Armed robbery suspects indicted

A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted four defendants on all charges in connection with the armed robbery of Ben’s Diner in Woodstock.

The grand jury handed down true bill indictments for Raymond “Ray” Washington, 28, Andrew Shoemaker, 18, Leonard “Spoon” Garris Jr., and Andrea Scalf, 43.

Washington was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit an armed robbery, attempted robbery, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, the unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and for wearing a mask in a prohibited location.

Shoemaker was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted robbery and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Garris was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted robbery, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony and wearing a mask in a prohibited location.

Scalf was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted robbery, the use of a firearm in commission of a felony and child endangerment.

A grand jury is a panel of citizens that only hears evidence from the prosecution, and determines if there is probable cause that the defendants are guilty of their alleged crimes. While a trial jury requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred for a guilty verdict, a grand jury requires a lesser degree of certainty.

The four defendants were charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attempted armed robbery of Ben’s Diner. According to Shoemaker’s testimony from a preliminary hearing, the three men entered the diner together, after Scalf dropped them off and stayed in the getaway car.

Shoemaker said the three men, clad in makeshift masks, entered the diner together. Garris stood as a lookout, while Washington brandished a pistol and demanded money from the register. Upon learning the register had already been emptied, the two men attempted to access the safe in the back office. However, diner employees had locked the door and barricaded it shut, Shoemaker said.

At that point, the three left the diner emptyhanded and Scalf drove them home.

However, Scalf’s attorney, Margarita Wood, said her client had no knowledge of what the men had been planning when she drove them to the diner.

All four were arrested in connection with the robbery Jan. 8. For more information on the robbery and ensuing manhunt, see earlier coverage from The Northern Virginia Daily at http://tiny.cc/ot79iy. For more information on the preliminary hearing, see earlier coverage from The Northern Virginia Daily at http://tiny.cc/5u79iy.

Though Shoemaker has been released on bond, Garris, Scalf and Washington are still being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com

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