Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Armed Robbery / Arrest

On Monday September 29, 2008 at 4:55am, the Martinsburg Police Department responded to the area of Second and Queen Streets in reference to an armed robbery that had occurred. Ptlm. Bleigh made contact with the victim, who advised that she was walking to work when she was approached by two black males wearing dark clothing. It was advised that one male produced a handgun, pointed it at her and took currency from her purse. Both subjects then fled the area and the victim contacted 911.

A short time later following the incident Ptlm. Bleigh was able to develop a suspect in the incident, which was positively identified by the victim and witnesses. The suspect who produced the handgun was identified as Lamar Taylor.

Ptlm. Bleigh then applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Robbery for Lamar Taylor, which was issued by Magistrate Miller. It was then learned that Lamar Taylor was staying at a residence at 36 Mabel Lane, Martinsburg WV. The Martinsburg Police Department Special Response Team (SRT), detectives and members of the West Virginia State Police then proceeded to 36 Mabel Lane and took Lamar Taylor into custody without incident.

Lamar Taylor was later arraigned by Magistrate Miller and given a $50,000 cash only bond. Mr. Taylor was then transported to the Eastern Regional Jail.


Lamar Lorenzo Taylor
DOB: 04/28/88
127 Thornberry Drive, Martinsburg WV

On Tuesday, September 30, 2008, an arrest warrant for Robbery was issued by Magistrate Humphrey, for the arrest of Davaun Alonzo Ambush. Following the arrest of Lamar Taylor, the second suspect in this incident was identified as Davaun Ambush. Both suspects were also found at the same address during the arrest of Lamar Taylor.
On Wednesday, October 1, 2008, members of the Martinsburg Police Department and West Virginia State Police responded to 36 Mabel Lane, Martinsburg WV and took Davaun Ambush into custody without incident.
Davaun Ambush was arraigned by Magistrate Miller and given a $50,000 cash only blond. Mr. Ambush was then transported to the Eastern Regional Jail.


Davaun Alonzo Ambush
DOB: 12/26/89
36 Mabel Lane, Martinsburg WV

Monday, September 29, 2008

Purse Snatching / Arrest

On Thursday, September 25, 2008 the Martinsburg Police Department received a complaint of a purse snatching at the Martinsburg Mall located at 800 Foxcroft Avenue. Officers responded to the scene and relayed information for a be-on-the-lookout for a green Ford Mustang being operated by a black male. The 57 year-old female victim from Winchester reported she had just arrived at the mall and parked in front of Bon Ton. As she was walking to the entrance she heard someone running and the individual yelled “Hey, hey!” The victim turned around thinking it was someone she knew and the suspect forcefully grabbed the purse from her arm. The suspect fled the scene in the Mustang and the police were called. The Berkeley County Sheriff Department located a suspect and vehicle matching the description given. The investigation resulted in the purse belonging to the victim being located within the vehicle found by the sheriffs department on Kaufman Avenue. The driver and sole occupant of the Mustang, Matthew Lonelle Brown, 25 years of age, of 616 North Queen Street, Martinsburg stated he had found the purse on Mall Drive. Brown was subsequently arrested and charged with the felony charge of Aggravated Robbery. Brown was incarcerated in the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment by a Berkeley County Magistrate.

Drug / Fugitive Arrest

On Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 11:32pm, Ptlm. English of the Martinsburg Police Department was on patrol in the area of Tavern Road and Tennessee Avenue, when he observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. Ptlm. English then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the parking lot of the Martins Landing Apartment Complex.

Upon making contact with the driver, identified as David Deon Brown (DOB: 03/13/76) it was learned that he had a suspended driver’s license. Ptlm. Rouse of the Martinsburg Police Department then made contact with the passenger, who identified himself as Jaquin Moore. The passenger was subsequently removed from the vehicle and a bag containing ecstasy pills was located near his person on the ground. At that point, both persons were arrested and transported back to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Once back at the Martinsburg Police Department, Ptlm. Rouse conducted another search of the passenger and located two bags containing approximately 10 grams of cocaine. The passenger also advised officers that he had falsely provided the name of Jaquin Moore and that his name was Derrick Demond Brown. It was later determined that Derrick Demond Brown was wanted in Florida for a probation violation for 2nd Degree Murder, Robbery and two counts of use of a Deadly Weapon. He was then charged with 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a controlled substance (ecstasy, cocaine) as well as being a Fugitive from Justice.

David Deon Brown was charged with Driving Suspended and for False Information due to corroborating that the passenger’s name was Jaquin Moore instead of Derrick Demond Brown. Both person arrested were also determined to be brothers.

David Deon Brown
DOB: 03/13/76
2050 Harris Way, Apt. 627, Martinsburg WV
Charges: Driving Suspended, False Information

Derrick Demond Brown
DOB: 01/16/74
196 Polo Green Unit 61, Martinsburg WV
Charges: Fugitive from Justice
Poss. w/intent to Deliver X2

Burglary Arrests

On Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at approximately 0052 hours, the Martinsburg Police Department responded to 2500 Martins Landing Circle Apt.#525 for a report of a burglary in progress. The resident, Justin Parsons, called 911 stating that three male subjects were kicking in his door. Mr. Parsons attempted to brace the door by placing his feet against the door and his back against an interior wall. The suspects kicked the door with such force that Mr. Parson was pushed through the drywall that his back was braced against. Once the subjects gained entry, they realized that someone was within the residence and fled. Officer Q.D. Burner arrived on scene and observed two subjects in front of the apartment building at which time he detained them.

The subjects matched the description given by the victim and were later positively identified by the victim as the subjects that broke into his apartment.


Xavier Juan Roberts
25 Halsey Court Martinsburg, WV 25401
Age: 19

Jamill Jovan Guidotti
1602 Chelsey Paige Drive
Ashburn, VA 20146


Martinsburg police are seeking information in regards to two (2) robbery incidents which occurred on Monday September 22nd 2008. The first street robbery occurred to a fifty-three year old male Virginia resident who was struck from behind while in the 100 block of East Race Street at approximately 2:20 AM.

The victim advised he was struck in the head from behind after leaving the Variety Book Store. The victim advised after being jumped he woke up in the middle of the street and then went to the police department to report the robbery. He advised that his wallet and contents were taken. He was then transported by Martinsburg Fire Department emergency personnel to Martinsburg City Hospital for treatment.

The second incident occurred at approximately 6:27 AM in the 200 block of East Martin Street Martinsburg WV. In this incident a fifty-three year old male Martinsburg resident had suffered a head injury after being accosted on the sidewalk in the 200 block of East Martin Street. A witness advised that he heard a subject screaming for help and encountered a subject leaving the area. This subject is described as a black male approximately 6-0 to 6-3 in height and weighing 200 pounds and wearing dark clothing. This subject then fled the area on East Martin Street heading towards Queen Street. The witness then rendered aid to the victim.

The victim advised that he was walking east on Martin Street towards the train station when he was struck in the head from behind. He advised the suspect was a black male and that he demanded his wallet and then knocked him to the ground. He was then struck numerous times by the suspect.

In this robbery the victim’s wallet and contents were also stolen. The victim was also taken by emergency personnel to Martinsburg City Hospital for treatment for his injuries.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or who may have knowledge of the suspect and his identity is urged to call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304 264 2100 and or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304 267 4999.

Heroin Arrest

Martinsburg police officer Ptlm. D. English arrested an individual for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (Heroin) in the 200 Block of Winchester Ave. on Wednesday September 17th 2008. It is alleged that Ptlm. English spoke to this person after observing him yelling at a female.

It is alleged that during his investigation several small pieces of straw which were separated into two bundles, were discovered in a cigarette pack in the subject’s possession which contained Heroin. This individual was arrested and brought to the Martinsburg Police Department for processing. He was later transported to the Eastern Regional Jail for later arraignment by a State Magistrate.

Arrested: Phillip Navarro Hyson
DOB 9 15 63
Listing no fixed address.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Drug Arrests

Martinsburg Police officers and Detectives arrested three individuals for Delivery of a Controlled substance (Crack cocaine) in the area of the 100 block of East Burke Street and in a vehicle stop in the area of the 200 Block of South College Street at approximately at 5:15 PM.

It is alleged that an individual sold crack cocaine to a confidential police informant in the 100 block of East Burke Street and was apprehended by police without incident. It is also alleged that the subjects that brought the crack cocaine left the area in a silver Mercury sedan and were apprehended in the 200 block of South College Street without incident.

All three subjects were arrested for delivery of a controlled substance and brought to the Martinsburg Police Department for processing and taken to the Eastern Regional Jail to be arraigned by a State Magistrate later this evening.

Theadore Jones DOB 12 05 49 of 125 West Burke Street apartment 11 Martinsburg WV.

Alexis Q. Rodriguez-Torres aka “A” DOB 4 8 83 55 Old Creamy Place Kearneysville WV

Dustin Tyler Foster DOB 11 18 89 63 Karla Court Martinsburg WV.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Drug Arrest

Martinsburg Police Officer Ptlm. English arrested an individual for possession with intent to deliver Crack cocaine on Sept. 11 2008 at approximately 7:36 PM. It alleges in the complaint for warrant that Ptlm. English was investigating a complaint of drug activity at 396 West Race Street Martinsburg WV when he asked and received permission to search room #7 at that residence.

He located a zip lock bag which contained four (4) smaller zip bags which contained suspected crack cocaine. The total weight of the suspected Crack cocaine was 1.8 grams and later field tested positive for cocaine.

A subject was arrested and charged with Possession With Intent To Deliver a Controlled Substance (crack cocaine). He was processed at the Martinsburg Police Department and later taken to the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment by a State Magistrate.

Arrested: Terry Ricardo Dodson
DOB 9 19 61
Of 396 West Race Street Room #7 Martinsburg WV

Burglary Arrests

Martinsburg Police Detectives arrested two juveniles ages eleven (11) and sixteen (16) in regards to two burglaries which occurred on Thursday July 24th 2008. Both of these juveniles are Martinsburg residents. Their cases are now turned over to the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further juvenile prosecution.

One of the burglaries occurred at a residence located in the 900 block of West Race Street Martinsburg WV. Entry was made via an outside rear door and several items were taken from the residence. Numerous items including jewelry and electronic equipment were taken and the police department had notified area pawn shops of these thefts with their descriptions.

The other burglary occurred at a residence located in the 300 block of North Louisiana Ave. Martinsburg WV. Entry was made to this residence via a basement window some items were taken from this residence as well. Descriptions of theses items especially the stolen jewelry were also given to area pawn shops.

These juveniles were arrested by Det Lt GB Swartwood and both were charged with (2) counts of Burglary and (1) count of Transferring Stolen Property. Police were able to re-obtain several of the stolen items including lap top computers, I-pods, digital camera, a Sony Play Station and some jewelry which belonged to the victims. Other arrests may be forthcoming in regards to the transferring of these stolen items from these burglaries.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Wanton Endangerment

On September 4th, 2008 at 2:30 AM Martinsburg Police responded to a shots fired call in the area of East Moler Ave. and North High Street. Officers initially did not locate any persons or vehicles involved in the shooting.

Later in the morning Martinsburg Detectives located the vehicle which was involved in this shooting parked in the Roberts Gardens apartment complex located outside of the city limits. The vehicle had sustained obvious recent gunshot damage from several projectiles.
The vehicle had sustained multiple areas of gunshot damage and it appeared to have been caused from at least two, possibly three different caliber weapons.

One of the two occupants believed to be in this vehicle at the time of the shooting was located and interviewed. The other occupant was identified by police. Neither of the two occupants were struck by bullets or injured in regards to this incident.

Police were able to find that the occupants of the vehicle had traveled to the area of High and Moler and parked in the alley way beside of 820 North High Street and met with several people in that area. An argument ensued with several of these people and with the passenger of this vehicle and as they were leaving several shots were fired at the vehicle and occupants.

Martinsburg Police were able to identify these subjects and warrants for Wanton Endangerment were obtained by Det Lt. GB Swartwood and Det Cpl. S Doyle from State Magistrate Joan Bragg.

Martinsburg Police have arrested four individuals on said warrants in regards to this incident. The investigation is ongoing and it is possible that another arrest may be forthcoming.

Courtney Lamar Jenkins DOB 10 01 88 of 37 Wilson Street Martinsburg WV.

Lateef J. McGann DOB 7 1 90 of 42 Capitol Drive Martinsburg WV.

Montezz Taryle Lincoln DOB 11 25 84 of 820 North High Street Martinsburg WV.

Thomas James King DOB 6 18 89 listing no fixed address.