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Robert Winkel Charged With Criminal Damage To Property At LANL

on July 9, 2017 - 6:43am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee has been charged with criminal damage of more than $1,000 to property belonging to another Lab employee following an investigation conducted by Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez and Lab investigators.

Robert Winkel of Los Alamos is slated for an Aug. 14 first appearance before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados who found probable cause June 27 for a summons, which alleges Winkel caused more than $1,800 in damage to a vehicle belonging to group leader who reportedly has some authority over the Lab area where Winkel and his wife are employed.

On June 21, Rodriguez was shown a surveillance video that captured a man vandalizing a vehicle in the TA-59 Building parking lot. In his statement of probable cause, Rodriguez said that in the video, a man exits a white Nissan Altima and walks toward the victim’s vehicle while appearing to have an object in his right hand. He said when the man reaches the left rear of the vehicle he observed him to be dragging his right hand across the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle.

The statement of probable cause says the victim stated she had several supervisor-subordinate talks with Winkel’s wife and that “damage to her vehicle has occurred after she has had these discussions”. It statement indicates that the victim’s vehicle has been vandalized three times.

After identifying Winkel’s vehicle, Rodriguez interviewed him at the police department and showed him photos of the man in the videos but Winkel allegedly stated he did not know who the person was, that the person could not be identified and that the person’s hand could not be seen in the video.

Continued investigation by Rodriguez identified the Nissan Altima as belonging to Winkel. Based on the interview with Winkel, the video surveillance, the images of a sticker on Winkel’s vehicle, the partial plate search results and the estimate of $1,837 to repair the victim’s vehicle, Rodriguez charged Winkel with one count of fourth degree criminal damage to property.