FRONT ROYAL – A theft at a local Sprint store, the destruction of jail property, a rape, and an overdose incident are among the indictments handed up by a Warren County Circuit Court grand jury this week.
Daquan Rawls, 22, of 2140 Brooks Drive, District Heights, Maryland, was charged with robbery of a business, possession of burglary tools, destruction of property valued at less than $1,000 and grand larceny of more than $1,000, not from a person.
In that incident, on Dec. 27, the criminal complaint states that an employee of the Sprint store at 135 Crooked Run Plaza videotaped a suspect, later identified as Rawls, who entered the store with scissors. The suspect started to cut a display of iPhones and then took off. The complaint states that iPhones valued at $5,054 were stolen.
The complaint also states that on Jan. 13, the same suspect entered another Sprint store located at 437 South St. suite F, went to a cell phone display, broke the securing devices and took three iPhones.
After taking the second phone, Rawls was approached by a store employee, the complaint states. Rawls showed a pair of wire cutters and took the third phone before fleeing the store, the complaint states. The phones were valued at $3,029. The cost to replace the security devices was $90, the complaint states.
Front Royal police were alerted by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to Rawls after a similar crime had occurred during a string of robberies in that county. According to the Loudoun County Circuit Court website, Rawls is facing similar charges and is scheduled for a plea hearing there at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12.
Rawls is facing the same charges at the General District level in Warren County, but because he had missed a preliminary hearing for them, Commonwealth’s Attorney John Bell said his office decided to go directly to the grand jury to seek an indictment. The lower court charges, Bell said, will be nolle prosequi, which means they will no longer be pursued but can be brought back within a certain time period.
Rawls is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, according to online jail records. His next General District Court hearing is Wednesday. No circuit court hearing has been scheduled yet.
Joseph Dodson, 41, of 228 Fletcher St., Front Royal, was charged with rape and abduction by the grand jury.
According to the complaint in his case, Dodson bound a woman’s legs together, handcuffed her arms behind her back, placed her behind a refrigerator and told her to be quiet while displaying a weapon.
The woman was then placed in the trunk of his car and driven to another location, where he kicked her in the mouth and slammed her head into the car before raping her.
Dodson was held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail and then released on a $5,000 bond. He is due in Warren County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on July 14.
The overdose incident on Jan. 23 involved Nathaniel Green III, 42, of Winchester, who was charged with possession of a firearm while being a felon.
Green was in a room at the Hampton Inn at 9800 Winchester Road where a woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Front Royal Police Department states in a news release after the incident that her death was suspected of being due to an overdose.
Police found a small plastic bag with a powder substance, capsules and white power in the room, a complaint from the incident states. Green was charged with possession of a controlled substance in the incident, but it was nolle prosequi in Warren General District Court in February.
Three handguns, multiple rounds of ammunition, and 12-gauge shotgun shells in a safe with Green’s identification cards were also found in the room, the complaint states.
Green is due in Warren County Circuit Court on July 14. He was released from RSW Regional Jail on a $5,000 bond.
Jhon Lopez, 25, of Front Royal, who was serving a five-year sentence for a robbery of a residence and assault of a corrections officer, was recently charged with tampering/disabling fire suppression equipment by the grand jury.
In the latest charge, Lopez was seen in video footage using his shoe to break a sprinkler head, causing it to discharge in an area solely occupied by him, court documents state.
In the assault incident, Lopez became disruptive with an officer who was trying to uncuff him through a tray slot of a cell. Lopez’s actions lead the officer to smash his hands against the slot twice.
The sentence Lopez was serving was from when he robbed an Advance America Cash in 2018. He faced similar charges in Madison and Fairfax counties, as well as accusations from Winchester police when he was sentenced for the crime. He is due in Warren County Circuit Court on the latest charge on July 14.