Front Royal man arrested on armed robbery charges

Deputies arrested a Front Royal man Thursday after he allegedly robbed two Frederick County convenience stores at knifepoint.

James David Gulden, 36, allegedly went to the Bo’s Xpress on Fairfax Pike in Stephens City at around 3 a.m. Thursday, a release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office states. He went to the bathroom and then walked to the counter and tried to buy a pack of mints, the release says, and paid for the mints with cash.

When the store clerk opened the register, the release states, Gulden reached to grab the money. After the clerk pushed his hand away, Gulden pulled out a small pocket knife and took an undetermined amount of money before fleeing the scene, Capt. Aleck Beeman with the Sheriff’s Office said.

Then, around 7 a.m. Thursday, Gulden entered the Liberty Gas Station on Millwood Pike in Winchester, the release states. Gulden went to the candy aisle and then went to the counter to purchase a pack of mints, placing the cash on the counter, the release states. When the clerk opened the register, Gulden pulled out the knife and grabbed an undetermined amount of money before fleeing the store, the release says.

Investigators obtained surveillance video from the Liberty Gas Station robbery, and were able to identify Gulden’s car, the release states. They stopped Gulden’s vehicle on Pleasant Valley Road near Cork Street in Winchester around 11 a.m. Thursday, Beeman said.

Beeman added that no one was injured in the robberies, and that Gulden was arrested without incident. Gulden was charged with two counts of armed robbery and was taken to Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center.