Judge orders home invasion defendant to remain in jail

By Joe Beck

FRONT ROYAL– A man accused of injuring another man with a tire iron during a home invasion in the early morning hours of Oct. 18 remained in jail without bond after a hearing Tuesday in Warren County General District Court.

Gustavo Emmanuel Correa, 22, of Winchester, appeared in court without an attorney after his arrest Thursday. He faces charges of malicious wounding, breaking and entering with a deadly weapon at nighttime and armed robbery.

Correa told General District Judge W. Dale Houff that he wanted to speak to his family for help in finding a defense attorney.

Authorities say Correa broke into a residence at 58 Ace Court occupied by Zachary Dimmette, 20, in an incident described in court documents as a dispute over a drug purchase.

Correa was accompanied by a juvenile, authorities said. Charges against him are pending.

The juvenile told investigators that he and Correa went to Dimmette’s to buy marijuana. The juvenile described Correa as upset when Dimmette did not answer his telephone to arrange the drug transaction.

The two suspects entered the residence by smashing a window on the basement door with a tire iron, according to court records. They found Dimmette on the second floor wearing headsets and playing a video game, court records state.

A small marijuana transaction ensued, according to a criminal complaint filed by Sheriff’s Office Investigator William Smoot. Around the same time, a fight broke out between Correa and Dimmette, Smoot wrote.

The juvenile said Dimmette was “bleeding profusely” after taking blows from Correa’s tire iron, according to the complaint. The juvenile told Correa to stop but Correa responded by punching the youth in the nose, the complaint states.

Dimmette was later taken to Warren Memorial Hospital where it took several staples to close up his head wounds, according to the complaint.

Correa asked Houff to release him on bail so he could tend to his cancer-stricken grandfather, but Houff rejected the request.

Houff said a charge of malicious wounding carries a presumption against bail under state law.

“Based on the nature of the offense and the presumption of the law, I don’t think I can change the bail,” Houff told Correa.

Houff set Correa’s next court date for 2:15 p.m. Nov. 20.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com