Winchester man charged in home invasion, investigation ongoing

Hugh Vannatter

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office charged a Winchester man Tuesday evening after identifying him as a suspect in a home invasion in which two men held a homeowner at gunpoint while money was stolen from the residence.

The office charged Hugh Vannatter, 32, of Winchester, on charges of robbery, entering a dwelling with the intent to commit robbery, use or display of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession or transport of a firearm by a commissioned felon, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Vannatter is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. Investigator Mackenzie Knowles would not discuss where Vannatter was arrested.

She declined to answer whether they were still looking for the second person involved or if they had more information, such as name or description, saying it was still an active investigation.

Knowles would not discuss whether Vannatter had a weapon when arrested or if a weapon was found.

The reported armed robbery occurred on July 18th in the 1600 block of McCoys Ford Road. Law enforcement officials say two men entered the home through an unlocked door. Once inside, one of the men held the homeowner, an adult man, at gunpoint with an unknown type black pistol while the other man stole money from the house. Both men then fled on foot. The homeowner was a former acquaintance of one of the men, the Sheriff’s Office says

Vannatter is already a felon.

Vannatter pleaded guilty in Frederick County Circuit Court in January 2007 to petty larceny, brandishing a firearm, malicious wounding, and unlawful entry, according to public court records.