York Ave. Neighbors Shocked By Police Standoff

FREDERICK COUNTY (TV3 WINCHESTER) Update 9:40 a.m.: Winchester police say Timothy Berry was arrested around 9:30 Friday morning in Frederick County.
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As of Friday morning, Winchester police don't have any leads on where 45-year-old Timothy Berry could be.

It all started at an apartment complex at 530 York Avenue in Winchester.

Police say Berry is a wanted felon and late Thursday evening, he assaulted someone with a deadly weapon. After an early morning stand off, neighbors are shocked that he got away.

"We came out for a wanted suspect who was inside of an apartment who we beleived to have been armed at that time," said Winchester Police Department spokeswoman, Lauren Cummings.

When police showed up shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, Pam Payne, who lives nearby called her husband Robert who was at work.

"She went outside and the police officer asked her, ma'am, please go back in your house," said Payne.

Knowing his wife was terrified, Robert left work but couldn't get to his subdivision located off of York Avenue because police had the whole road blocked off. So he stayed on the phone with her all night from about a quarter mile away.

"I kept telling her, as long as your see police officers outside your window, you know you're safe," said Payne.

Right behind their home is the York Avenue apartment complex where it all started.

"I don't know much about him. They're quiet neighbors. No problems with them," said 530 York Avenue resident, Armando Gonzales.

The Gonzales family lives on the top floor of the complex. Armando says there are eight units and it happened on one of the bottom ones.

"My dad goes outside and he tells me the cops told me to put his hands up. He didn't know what was going on," said Gonzales.

That's when he and his family were evacuated to a shopping plaza on Valley Avenue. About 50 other people were here too. Either evacuated or just couldn't get home.

"It was blocked off the whole road was blocked off. They told me to come over here and park in the parking lot," said neighbor, Tre Payne.

After four hours, they were able to return home, yet the neighborhood, still frightened, won't be the same."

"It's something we normally don't see in this area. And it's frightening for everybody in this area," said Robert Payne.

Police are now looking Berry, who they say, should be considered armed and dangerous.

He's described as a white male about 6-feet-tall, weighing about 200 pounds. He has blond hair, blue eyes, and short, spiked hair.

If you see this man or know his whereabouts, call Crime Solvers immediately at 540-665-TIPS.


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