FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury indicted a Georgia man Monday on a charge involving the alleged robbery of an employee of a cash advance business in Front Royal in August.

Jhon Jairo Lopez, also known as Jhon Jairo Lopez-Freyde, 22, of 5300 Springs Lane, Norcross, Georgia, stands charged in Warren County Circuit Court on a charge of robbery. The arrest warrant and indictment accuse Lopez of robbing a worker at Advance America Cash Advance. on Remount Road Aug. 2.

A criminal complaint for the arrest warrant written by Front Royal police detective Marc R. Ramey states that a man later identified as Lopez made contact with a clerk in the business and asked her about obtaining a money gram. Lopez then walked behind the counter and demanded money from the woman, the complaint states. The male held a hard object the clerk described as possibly a firearm, according to the detective.

Lopez ordered the woman to open the cash drawers and remove money from two of the four drawers, the complaint states. The man then demanded to know the location of the safe, the detective adds. The clerk showed Lopez where the safe was and he removed a bag full of money, the complaint notes. Lopez then left the business.

The witness provided a description of the suspect and authorities found Lopez outside another Advance America Cash Advance store in Warrenton, the complaint states. Warrenton police captured the suspect, who was wearing the same clothes as the suspect in the Front Royal incident. The man was identified as the same person who robbed the store on Remount Road, according to the detective. Front Royal police provided a photo obtained through video surveillance to the Warrenton Police Department and a sergeant positively identified the man as the suspect in the Warrenton robbery.

Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. scheduled Lopez’ next appearance for Feb. 20. Lopez remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

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