ArrestedAndArraigned In Checkers Robbery
Within one month of an armed robbery at Checker’s fast food restaurant at 6820 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, a suspect has been arrested and is facing charges for the crime.
At about 10:30 p.m. on December 22nd, 2013, a man showing a firearm entered the restaurant, demanded property from the customers and staff, then robbed the cash register and safe. The perpetrator left with four cellphones and more than $1,300 in cash.
On January 21st, 49 year old Lamont Davis was arrested in connection with the robbery and arraigned on January 22nd. Detective John Conroy of the 100th Precinct was the lead investigator on the case.
According to the Queens District Attorney’s office, Davis is charged with several criminal violations related to the incident. These include three felony counts of first degree robbery armed felony second degree burglary, and two armed felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon. He is also charged with first degree reckless endangerment and grand larceny in the fourth degree.
In depositions to the Queens DA, witnesses stated Davis entered the restaurant wearing a bandana over his face. Brandishing a handgun, he robbed the customers and staff of their cellphones.
According to the D.A, witnesses reported that when Davis jumped over the counter to rob the shop’s cash register, the bandana slipped and his face was exposed.
Davis then forced an employee to open the store safe. After taking $1300 in cash, Davis reportedly put his gun on the ground and forcibly took the employee’s cellphone.
Victims say as he picked up the gun it fired a shot. No one was injured, but the police evidence collection team recovered two bullet fragments from the crime scene.
Besides eyewitness accounts and the physical evidence, NYPD detectives also examined video surveillance tapes from the restaurant’s security system.
Davis’ next court appearance is on March 10th. If convicted he faces up to 25 years in prison.