Robbery suspect has case certified

Denise Miller

The last of five defendants accused of robbing a motel guest has had her case certified for possible indictment by a Warren County Circuit Court grand jury.

Denise Nicole Miller, 31, of 1095 N. Royal Ave., Front Royal, is facing two counts of robbery stemming from an incident in August at the Blue Ridge Motel, 1370 N. Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal.

Miller’s four co-defendants – Tamara Douglas, 22, Billie Jo McBrearty, 44, Mitchell Douglas, 47, and Lloyd Heimerling, 30, all of Front Royal, had their cases certified Nov. 24 after a preliminary hearing in Warren County General District Court.

“That basically brings all of them up together,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton said of Miller’s decision Tuesday to waive her right to a preliminary hearing.

Miller is out on bail while the other defendants remain held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond.

The five defendants are accused of beating and robbing Peter Stauffer, 54, of New Market, in his motel room.

The criminal complaint against Miller states that she, Tamara Douglas and McBrearty arrived at Stauffer’s motel room and “began to engage” him in conversation late on the night of Aug. 20.

“Shortly afterward, Lloyd Heimerling and Mitchell Douglas entered the room and proceeded to beat Stauffer in the face and tie him up with the telephone cord,” the complaint states.

The complaint states that defendants took $400 from Stauffer’s wallet, keys to his car and his cellphone before they left the motel room and returned to Miller’s apartment.

Police have said Stauffer was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose and heavy bruises on his face.

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