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Attempted murder, robbery suspect remains held on bond

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Joshua Coffelt

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A city man accused of attempted murder and robbery during a Friday night incident remains held on $200,000 bond at the regional jail.

Joshua Clay Coffelt, 20, of 625 Butler Ave., appeared in Winchester General District Court via video from the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Coffelt is charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and three related gun offenses as well as possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Judge David S. Whitacre granted Coffelt's release on the secured bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing on the charges for Dec. 14. Coffelt told the judge he intends to hire an attorney.

Officers responded to 1644 S. Braddock St. at about 10:30 p.m. Friday to calls first of shots fired followed shortly thereafter by reports of a fight involving several people, according to a criminal complaint filed by Sgt. Frank Myrtle. Officer E.C. White drove north on South Braddock Street and saw two people run when they saw his vehicle, the complaint states. He parked at the Holiday Apartments and pursued the two people on foot.

"Officer White caught up to one individual, later identified as Coffelt and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint," the complaint states. "The other individual escaped on foot."
Officer Richard Lewis came to aid White and placed Coffelt in handcuffs. White returned to 1644 S. Braddock St. and spoke to two people at the scene.

"The first individual identified as Alfonso Rivera told White he was standing in front of 1644 S. Braddock St. with several other people when Coffelt confronted him and asked 'Where's my [expletive] money at?'" the complaint states. "The individual asked Coffelt 'What money?' Coffelt then asked 'Where's your wallet at?'"

Rivera told officers he put his hands in the air and told Coffelt the wallet was in his pants pocket, according to the complaint. Coffelt took the wallet, which contained $201, from Rivera's pocket, the complaint states. Coffelt displayed a black handgun, fired a shot in the air then another aimed in the direction of several people standing nearby, according to the complaint.

Officers searched for the gun and a resident recalled hearing "a noise similar to something hitting the roof prior to Coffelt's arrest," the complaint states. They found a Springfield Armory 9 mm on the roof of a neighboring house.

Rescue workers also took a man identified as Jesus Gomez to Winchester Medical Center for treatment. He appeared to be bleeding from his right eyebrow and was covered in blood, according to the complaint.

Lewis stated in a criminal complaint he patted down Coffelt and found a small plastic bag containing crack cocaine and cash from his shirt pocket.

Myrtle said Monday the matter remains under investigation.

Anyone with information may call the department's criminal investigations division at 545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 665-8477.

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