Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com December 30

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for Dec. 30. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Early Morning Robbery in Harrisonburg

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Harrisonburg Police are on the scene of an early morning robbery at Chanello's pizza, on North Main Street.

Police say the suspect hit the victim on the back of the head, as the victim was trying to get into their car.

Police say the suspect then ran off with money. K-9 units were out trying to help officers find the suspect.

As of 3:30 a.m. police have no found the suspect.

Release from Police:

On December 30th approx 2:20 a.m. the Harrisonburg Police Department responded to a strong armed robbery that just occurred near the 400 block of N. Main St. The victim was struck on the back of the head, knocking the individual down as the individual was attempting to get into their vehicle. The suspect took an un-disclosed amount of cash from the victim and then fled on foot. The details of the suspect’s description are not available at this time. The case remains under investigation. The Harrisonburg Police Department is asking for anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at 540-434-4436. If anyone has additional information, who wishes to remain anonymous, they are asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

  

Police Searching for Escaped Juvenile

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Local law enforcement officials are searching for Rosel Guillen-Mendez, 16, who escaped custody Sunday.

He escaped from a juvenile facility in Staunton, VA at about 6 p.m. Dec. 29. This is not the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, which is located in Verona.

Guillen-Mendez is described as a Hispanic male with a medium complexion, approximately 6 feet tall, and weighs 200 pounds.

He also has a tattoo on his right forearm of the word “Mendez.”

He was in custody on charges stemming from an armed bank robbery that took place in Harrisonburg earlier this year in July.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Harrisonburg Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050.

Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Tipsters may also call the Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers, which serves the Staunton area, at 1-800-322-2017.

 

Luray Man Faces Multiple Grand Larceny Charges

PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Jeremy S. Cubbage was arrested and charged with three felony counts of grand larceny on Dec. 20.

Cubbage, 33, of Luray is the owner and operator of Deer Run Landscaping. His charges stemmed from the theft of farm and construction equipment.

Cubbage was also charged with three felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses for the sale of stolen equipment.

At the time of his arrest, a search warrant was executed at Cubbage's home.

While executing the warrant, equipment ranging from skid steer loaders, a mini-excavator, zero turn mowers, and more were recovered.

Also seized were pickup trucks, large trucks, trailers, and other equipment purchased from the proceeds of Cubbage’s criminal enterprise.

Additional items of farm equipment, industrial grade zero turn mowers, and other power equipment has been identified as being stolen and sold by Cubbage.

The total value of the stolen equipment is estimated at over $200,000.

The stolen tractors, zero turn mowers, and other equipment have been recovered locally, as well as outside of Page County and Virginia.

Cubbage was charged with four more counts of grand larceny in regards with the theft of more farm and construction equipment on Dec. 23.

On Dec. 27, Cubbage received additional felony charges of obtaining money by false pretenses, grand larceny, and possession of stolen property for the theft of hand tools, and other equipment.

Cubbage will be arraigned on Dec. 30.

Anyone who has had equipment stolen that has not reported the theft to the sheriff’s office should do so as soon as possible.

Additionally, anyone who has purchased equipment of any kind from Cubbage should contact the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

All inquiries in reference to this case should be directed to Sgt. Aaron Cubbage of the Sheriff’s Office’s Investigative Division, or any member of that division. His contact number is 540-743-6571 ext.2.

This investigation is ongoing, and more equipment is anticipated to be located and returned.

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