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Brotherly “Hostage” Disturbance Unraveled
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By PIO Ryan Wilbur
March 26, 2024

A disturbing call resulted in a local elementary school being placed on a partial lockdown and two felony arrests yesterday morning.

On March 25th at approximately 11:24 a.m. our communication officers received a call regarding a disturbance with a weapon on Conway Road. The caller advised his brother had a gun to his friend’s head and he was currently being held hostage. As communication officers attempted to gather more information, the caller refused to answer questions. Due to the nature of the call, and the close proximity to the school, Conway Elementary School was placed on a partial lockdown.

With the limited information, deputies rushed to the scene preparing for the worst. When they arrived they observed two males outside the residence. Out of an abundance of caution, they were detained until deputies could unravel what was really going on. One of the detainees was identified as Deshaun Winfield, 32, of Stafford. The other detainee was identified as his brother, and the original caller, Cory Winfield, 39, of King George.

A safety sweep of the residence was conducted and yielded negative results for any signs of a hostage situation. Deputies attempted to converse with Cory considering he made the report; however, he refused to talk with deputies. Cory also had several signs of intoxication and was found with suspected controlled substances. His brother, Deshaun was just as confused as deputies, stating there was a misunderstanding between him and his brother over Easter and God. He had no knowledge of a hostage situation. Like his brother, he too had several signs of intoxication and was found with suspected controlled substances. He was also discovered to be in possession of a firearm.

Cory was charged with public intoxication, and possession of controlled substances. Deshaun was charged with public intoxication, possession of controlled substances, and possession of a firearm while in possession of controlled substances. Cory was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $1,500 secured bond while Deshaun was held until sober. This is still an active investigation and additional charges may be obtained.

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