Five indicted in motel robbery
FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury on Monday indicted five defendants in a robbery and beating case that left the victim with serious injuries.
The defendants, Tamara Douglas, 22; Billie Jo McBrearty, 44; Mitchell Douglas, 47; Lloyd Heimerling, 30; and Denise Nicole Miller, 31, all of Front Royal, are accused of robbing Peter Stauffer, 54, of New Market, in his room at the Blue Ridge Motel, 1370 N. Shenandoah Ave.
Police have said Stauffer suffered a broken nose and severe facial bruises in the late night incident on Aug. 20. Court documents state the defendants took $400 from Stauffer’s wallet and stole his car keys and a cell phone, which they took with them to Miller’s residence at 1095 N. Royal Ave.
Circuit Judge Ronald Napier left the bail status of each defendant unchanged. All but Miller are being held without bail at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Miller is out on bond.
Most of the defendants appeared in court Monday with their defense attorneys.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton told Napier that Heimerling and the other defendants had no more money now than they did months ago when they were deemed eligible for court-appointed attorneys.
“Your honor, the commonwealth would stipulate that the defendant has been continuously held,” Layton said of Heimerling. “I don’t believe his financial status has changed.”
Authorities accuse Heimerling and Mitchell Douglas of entering Stauffer’s motel room, beating him in the face and tying up the victim with a telephone cord before taking items belonging to him.
Court documents say Tamara Douglas and McBrearty had visited Stauffer in the motel room before the robbery and struck up a conversation with him.
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