Front Royal police charge suspect in loan store robbery

A Georgia man has been charged in Thursday’s robbery of a Front Royal loan store and may be indicted soon on charges linked to the robbery of a Winchester loan store earlier that day.

Jhon Jario Lopez-Freyde, 22, of Norcross, Georgia, was recently charged with one felony count of robbery in last week’s robbery of the Advance America Cash Advance, 232 Remount Road, in Front Royal. 

The Warrenton Police Department initially identified the suspect apprehended in Warrenton as Jhon Jario Lopez, of Colombia. Front Royal Detective Marc Ramey explained over the phone Monday that this confusion likely stemmed from contradictory pieces of identification found on the suspect.

Lopez-Freyde is also suspected of robbing Allied Cash Advance, 115 Weems Lane, in Winchester, about an hour before the incident in Front Royal. 

He was arrested that evening by the Warrenton Police Department at Advance America’s Warrenton location, 201 Broadview Ave. According to a Warrenton Police Department news release, an employee identified Lopez-Freyde as he approached the store “based on an internal email alert” and called the police. 

Winchester Police Department Lt. Amanda Behan said over the phone Monday that the department has not yet charged Lopez-Freyde. She said the department is consulting with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office regarding what charges to pursue.

She added that any charges in the Winchester incident would likely come in the form of a grand jury indictment.

A Front Royal news release stated that Lopez-Freyde might also be connected to recent robberies in Centreville and Leesburg. 

He is being held without bond at the Fauquier County Detention Center.