A suspect in a St. Croix robbery case was arrested on Wednesday, the V.I. Police Department reported.
The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Spicy Grill Restaurant in Estate Golden Grove for an alleged robbery by a heavy-set Black male who had entered the business, at which point he was recognized as the same suspect from a previous robbery at the same location on Nov. 18, according to the police report.
Officers were advised of the suspect’s path of flight, where he was spotted and he surrendered to police and was taken into custody, the report stated.
The suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Akemoi Simmonds, was arrested and charged with robbery-third. Simmonds was unable to post the $25,000 bail, and he was remanded to the John Bell Correctional Facility pending his advice of rights hearing on Friday, police said.
Simmonds is a UVI student and is currently on conditional release from two previous robberies in 2020, in which his accomplice fired shots at a pursuing police officer.
These incidents are currently under investigation. If you have any information, please call the CIB tip line at (340) 778-4850 or (340) 712-6072, Crime Stoppers V.I. at 1(800) 222-TIPS or 911.