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BREAKING NEWS: Bank of St. Croix Held Up At Gunpoint This Morning … VIPD Captures Suspect 11 Minutes Later (UPDATED!)

CHRISTIANSTED — Police on St. Croix arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with a bank robbery in Peter’s Rest this morning.

Adam Mason was arrested on a charge of first-degree robbery. According to a press release, officers took Mason into custody approximately 11 minutes after the robbery was first reported by the Virgin Islands Free Press today.

A police investigation revealed that Mason allegedly entered the bank wearing a hoodie and sunglasses to hide his identity and grabbed the security guard by his neck and pointed a weapon towards the guard’s head, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Mason then approached a bank teller and demanded that she fill a bag with cash, according to the VIPD.

The teller filled the bag with money and then gave Mason the bag as she is trained to do.

As Mason was exiting the bank, he fired his weapon into the ceiling and fled the scene of the crime on foot.

Mason was captured by police at 9:27 a.m.,  in the Castle Coakley area, where the cash and weapon were later discovered.

People arriving at the Bank of St. Croix to do their banking were told as late as 1:30 p.m. on Thursday that the bank was closed, eyewitnesses told the V.I. Free Press.

An Hispanic man would approach people outside the bank and without identifying himself as a bank employee would tell customers simply that the bank was closed, but offering no explanation as to why, the sources said.

It is the second time in the last two robbery attempts at the Bank of St. Croix in Peter’s Rest that a gunman has discharged his weapon into the ceiling of the bank during the armed robbery.

Mason, 32, was arrested without incident and charged with first-degree robbery.

He was remanded to the Golden Grove detention Center pending his advice of rights hearing.

St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande said that he “commended the officers for their quick response and successful apprehension of the suspect.”

On June 22, 2017 at 9:16 a.m, the 911 Emergency Call Center received an alarm from the Bank of St. Croix in Peters Rest in  reference to a bank robbery in progress.

To hear how police characterized the incident in an official press release read by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte press play below:

THE SUSPECT: Adam Mason was arrested by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) less than a mile away in Estate Castle Coakley about 11 minutes after he fled the Bank of St. Croix in Peter’s Rest on foot.

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