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Village People Cop Runs Afoul of the Law

October 21, 2005|From Associated Press

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s music group the Village People, was being sought on arrest warrants after failing to show up for sentencing in a drug case Thursday, authorities said.

Willis, who co-wrote disco hits such as "Macho Man" and "In the Navy" before leaving the Village People in the late 1970s, was arrested July 11 after a Daly City police officer found a gun and what was believed to be crack cocaine in his car after a traffic stop.

Willis was scheduled to be sentenced in San Mateo County Superior Court but failed to show up. Judge Mark Forcum issued a no-bail warrant for a probation violation and a $200,000 warrant for the drug case, a clerk said.

Willis' attorney, Kenneth Quigley, told the San Francisco Chronicle that his client left a message with him Wednesday night saying he couldn't attend the hearing.

"He is scheduled for surgery. That's really as much as I know," Quigley told the newspaper.

Willis also had an outstanding $15,000 felony warrant for possession of narcotics, police said.

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