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Gunman sought in 7-Eleven holdup

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A man with a handgun demanded money from a clerk at the 7-Eleven store at the intersection of W. 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue in Front Royal early Friday morning. Surveillance camera image

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The man who robbed a 7-Eleven store in Front Royal shortly after 4 a.m. Friday was wearing dark colored jeans, a black long-sleeved shirt and sunglasses. His face was partially covered by a bandana. Surveillance camera image

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Police searched Friday for a gunman who held up the 7-Eleven near the intersection of West 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue early Friday.

Police were called to the scene around 4:30 a.m. after the suspect fled the store. No injuries were reported.

Police said the suspect displayed a handgun to the clerk on duty and demanded all the money in the cash register. The clerk gave him the money and the suspect left on foot.

Police describe the suspect, who was taped on a store video camera, as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, 165 to 185 pounds, thinly built and having close-cropped hair. He was wearing dark jeans, a black, long-sleeved shirt and sunglasses, police said. His face was partially covered by a bandanna, they said.

A police officer with a dog picked up the track of the suspect, but it disappeared near the store. Police speculate the suspect left in a vehicle that was parked where the track ended.

It was the fourth robbery of a business in the Northern Shenandoah Valley in a week.

The Bank of Clarke County branch in Stephens City also was robbed Monday morning. Cecilia Heather Kerns, 24, of 210-240 Forest Lake Drive, was charged in the heist, authorities said.

Also on Monday, the Check into Cash store at 239 South St. in the South Valley Shopping Center was robbed.

Charvez R. Robinson, 22, of Front Royal, was arrested late Tuesday and charged with robbery, abduction, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and grand larceny.

On Aug. 12, the Woodforest National Bank inside the Warren County Wal-Mart was robbed. The suspect, Damon Stanley Robinson, 38, of 2813 Lindin Way, Woodstock, Md., is being held in Howard County, Md., on an unrelated charge, awaiting extradition, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the 7-Eleven robbery may call Detective Jason Lethcoe at 635-2208. A cash reward is available for information leading to an arrest.

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