Armed man robs Ville La Reine Pizza Hut
Published: October 4, 2012
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ST. CROIX - Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Ville La Reine Pizza Hut just before noon Wednesday.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said emergency dispatchers received a call about 11:45 a.m. reporting that the restaurant had just been robbed.
According to witnesses, a lone gunman entered the restaurant and demanded money, Rames said. No one was hurt during the robbery, she said.
Witnesses told police who arrived on the scene that a man armed with a handgun came into the restaurant and demanded money from the safe. The robber also took cash from the register, according to police. After taking an undetermined amount of cash, the robber left the building, police said.
The two employees in the restaurant at the time told police that they did not see which direction the suspect fled. The robber was described as a slim man with a light complexion wearing a black shirt and jeans, according to Rames. His face was covered with a fabric, and only his eyes, nose and mouth were exposed, Rames said.
Witnesses also told police that the robber fled the roadside restaurant area in a green Chevy Cavalier.
Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives and Forensic technicians processed the scene and collected evidence, according to police.
The robbery at the Pizza Hut restaurant comes just six weeks after at least four masked gunmen stormed Eat at Cane Bay Restaurant, firing shots into the air as they robbed the establishment, workers and patrons. St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell and Police Officer Elsworth Jones were wounded by gunfire as they tried to apprehend the suspected robbers. Two adults and a minor have been charged, and the investigation continues.
Additionally, on June 21, a lone gunman entered The Pastry Hut, brandished a firearm and tried to rob the business. At that time, Rames said the robber tried to access the business' cash register but was unsuccessful and ran from the business on foot. No injuries were reported and no arrest has been made.
Anyone in the community who has any information about this robbery or any other crime can call detectives at 712-6037, 712-6077 or call the anonymous tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.