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Subway Restaurant Robbed At Closing By Two Armed Men


Subway Restaurant in Orange Grove Friday

CHRISTIANSTED – For the second time in three weeks, a fast food restaurant on Miracle Mile was robbed at gunpoint by two masked men, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to the Subway restaurant in Estate Orange Grove at 9:10 p.m. Friday in response to a call about a robbery, the VIPD said.

Police spoke to one of the two Subway workers in the restaurant who told them she was cleaning the restaurant when two masked men entered the restaurant demanding money, according to the VIPD.

One of the men jumped over the counter and pointed a gun at the female Subway worker and instructed her to get on the ground, police said. The masked man then went into the prep area of the restaurant and returned with the other Subway worker in tow.

The second Subway worker was then then ordered to open up the cash register, according to police. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the register and then the masked man ordered her to open up the safe or she would be shot.
The men not only took the contents of the safe, but also the mobile phones of each of the Subway employees and the restaurant’s land line phone also, police said. Then the masked men left the restaurant without harming the employees inside.

Meanwhile, on August 5, two armed black men wearing stocking caps to cover their faces held up the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Orange Grove — just three hundred yards south of the Subway Restaurant where the armed robbery took place Friday night.

Police said they went to the KFC on Miracle Mile shortly after 10 p.m. August 5 because the 911 Emergency Call Center notified them that a robbery had taken place, the VIPD said. None of the employees in the store were harmed during the robbery.

The KFC staff said they had locked the doors to the restaurant and were preparing to leave when one of the employees heard the sound of breaking glass, according to police.

The two armed men entered through the northern door of the restaurant after breaking the glass of the restaurant door with a cinder block, police said.

The two men then ordered the employees to the ground and demanded money, according to police. The thieves tooks an undisclosed amount of cash, all the mobile phones of the employees and even the restaurant’s phone, before fleeing the restaurant.

Police described the employees as “shaken but unharmed” by the armed robbery.

Employees said identified the robbers as two black males, dressed in all black with stocking caps covering their faces, according to police.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau is investigating the armed robberies, police said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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