Second man charged in IHOP robbery

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a second defendant in a robbery early Monday that left the assistant manager of the IHOP restaurant in Front Royal with a fracture to the face, concussion, and cuts, bruises and scrapes.

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron issued a news release Friday identifying Zachary Shawn Marquess, a work release inmate from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, as the second defendant.

Marquess and the first man to be charged, Brandon Williams, both worked at IHOP. Authorities had identified Williams as Brandon Jackson of Front Royal at the time he was arrested and charged on Wednesday.

Marquess has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery before the fact, McEathron said. The defendant is being held without bond in the RSW regional jail.

Authorities say a masked man attacked the assistant manager with a baseball bat around 4:30 a.m. and fled the restaurant at 135 Crooked Run Plaza with $5,000 or $6,000. The assistant manager was treated for his injuries at Warren Memorial Hospital and later released.

McEathron said Marquess and Williams were both persons of interest in the investigation and both confessed to their role in the robbery after they were taken in for questioning.

Williams was not working at the time of the robbery, but returned to work on Wednesday and was arrested at his workplace around 10 p.m., McEathron said. At the time, Williams was being sought for an unrelated failure to appear in court, McEathron said.

Anyone with further information on the IHOP robbery is asked to call Investigator Brandon Darr or Sgt. Philip Henry of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 635-7100. They may also visit the crime tip section of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office website at Website information can be provided anonymously.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or