Fourth diner robbery suspect arrested
The fourth man charged with the armed robbery of Ben’s Diner in Woodstock was arrested without incident Sunday night after escaping from police Saturday.
Lt. Chris Baker of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said Raymond Washington, 27, was arrested just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday evening in a residence at Valley Vista Apartments in Woodstock.
“We received information throughout the day yesterday [Sunday] on his whereabouts, and we heard he was in an apartment up there,” Baker said. “We were able to go in and arrest him without incident.”
Washington is facing charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving.
Baker said Washington was found in the residence of an acquaintance. He said several different people called in with tips on his whereabouts, eventually leading to his capture.
Police began searching for suspects after the robbery of Ben’s Diner on Friday night, in which three suspects entered the restaurant demanding money from the cashier. One of the suspects brandished a pistol. They eventually left without taking any cash. No one was injured during the incident.
After authorities received a tip regarding a white Jeep related to the robbery, a sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle matching the description. The Jeep, driven by Washington, took off, Baker said.
After the car stopped briefly, one man, Andrew Shoemaker, 18, fled from the passenger side door of the vehicle. Authorities arrested him after a foot chase.
Washington, with police in pursuit, then drove the vehicle to the fairgrounds where he fled on foot. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office led an overnight manhunt for Washington with help from the Woodstock Police Department, Virginia State Police and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.
While the chase was in progress, officers with the Woodstock Police Department executed a search warrant at an apartment on Ox Road. That search led to the arrests of Leonard Garris Jr., 28, and Andrea Scalf, 43, in connection with the robbery.
Shoemaker, Garris and Scalf have all been charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The four suspects appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Monday morning for an initial appearance.
They are all being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond.
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