LANCASTER – The second of two men accused of robbing three Lancaster restaurants at gunpoint within a two-hour span has been captured.
Lee Vance McQuilkin was arrested at 2:45 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 20) at a residence in the 13100 Block of Bromount Avenue in Sylmar, according to the Los Angeles County Jail.
The 27-year-old 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 three robberies happened between 7 and 9 p.m. In each case, two men walked into the restaurant, held the employees at gunpoint, demanded money from the register and then escaped on foot. Read more here.
McQuilkin, along with 28-year-old Damon Banks, 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.
On June 22, McQuilkin and Banks were each charged with five counts of robbery, and a $300,000 felony warrant was issued for each man’s arrest.
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.
Banks turned himself in to the Lancaster Station on July 3, and pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 5. Banks’ family members have long professed his innocence and believe the incident is a case of mistaken identity. Read more here.
Banks was ordered to stand trial on August 6, and his case is still pending trial.
Most recently, McQuilkin was profiled on the Lancaster Station’s ‘Most Wanted’ list on September 5.
Following his arrest in Slymar Thursday, McQuilkin was booked at the Lancaster Station at 6:20 p.m. on $300,000 bail.
UPDATED: McQuilkin has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is due back in court on Oct. 2 for a preliminary hearing on the case.