Man arrested in armed robbery case

Micah MacBeth

A Warrenton man has been arrested as a result of an investigation into the robbery of a 7-Eleven at 1001 Aylor Road, Stephens City, early Friday.

The defendant, identified as Micah John Macbeth, 19, was found by authorities hours after the armed robbery, arrested and taken into custody by Frederick County sheriff’s deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office received the report of the armed robbery at about 1:30 a.m. Deputies arriving at the scene interviewed a store employee who told them that a man had entered the store, displayed a tomahawk and demanded money.

The suspect left the store after the clerk gave him an unspecified amount of cash. The clerk was uninjured.

While deputies were investigating the robbery, employees at the nearby Martin’s supermarket, at 240 Elizabeth Drive, contacted the Sheriff’s Office and reported a suspicious person in the building.

Sheriff’s Capt. Donald Lang said the man entered a bathroom at the Martin’s before the employees called law enforcement at about 4 a.m.

“It was suspicious to them what he was doing,” Lang said of the suspect, who turned out to be Macbeth.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement that deputies arrived at the Martin’s and spoke to Macbeth, whom they identified as the robbery suspect and also as a suspect in a vehicle stolen in the 200 block of Frederick Town Drive.

Authorities later found the vehicle in the 100 block of Halifax Court.

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