Last night at approximately 8:50 p.m., Winchester Police officers responded to Subway Restaurant located in the 2000 block of South Pleasant Valley Road for a report of an armed robbery. The suspect, identified as James David Gulden, 36, of Front Royal, has been arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery.
During the incident, Gulden brandished a knife and demanded money from the register, making off with nearly $300 in cash. He fled the scene before officers arrived. During the initial investigation, officers were able to obtain from witnesses a description of Gulden. Surveillance video that captured the incident was also obtained from the business.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reported that two similar armed robberies had occurred in its jurisdiction on November 2. One occurred along Fairfax Pike in Stephens City at approximately 3:24 a.m.; the other on Millwood Avenue at approximately 7:19 a.m. Each time, the suspect brandished a knife and removed cash from the register before fleeing in a blue Toyota station wagon.
At approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning, a vehicle matching the description from the armed robberies in Frederick County was seen travelling down Berryville Pike into the city. The vehicle was stopped by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at the intersection of Cork Street and Pleasant Valley Road. Winchester Police were called to the stop and positively identified the driver as the suspect in the Subway robbery, identifying him as James David Gulden.
After being apprehended, Gulden was arrested and charged with armed robbery by both the Winchester Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.