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VIPD: Suspect In March Armed Robbery Worked At McDonald’s That Was Hit

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas McDonald’s employee was arrested by police and charged for his alleged role in an armed robbery two months ago.

DeQuan C. Solis, 20, of Charlotte Amalie, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree robbery (aiding and abetting), the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Solis had been wanted for questioning in the armed robbery of the McDonald’s at Tutu Park Mall on March 14, according to the VIPD.

Bail for Solis was set at $25,000.00 by the order of the Court. Unable to post bail, he was processed and remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that, after closing, an employee was taking out the garbage through a rear door, when he was confronted outside by an unknown person, dressed in all black wearing a black ski mask.

“The individual placed a gun to the employee’s head and instructed the employee to keep walking back into the restaurant,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said at the time. “Another individual also dressed in all black with a black ski mask followed behind, also with a gun in hand.”

While inside the individuals pointed their guns at other employees and demanded their cellphones and removed over $2,000 in cash from the restaurant’s registers, Dratte said.

Solis was a standout football prospect for North Dakota State College of Science in 2016.

He went to secondary school at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School.

DeQuan C. Solis on Facebook.
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1 Comment

  1. May 15, 2019 at 8:56 AM — Reply

    Now he will have lots of time to play football, and flip burgers in Jail for free.
    Get rich or get caught trying, guess it didn’t work out for him.

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