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Father and Son Indicted for Alleged Robbery

21 August 2017 News


A Winchester father and son who allegedly robbed a convenience store and fled from police were officially indicted this month by a Winchester grand jury. In addition to those charges, each man is facing shoplifting charges.

Justin L. Armel, 30, of the 100 block of Holliday Drive in Winchester, and his father, city resident James Allen Armel Sr., 54, of the 300 block of Charles Street, are accused in the January 20 robbery of a convenience store on N. Loudoun St. According to police one suspect pointed a pistol at a clerk and demanded money before fleeing to a pickup truck driven by the other suspect.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies perused the truck when it fled north on Interstate 81. The truck did not stop until authorities deployed a tire deflation device at the West Virginia border. Authorities were able to recover a bag of cash from the truck.

Both individuals were charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Justin Armel was additionally charged with wearing a mask in public. He is further charged with use of a fictitious license plate, driving after forfeiture of a license and hit-and-run on August 23, shoplifting on November 19 and concealment of merchandise on January 9.

James Armel faces further charges of shoplifting on November 7 and concealment on January 9.


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