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This week, police are investigating a case of indecent exposure, and a man is accused of assaulting police and security officers at Busch Gardens.

Check out all the crime stories that did not make the headlines this week and others you may have missed below.

James City County

Man Wearing Headpiece Exposes Himself in JCC, Police Say

James City County Police are investigating after receiving a report of indecent exposure in the Landfall at Jamestown neighborhood.

A post on the county’s Facebook page said a woman reported to police Wednesday she saw a man with brown hair driving a Honda Civic through the neighborhood.

When she was going to her mailbox, the woman saw the car turn and the man exit the vehicle wearing a headpiece that partially covered his face.

The post said the man “may have exposed himself” as he began walking toward the woman, who retreated into her home and called police.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information on this suspicious incident to call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.

Police Investigating Car Damage, Larceny at Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant

Three cars in the parking lot of Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant on Richmond Road were reportedly damaged May 23.

Police responded to a call of property damage at around 6:22 p.m. May 23 and found the three vehicles had damaged windows and various handbags, credit cards and cash were removed from the cars.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers may remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest.

VPRJ Inmate Accused of Breaking Jail Window

A man currently in custody at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail is facing a felony destruction of property charge after police say he broke a window at the jail.

Stephanie Williams with the James City County Police Department said Caleb Sawyer Barnes, 20, became angry and hit a window May 17. The cost to repair the window is about $1,250.

Court records show Barnes is awaiting sentencing for three counts of credit card theft, one count of car theft and one count of grand larceny.

Police: Intoxicated Busch Gardens Guest Assaults Officer

A 32-year-old Newport News man is facing charges after police say he repeatedly assaulted and threatened officers.

Busch Gardens security guards responded to a complaint of an intoxicated man at around 9 p.m. May 22 and found Joseph Derrick Moore, according to a police report.

When the security guards approached Moore, he lunged at one of the officers and punched him in the face, police said.

James City County Police officers then arrived and took Moore into custody. As Moore was being searched, he allegedly drove his hip into the side of a police cruiser, pinning the officer’s hand between him and the car.

Moore is also accused of repeatedly threatening the officer and kicking the back window and roof of the police car while inside.

Moore now faces one felony count of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer and one misdemeanor count each of assault and battery, disorderly conduct and drunk in public.

Busch Gardens Security Responds to Assault of Pregnant Woman

A Virginia Beach man is facing charges after police say he assaulted a pregnant woman in the Ireland parking lot at Busch Gardens.

A police report said 36-year-old Pedro Cintron and the 29-year-old woman were arguing Monday in the parking lot when Cintron grabbed her wrist and forced her to the pavement, where he began hitting her in the head and wrapping his arm around her neck to choke her.

Passersby began yelling at Cintron to let her go, but he refused until security arrived, the report said.

Cintron was arrested by James City County Police and charged with misdemeanor domestic assault and battery and felony kidnapping.

JCC Police Looking for Suspected Cocaine Dealer

Bryan Elliott Tyler (Courtesy James City County Police)
Bryan Elliott Tyler (Courtesy James City County Police)

Authorities are asking the public for help in locating a man wanted for allegedly selling cocaine.

James City County Police posted 32-year-old Bryan Elliott Tyler’s mugshot to its Facebook page Wednesday and said Tyler’s last known address is on Chickahominy Road.

Anyone with information on Tyler’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers may remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest.

Defense Presents Evidence in Case of Deaf, Mute Capital Murder Suspect

A decade-old murder case encumbered with delays due to the suspect’s competency status may soon be coming to an end.

On Tuesday, Oswaldo Martinez’s attorney Tim Clancy presented evidence as to why his client, a deaf man who has little or no sign language skills, should be released because he will never be found competent to stand trial.

Martinez, an immigrant from El Salvador, is accused of raping and killing 16-year-old Brittany Binger in James City County in 2005. He faces two counts of capital murder and has been in jail since his arrest on May 19, 2005.

He has been in and out of court and state hospitals since his arrest, as the question of his competency has still not been determined, and the prosecution is down to the last option in the Virginia state code dealing with incompetency in capital charges.

In November, Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green argued for Martinez to continue treatment at Central State Hospital indefinitely in the hopes he will one day be able to stand trial.

According to Central State Hospital doctors who testified at the November hearing, Martinez has made little progress in learning communication skills.

On Tuesday, Clancy argued for Martinez’s release, using testimony from Dr. James Bell, the director of forensic sciences at Central State Hospital, to make his point, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green.

After hearing the evidence, the judge asked both parties to present briefs summarizing their arguments, and he will make a final decision at a later date.

Martinez is due back in court at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 for a review of his case.

York County

YPSO Looking for Credit Card Fraud Suspects

Gerald Freeman and
Gerald Freeman (left) and Sarah Williams-House (Courtesy YPSO)

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in identifying two people accused of stealing credit cards in unrelated cases.

The Sheriff’s Office posted the mug shots of the suspects, Sarah Williams-House and Gerald Freeman, on its Facebook page Tuesday.

Williams-House is accused of credit card theft, credit card fraud and larceny. Authorities said she is known to frequent the counties of York and James City and the City of Williamsburg.

Freeman is accused of credit card theft and credit card fraud and is known to frequent Newport News and York County.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Facebook tip line at 890-4999 or Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.

YPSO Investigating Tabb Pistol Whipping Case

Police are searching for a suspect accused of hitting a 62-year-old man with a gun in the 300 block of Firby Road in Tabb.

The pistol-whipping happened a few minutes after midnight on May 20 after the two got into a fight, Capt. Jimmy Richardson with YPSO said.

The 62-year-old man, who suffered a 4- to 5-inch laceration to his head from the gun, told deputies with the Sheriff’s Office he was acquainted with the suspect but did not know him by name, Richardson said.

The 62-year-old man was transported to a local hospital for his injuries. The suspect has not been arrested at this time.

Employee Accused of Embezzling from Tabb Walmart

A Newport News man is facing charges after authorities say he was taking money from the Walmart cash register.

Carrington L. Grigley allegedly stole $1,149 from registers at the Tabb Walmart on Route 17 between April 4 and May 13, Richardson said.

The 22-year-old man was arrested May 14 and charged with felony embezzlement.

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