Suffolk man accused of breaking into coffee shop, stealing donation jar meant for Regent grad’s medical bills


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man was arrested right outside of the coffee shop police say he stole a donation jar from a few weeks ago.

The money inside of the jar that was stolen was supposed to go toward medical bills for 24-year-old Alexis Livingston, a Regent University grad who got in a crash over spring break and suffered a severe brain injury.

23-year-old Raquwon Faulk was arrested over the weekend and charged with breaking and entering other structure with intent to commit larceny, petit larceny, and destruction of property.

“Not only did I give them a tip, I gave them the guy,” said owner Marie DePedro.

Raquwon Faulk. Photo Courtesy – Western Tidewater Regional Jail

She had surveillance video from the night of October 9 and was able to ID the alleged thief after thorough detective work herself. She says Faulk worked right next door.

“I looked through weeks of footage. Now that I’m familiar with how he moves, how he walks, how he behaves, I can now compare that behavior with one of our patrons,” DePedro said. “He used to come here every day too, and three times a day,” she said.

She went to police and continued to push for justice. The day Faulk was arrested, she says police were actually inside of her coffee shop looking over surveillance video. As police ran next door to arrest him, DePedro ran to the window to watch it all go down.

“It was the best day of my life it was so rewarding great experience and great feeling see him getting arrested I feel like mission completed,” DePedro said.

DePedro says they had a fundraiser for Livingston last weekend at the other coffee shop she owns in Virginia Beach. She also says she’s hoping to get the $1,000 reward for tipping officers off to Faulk. She said she would then donate that money to Livingston’s family.

Faulk is currently being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.

Friends- On Wednesday evening (the 9th) our Suffolk location was broken into and the donations for Alexis Livingston were stolen. For those who are new here and don’t know the story:Alexis is one of the most kindhearted people who will literally give you the shirt off her back. On March 12 our dear friend Alexis Livingston was in a catastrophic car accident where she was hit head on by an eighteen wheeler. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, a shattered ankle, broken ribs etc. She was in a coma until July and has slowly become conscious. She cannot talk, walk, or move at all on her own. She continues to work hard in her therapies and we are very proud of her. That being said, the hospital bills are piled unimaginably high. This is a very condensed version of her story- there is so much more to it, but our goal is to help raise as much money as we can to help her and her family. We are extremely disappointed in these turn of events- but we will continue to collect donations. We are STILL having the “Alexis Livingston Pink Out Night” on October 18th from 6-8 pm at the VA Beach location. Please come join us in celebrating her and her recovery. If you know who this person is, please come forward. Thank you, and be safe. More pictures and video in comments. WAVY TV 10

Posted by Pourfavor on Friday, October 11, 2019

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