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VIPD: Shot Fired During Armed Robbery Attempt of Bank of St. Croix Allegedly By Adam Mason

CHRISTIANSTED — As first reported in the Virgin Islands Free Press, the Bank of St. Croix in Peter’s Rest was held up by a lone gunman early Thursday morning who was captured by police less than a mile away from the site of the robbery about 11 minutes later.

Official details of the attempted bank robbery were released by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) at 5:17 p.m. on Thursday — eight hours after the incident.

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.

A police investigation revealed that Adam 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 VIPD said.

Mason then approached a bank teller and demanded that she fill a bag with cash.

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 an 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.”

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