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Thursday, November 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Village People Singer Arrested In Reno

By Compiled From Wire Services

The original lead singer of the Village People, the 1970s disco group that made fun of macho men, was jailed Saturday on robbery and drug charges.

Victor Edward Willis, 45, of San Francisco, was arrested in his Flamingo Hilton room, where officers said they found about 45 grams of rock cocaine.

Officers went to the hotel-casino after a woman reported that a man struck her and robbed her of money and a bracelet. Police went to Willis’ room and found the woman’s belongings.

Willis, who lists his current occupation as a writer, was in jail Saturday afternoon, unable to post $16,500 bail. He was arrested for investigation of robbery, possession of a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance.

Willis was with the Village People from 1977 to 1979. He played the cop in the group.

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