Updated 2/7/2013: Charges against Damon Banks and Lee McQuilkin were dismissed on Feb. 7, 2013. Read more here.
LANCASTER – A 27-year-old man profiled on the Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted list for allegedly robbing three fast food restaurants at gunpoint is now in custody.
Damon Deshaun Banks was arrested at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, and booked at 2:35 p.m. at the Lancaster Station, according to LASD inmate records. Information on where he was arrested was not immediately available.
Banks was wanted on a $300,000 felony warrant in connection with the armed robberies of Little Caesars, Wienerschnitzel and Subway, which occurred on Sunday, June 10.
The robberies happened between 7 and 9 p.m. In all three cases, two men walked into the restaurants, held the employees at gunpoint, demanded money from the register and then escaped on foot. Read more here.
Banks and 27-year-old Lee Vance McQuilkin were identified as suspects in the robberies through a combination of “surveillance video and good old police work,” according to Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.
Photos of the men, along with their physical descriptions, were placed on a Most Wanted list, which was distributed to local media on June 25.
McQuilkin was not in custody as of 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to LASD inmate records.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lee Vance McQuilkin is urged to contact Detectives Donnel or Ellis at the Lancaster Station at 661-948-8466. If you would like to provide information anonymously, you can do so by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Banks is scheduled for arraignment at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Antelope Valley courthouse.
Editor’s Note: Family members and supporters of Banks maintain that he is innocent and believe that the incident is a case of mistaken identity. The AV Times will follow this case closely and will have more information as it becomes available.