Winters police investigate downtown altercation, battery on student

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Winters Police Department fielded reports regarding a stabbing incident in downtown Winters and from Winters Joint Unified School District last week.

On Friday, May 5 at 10 p.m., Winters PD responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the downtown area from a local hospital.

Police Chief John P. Miller said officers arrived at the hospital to interview a victim who had received a non-life-threatening stab wound.

Officers were able to confirm the victim was involved in an altercation with a known associate and was transported to the hospital by another associate. However, Winters PD was unable to obtain any further information regarding the incident or about who the other party was.

“He refused to identify who did it and any further details. He refused to cooperate with authorities,” Miller said.

Upon arrival and treatment at the emergency room, the hospital staff reported filed a mandatory report with Winters PD.

Miller said the victim did say the suspect was someone he knew. Miller said the incident was considered an isolated incident as the victim knows his assailant and there was no threat to the public.

“This was not a random act. They got into an altercation,” Miller said.

Rominger incident
On Tuesday, May 9 received a report from Winters JUSD that a Shirley Rominger Intermediate School student had been the victim of battery at the hands of a substitute teacher. According to a post on Facebook, Principal Monica Moreno sent a message to students’ families who are in the class in which the substitute was
working that day to report that students had shared concerns with her at lunchtime.

Superintendent Rody Boonchouy confirmed that the substitute had immediately been released from the school district and that the school district had made the mandated report to Winters PD and CPS.

“The Winters JUSD prioritizes student safety and ensures that all school staff comply with legal mandates. This includes notifying the appropriate authorities when outside investigation of student issues is required. We have and will continue to fulfill this responsibility. At the same time, the district does not provide public comment on confidential personnel matters,” Boonchouy told the Express in an email.

Miller confirmed the school district had filed the mandatory reporting as required and that Winters PD had conducted an investigation and forwarded the criminal report to the Yolo DA’s office.

“A report was made to the police department, investigated and forwarded to the DA for their review,” Miller said.

According to Miller, the DA will review and decide whether to file charges.

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