Search for armed robbery suspects leads to drug arrest

Winchester Police officers responded to the 700 block of National Avenue at approximately 11:13 p.m. on June 13 for a report of an armed robbery.

The victim described the suspects as three black males wearing red sweatshirts, black pants, and black bandanas to cover their faces. One of the males was approximately 6’3”, and the other two were around 5’9”.

The victim reported that while he was walking on National Avenue, the three males approached him from Maple Drive. One of the males demanded that the victim give them money as he pulled a semiautomatic handgun from the front waist of his pants. The victim handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the incident.

A K-9 track led officers from the scene of the armed robbery to the 1000 block of Franklin Street. While continuing to investigate the robbery, officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from a residence. Further investigation led officers to discover a replica firearm, nearly $7,000 in cash, marijuana, cocaine, and paraphernalia consistent with distribution.

The resident of the home, 42 year-old Tyriek Lamone Loftin of Winchester, was arrested and charged with marijuana distribution. He was transported to the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center. Both incidents and any connection remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winchester Police Department at 540-662-4131 or the anonymous tip line at 540-665-TIPS.