Suspect arrested in home invasion

By Joe Beck

Authorities arrested a Winchester man Thursday evening and charged him with crimes linked to a home invasion at 58 Ace Court in Warren County on Oct. 17 that left the victim with head wounds requiring hospitalization.

Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said in a news release that Gustavo Emanuel Correa turned himself in at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 5:09 p.m. Thursday. Deputies charged him with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon at nighttime, malicious wounding and attempted robbery, McEathron said.

Correa was being held without bond in the Warren County Jail as of late Friday morning, McEathron said. Correa’s next scheduled court appearance is 10 a.m. Nov. 6.

Authorities say they have identified a second suspect in the home invasion but have yet to arrest him. The second suspect is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall with a stocky build and wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

A criminal complaint filed in General District Court describes the incident as the product of a dispute over drugs.

Authorities say the victim, identified in court documents as Zachary Dimmette, 20, reported two males broke into his home through a basement door and attacked him with a tire iron in the late hours of Oct. 17 and early morning hours of Oct. 18.

The other suspect with Correa was a juvenile, according to the criminal complaint filed by Investigator William Smoot.

Smoot stated in the complaint that the juvenile said he and Correa went to Dimmette’s residence to buy marijuana.

The juvenile said Correa was upset that Dimmette would not answer his telephone to set up the drug buy.

The juvenile stated that Correa used the tire iron to break out a basement door window at Dimmette’s residence. The suspects entered and found Dimmette in a second floor bedroom wearing a headset and playing a game, according to the complaint. The juvenile said Correa and Dimmette began fighting during or shortly after a small marijuana purchase, the complaint states.

The juvenile said Correa was “hitting the owner with the tire iron, and that he noticed that (Dimmette) was bleeding profusely from his head. The juvenile told (Correa) he needed to stop because he thought he was going to kill (Dimmette) if he did not stop,” the complaint states.

Correa punched the juvenile in the face when he tried to separate the two men, according to the complaint.

The juvenile said Correa told Dimmette “to give him all his marijuana” when the two began fighting, according to the complaint.

McEathron has said the case appears to have been an isolated incident.

Dimmette was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital where his head wounds were closed up with staples. He was later released.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Smoot at 635-7100.

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