving his wife to her sister’s home, Kelvin Forde drove her to a remote and secluded cul-de-sac in northern Loudoun County where he shot her at least twice with a handgun.

Over the course of the four day bench trial, which concluded in May 2016, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Sean Morgan and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Meredith Burke, presented evidence that included the handgun used to kill Ms. Forde, photographs, a map of the area, a firearms expert, expert testimony regarding cell phone towers and signals, witness testimony from Ruby Forde’s co-workers and family, and Kelvin Forde’s recorded interview with law enforcement.

Judge Irby previously found Forde guilty of all charges on May 27, 2016.

The victim’s family testified at the March 2 sentencing hearing on how this event has impacted their lives. The victim’s sister, Marion Marshall, told the Court how her younger sister Ruby was the “center of the family.” “This is all very hard and seems like a bad dream,” continued Marshall. The victim’s niece, Jasmine Cumberbatch asked the Court not to show the defendant leniency. “I want justice done so my Aunt [Ruby] can rest peacefully,” said Cumberbatch.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Meredith Burke, told the Court “the victim committed no crime, but suffered the ultimate punishment.” “Ruby’s death will have ripple effects felt for generations,” continued Burke.

Before imposing sentence Judge Irby noted how this is a case where the family has been devastated and suffers daily from unrelenting sadness. “The Court is not persuaded by the defendant’s explanations,” noted Judge Irby.

LCSO Seeks Public Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspect

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect involved in a strong-arm robbery in Ashburn.

Around 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon a juvenile male was walking to the breezeway of his apartment in the 21000 Block of Lowry Park Terrace in Ashburn when an unknown suspect came from behind and pushed the victim to the ground. The victim’s house key fell out of his pocket as he fell to the ground and the suspect fled with the key.

The suspect is described as Black male, 17 to 18-years-of-age, approximately 6′ tall, and clean shaven. He was wearing black sneakers, black sweatpants and a black zip up hoodie sweatshirt. The hoodie was pulled over the suspect’s head at the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information regarding the possible identity of the suspect is asked to call Detective S. Coderre of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475 or you may submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app. The Loudoun Sheriff app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Virginia State Police Issue Amber Alert for Child Abduction: UPDATE

Update: Amber Alert has been cancelled. Virginia State Police were just notified the child was located safely in Pennsylvania.

The Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction on behalf of the Bridgeport Police Department in Bridgeport, Connecticut ON 02/24/2017 at 02:45 a.m.

THE Bridgeport Police Department is looking for Aylin Sofia Hernandez, White/Hispanic, female, AGE: 7 years old, HEIGHT: 4 feet 00 inches, WEIGHT: 55 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair.

The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at 69 Greenwood St, Bridgeport, CT. The child is likely abducted by Oscar Hernandez, white, male, AGE: 39 years old, HEIGHT: 5 feet 08 inches, WEIGHT: 180 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair.

They may be traveling in a grey in color Hyundai Elantra, LICENSE: Unkown, NY, Possibly Traveling South.

Please contact the Bridgeport Police Department at (203)576-7671 or the Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD).

To view the complete alert:

Important: On February 24, 2017, Bridgeport Police Department, Connecticut investigated a stabbing / homicide at 69 Greenwood St, Bridgeport, CT.
Police learned that Oscar Hernandez had stabbed a victim and fled with Aylin Hernandez in a Gray Hyundai Elantra with NY Registration.

(2) Aylin Sofia Hernandez

(2) Oscar Hernandez

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 17, 2017

02/17/2017 – 06:14 p.m 100 Blk. Maple Ave. Larceny
The complainant reported that his electronic device had been stolen while dining at a restaurant. The device had tracking capability and that was provided to police and the device was recovered and returned to the owner. The incident is under investigation.

02/18/2017 – 09:55 p.m. 100 Blk. River Bottom Square Destruction of Property
A homeowners association reported that a fence in the common area of the property had been damaged. The damage was minimal and extra patrol after hours was requested.

02/19/2017 – 12:51 p.m. 400 Blk. McDaniel Dr. Harassment
The complainant reported that an ex-acquaintance has been harassing her by social media and other means. The incident is under investigation.

02/21/2017 – 07:55 a.m. 100 Blk. E. Main St. Larceny from Auto
The victim reported that his work truck that contained plumbing equipment had been broken into and several thousands of dollars of his tools had been stolen. The incident is under investigation.

02/21/2017 – 09:28 a.m. 100 Blk. Browning Ct. Found Narcotics
An employee at a business found suspected narcotics at a jobsite and turned the property over to police. The property field tested positive for narcotics and the incident is under investigation.

02/22/2017 – 08:33 a.m. 100 Blk. Misty Pond Terrace Identity Theft
A citizen advised that his identity had been stolen and unknown person(s) had obtained several cell phones using his information. The incident is under investigation.

02/23/2017 – 12:32 a.m. 500 Blk. W. Main St. DWI
Jessica Gressett, a 33 year old female of Round Hill, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held until sober.

Police Alert of Recent Scam

The Purcellville Police Department would like to inform the public of a recent scam that was experienced recently in the Purcellville area. The victim received a very convincing call that a family member had been kidnapped and the kidnappers were demanding ransom and to take all his money out of his bank account and wait for instructions to where to send the money. An alert retired law enforcement officer inside the bank observed the victim withdrawing money from his bank and that something was wrong and alerted police.

The victim was interviewed and it was determined to be an extortion attempt and the family member was contacted and was o.k. and was in no danger and fortunately no money was sent. The Purcellville Police Department reminds you to call your police department if you ever receive these types of calls and to be careful what personal information you post on social media that these scammers can use against you in making these calls.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 8, 2017

02/09/2017 – 01:25 p.m. 300 Blk. E St. Theft
The complainant reported that an acquaintance had stolen a laptop computer from him. The computer was returned but the complainant does not want to seek charges.

02/10/2017 – 03:07 a.m. 500 Blk. Gentlewood Square Theft
A homeowner’s representative reported that several signs in the community had been stolen. The incident is under investigation.

02/10/2017 – 05:52 p.m. 200 Blk. Grassy Ridge Terrace Embezzlement
A business owner reported that an ex-employee embezzled property from the business. The incident is under investigation and charges are pending.

02/10/2017 – 11:30 p.m. 100 Blk. E. Main St. Narcotics Violation
A Police Officer observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a parking lot and discovered that the occupants were in the possession of narcotics. The incident is under investigation and charges are pending.

02/11/2017 – 08:13 a.m. 1000 Blk. Country Club Dr. Unauthorized use of Fire Hydrant
A citizen observed a truck hooked up to a fire hydrant and called police. It was determined that that the truck was illegally hooked up to the hydrant. The company involved will be assessed civil penalties by the town for the violation.

02/12/2017 – 02:59 a.m. RT #287 @ RT #7 Bypass DWI
Rene Fuentes – Martinez, a 30 year old male of Leesburg, was arrested for DWI. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

02/12/2017 – 08:50 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Narcotics Violation
Police were called to the scene of a suspicious vehicle parked to the rear of a business. The occupant was in possession of narcotics that he appeared to be in the process of selling to individuals. The incident is under investigation and charges are pending.

02/14/2017 – 02:31 p.m. 800 Blk. E. Main St. Suspicious Event
Police were called to the scene of a parking lot to a business in which two females appeared to have been fighting. On police arrival, nothing was located. A witness stated that one of the females appeared to be under the influence of drugs and the other female was restraining her from harming her

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 2, 2017

02/02/2017 – 09:30 a.m 700 Blk. 20th St. Destruction of Property
A Church reported graffiti spray painted on the exterior of the building. The incident is under investigation.

02/02/2017 – 07:06 p.m 400 Blk. Wordsworth Circle Domestic Dispute
Police responded to an ongoing domestic dispute between a parent and her son. On police arrival the situation had calmed down and the police are working with some social service agencies to assist the family.

02/05/2017 – 11:59 p.m. 100 Blk. Amalfi Ct. Domestic Dispute
Police responded to a domestic dispute involving a parent and child. On police arrival, no assaults took place and a non-custodial parent came by and picked up the child to stay with them for a few days.

02/06/2017 – 06:06 p.m. 17000 Blk. Castle Ct. Runaway
A parent contacted police about their teenage daughter had not returned home from school and may be a runaway. Police conducted some follow-up investigation and was able to locate the child and return her home safe and sound.

02/08/2017 – 08:00 p.m. 200 Blk. Heaton Ct. Runaway
A parent reported his son as a runaway. The juvenile had contacted the parent but refused to disclose his location or return home. The incident is under investigation.