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Cell Tower Workers Robbed Of Cash At Gunpoint In Cheeseburgers In Paradise Parking Lot

East End, ST. CROIX — Two men working on the AT&T cell tower were held up at gunpoint in broad daylight in a popular Southgate Gardens restaurant parking lot this morning, authorities said.

The two unidentified men reported being robbed near Cheeseburgers In Paradise restaurant at 11:24 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The two men were working when a tall, slim, black man approached one of the two tower workers, pointed at gun at him and demanded money, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The first victim gave the funds he had to the suspect, who then turned his attention to the second victim, pointed the gun at him, and demanded the second victim’s cash as well, according to Derima.

AT&T cell tower in Southgate Gardens on St. Croix.

The suspect left the area. Police did not specify if the armed robber left on foot.

No one was injured during the incident, according to the VIPD.

This case is currently under active investigation.

If you have information about this incident, please tell police what you know by calling 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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