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Wanted Armed Robber, A Teenager, Turns Himself In To Police: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — A man wanted in an armed robbery of a fast food restaurant on St. Croix has voluntarily turned himself in to police, authorities said.

Wayne Burke surrendered to police without incident about 1 a.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Burke was subsequently arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree attempted robbery, unauthorized possession of firearm and possession of ammunition, according to the VIPD.

These charges stem from an incident on January 7, where Burke and an associate attempted to rob the KFC restaurant in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

“When a police officer attempted to apprehend the two men,  Burke fired shots after the officer and escaped,” Derima said.

Bail for Burke was set at $500,000. He was advised of his rights in Superior Court and has been has been given a court-ordered release on an unsecured bond in the amount of the bail and a third-party custodian.

St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe thanked the community and commended detectives for working together to close this case.

“Our detectives worked hard to make this arrest,” Chief Elskoe said. “We would like to thank those who assisted us with information to make this happen.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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