Quayshawn Green
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Man arrested in armed robbery at Buckhead restaurant was employee, police say

One of four suspects in a violent armed robbery last week at a Buckhead taco restaurant is now behind bars, according to Atlanta police. 

Quayshawn Green, 23, was taken into custody Wednesday after he was identified as a person of interest in the incident at Velvet Taco. Investigators were able to develop enough evidence to secure arrest warrants for Green on charges of felony armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

“Mr. Green was an employee of the Velvet Taco at the time of the robbery and investigators believe he assisted in orchestrating this brazen crime,” police spokesman Investigator James White said in a news release Friday.

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The manager of the popular taco joint, which opened to fanfare on West Paces Ferry Road in September, was pistol-whipped when four masked men stormed the restaurant Saturday morning. Employees told police the crew entered though a back door and ordered them to the ground.

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According to investigators, the manager was forced to open the safe before she was hit with the gun. A round was discharged, but no one was hit by the bullet.

The men got away just before 4:45 a.m. with $3,255 in cash, White said. They were thought to have left on foot. 

Green was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Thursday and is being held without bond.

He is next scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Dec. 13. Three more suspects are still at large.

“The investigation into this incident remains ongoing and will continue until all players involved are located and arrested,” White said in a statement. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Atlanta police. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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