Winchester Police investigation leads to search warrant and arrest following a carjacking

On April 2, 2020 at approximately 7:15 a.m., the Winchester Police Department (WPD), assisted by other law enforcement agencies, executed a search warrant at 218 E. 6th St. in Front Royal, VA following an ongoing investigation into a carjacking in the City of Winchester.  As a result of the investigation and search warrant, Diontre Tyrese Bell, 20 yoa, of the address in Front Royal, was arrested and charged with carjacking, robbery, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 


On March 28, 2020 at approximately 12:30 a.m., WPD were alerted to a motor vehicle theft that had just occurred in the 100 block of E. Pall Mall St.  Upon investigation into the incident, detectives learned that the male victim was standing outside his 1990 Dodge Caravan, when he was approached by a group of males.  One of the males, later identified as Diontre Bell, grabbed the backpack the victim was wearing and took items including a firearm and keys to the van.  Threatening statements were made during the encounter. No injuries were sustained during the incident.  The van was later recovered on March 30th, parked and unoccupied, along the roadway in the 1300 block of S. Braddock St.   


During the execution of the search warrant, two cell phones were seized and DNA was collected.  Bell is being held at the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Detention Center without bond.  The Winchester Police Department would like to publicly thank the Front Royal Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force for their assistance in the investigation. 


Please contact Lt. Amanda Behan for questions.