A Warren County grand jury on Monday indicted two men accused of trying to rob a man in Front Royal on Oct. 9.
The panel handed up indictments in Warren County Circuit Court charging Corey Alexxander Smith with attempted robbery, malicious wounding while part of a mob and brandishing a firearm. Smith, 19, of 5364 Mulberry St., Stephens City, remains free on bond.
The grand jury also indicted Connor Patrick Keane on one count each of attempted robbery and malicious wounding while part of a mob. Keane, 19, of 5891 Gospel St., Mount Jackson, also remains free on bond.
A criminal complaint filed in Keane’s charging documents states that five people went to the Front Royal Skate Park at 101 Kerfoot Ave. on Oct. 9 to confront a man identified as Steven Brown over claims about stolen money that occurred the night prior. Members of the group tried to take money from Brown while at the park, the complaint states. Brown did not agree to hand over his money, according to the complaint.
“One of the individuals made the statement ‘show him the heat’ and Corey Smith lifted his shirt and had a black semi-automatic style handgun in his waistband and tried to intimidate Mr. Brown to hand the money over," the complaint states. “Corey allegedly had his hand on the gun and started to pull it out and Mr. Brown reminded him that kids were present and to not do that.”
A juvenile told Brown to give him what money he had on him, according to the complaint. When Brown refused, the juvenile, Smith and Keane started to assault him, the complaint states. Brown suffered fractures to bones in his face and around his eye that required surgeries, according to the complaint.
Several witnesses at the scene corroborated the story, the complaint states.
“The witnesses claimed the male was near unconsciousness and was severely bleeding from his facial area after the attack,” the complaint states. “Two of the males who did not participate in the assault stood guard to make sure the assault took place, and no one intervened.”
An off-duty police officer arrived and stopped the attack, thwarting the suspects’ efforts to take Brown’s money, the complaint states.