UPDATE: Timothy Berry arrested in County; Wanted man eludes police after lengthy stakeout

Posted: June 28, 2013

UPDATE (10 a.m.): Timothy Berry was arrested around 9:30 a.m. in Frederick County. No further information is available at this time, but more will be made released later today. 

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WINCHESTER - A wanted man who police believe is armed and can be considered dangerous is on the loose after eluding officers.

Identified as 45-year-old Timothy Berry, Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said the community should be aware of their surroundings, be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to officers.

She said police are unsure of Berry's whereabouts after he was believed to escape the apartment before officers responded just after 9:50 p.m.

Berry is alleged to have assaulted someone with a deadly weapon Thursday night. Cummings said he also is wanted for three felony warrants: revoke probation for grand larceny auto theft, revoke probation for felony petty larceny and revoke probation for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Cummings said the SWAT team made entry into the apartment just before 2 a.m. and found that Berry was not inside.

It is not known how he got out of the apartment.

Residents who were unable to get to their homes for about four hours were able to leave the scene after police updated them on the situation.

Cummings said officers were still checking to see if evacuated residents could return to their apartments after the SWAT team deployed chemicals.

Berry is described as a white male who is 6-feet tall, 203 pounds and has short, blonde and spiked hair and blue eyes.

Cummings did not release information about the victim in the case, but said that the individual was OK.

She added that residents were allowed to go home becase police knew Berry was no longer in he apartment building. She said the people in the neighborhood were not believed to be in any danger.

"We have to take every precaution to ensure the public's safety and that is why these precautions were taken tonight," she said of the lengthy stakeout.

Charges against Berry stemming from this incident are pending, Cummings added.

If anyone has any information about Berry's whereabouts, call police at 540-662-4131 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-8477.