Suspect arrested in Front Royal IHOP robbery

Brandon Williams

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a man at the scene of a robbery they believe he committed several days before.

The defendant, identified as Brandon Scott Jackson, 28, of 1409 Belmont Ave., Front Royal, was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and malicious wounding.

Lt. Gordon Foster of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said Jackson was arrested around 10 p.m. Wednesday at the IHOP restaurant at 135 Crooked Run Plaza in Front Royal, the same business authorities accuse Jackson of robbing in the early morning hours of May 11.

The Sheriff’s Office has accused Jackson of attacking an assistant manager with a baseball bat and taking $5,000 to $6,000 before fleeing the scene at about 4:35 a.m.

Foster said the assistant manager suffered head injuries during the attack and was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released a few hours later.

Foster said Thursday the case is still under investigation and could not comment on why Jackson was in the IHOP at the time of his arrest.

Jackson was already being sought by authorities on a warrant for failure to appear in court some time ago.

“He was a person of interest in the case,” Foster said of Jackson, adding that several unspecified factors brought Jackson to the attention of those investigating the IHOP robbery.

Jackson confessed to the robbery after he was taken in for questioning, Foster said.

Jackson is being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Warren-Shenandoah Regional Jail.

Anyone with additional information about the IHOP robbery is asked to contact Investigator Brandon Darr or Sgt. Phillip Henry at 635-7100.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com