A man who is too young to order a beer is accused of robbing Aviator Tap House and its customers of about $900 at gunpoint early Sunday morning.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office arrested Younikue Shai’kem Stewart, of 8240 Rhodes Road, Apex, near his home Wednesday. He faces two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and five counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Fuquay-Varina police posted a surveillance video clip on Facebook Monday afternoon and said the response from the public helped them identify the 20-year-old as the suspect.
The video showed a person walking through the outdoor patio of the East Broad Street establishment at 1:17 a.m. with his right hand on what appears to be a weapon and his left hand holding what looks like a bag. It was shared more than 500 times and reached more than 40,000 people in a couple of days.
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“We received valuable tips that assisted in the investigation and the subsequent identification of the suspect as well as the recovery of evidence linked with the case,” the department wrote in a post announcing the arrest. “It is through open communication and trusting partnerships with the public that crimes are solved.”
Stewart was being held under $1.4 million bond, with a court date set for Thursday.
Wake County criminal records show Stewart was convicted in November 2015 of a common-law robbery and served three months in jail and nine months of parole requiring him to attend substance abuse counseling to avoid places that sell alcohol. At the same time as that conviction, Stewart pleaded guilty to felony breaking and entering and was placed on 18 months probation, the records show.
Stewart was also charged in July with assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats, according to county records.