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Police charge two in man’s robbery

Dakota Miller

WOODSTOCK – Authorities accused two Shenandoah County residents of robbing a man at a bank in town last month.

Dakota W. Miller, 20, of 206 Shenandoah Ave., Edinburg, stands charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Krystal K. Clowser, 35, of 24940 Old Valley Pike, Maurertown, is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery as a principal in the second degree. Clowser has been released on bond. Miller remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Clowser and Miller robbed Ian Vann of $500 in the parking lot of the Dupont Community Credit Union on April 20, according to charging documents filed in Shenandoah County General District Court.

The criminal complaint filed with Miller’s charges by Woodstock police Investigator T.J. Pence states that the alleged victim was assaulted and robbed of $500. The accused was identified as a suspect who admitted after hearing his Miranda rights that he conspired with Clowser to rob the victim.

“This was by his admission planned the night before when Vann had asked Clowser for a ride to the bank,” the complaint states. “The accused paid Clowser $150 for her participation after the event took place.”

Clowser appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday where Judge Amy Tisinger granted her release on a $5,000 secured bond. Tisinger ordered as a condition of her release that she have no contact with the alleged victim or Miller. Clowser must test negative on a drug screen panel prior to any release on bond. Clowser also waived her right to extradition if she fails to appear and is arrested out of state, according to the court documents. Tisinger notes in her decision to grant Clower’s release that the defendant “overcame” the presumption against bond, is a lifelong resident, has a minimum criminal history and no felony convictions nor instances of failing to appear, and that she turned herself in.

Attorney Bradley Pollack represents Clowser. Attorney Dragana McCleary represents Miller.

The criminal complaint Pence filed with Clowser’s charges echoes the comments made in Miller’s charging document.

A checklist used by a magistrate for bail determination notes Clowser has charges of shoplifting and driving on a suspended license pending in Shenandoah County General District Court.  The magistrate had ordered Clowser held without bond shortly after her arrest.

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