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VIPD arrests five men on illegal weapons charges

Winston C. Venner 99Jahkeem Garray 1Omari Gordon Jr. 1Fade Asad 1Nakosi Prentice

FREDERIKSTED – The Virgin Islands Police Department said Tuesday that it had rounded up five men in different parts of St. Croix on illegal weapons possession charges.

Among the weapons recovered were a machine gun and a Glock handgun, believed to have been stolen from the residence of a police officer a few years ago, according to the VIPD.

The recovery of these weapons was attributed to a Directed Patrol Initiative, through the Criminal Investigation Bureau which includes members of the Wilbur Francis Command, Ancilmo Marshall Command, Traffic Investigation Bureau, and the ATF Task Force, the VIPD said.

Here are the names of the five people police said were arrested and when:

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Winston C. Venner, 27, of Estate Strawberry Ridge was arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm at 3:50 a.m. in the area of Estate Bellevue, in plain view of officers. Bail for Venner was set at $25,000. 00 and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Monday, July 13, 2015 – Jahkeem Garray, 19, of Estate William’s Delight was arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm at 1:20 a.m. in the vicinity of Estate La Reine. Bail for Garray was set at $25,000. 00 and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Monday, July 13, 2015 – Omari K. Gordon, 31, of Estate La Grande Princesse was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm at 8:40 p.m. in the vicinity of Harbor View apartments in Golden Rock. Bail for Gordon was set at $25,000. 00 and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Monday, July 13, 2015 – Fade Asad, 22, of Estate Barren Spot was arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm at 9:30 p.m. in the area of the D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace in Christiansted. Bail for Asad was set at $25,000. 00 and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Monday, July 13, 2015 – Nakosi Prentice, 18, of Estate William’s Delight was arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm at 11:55 p.m. in the area of Estate Concordia. Bail for Prentice was set at $25,000. 00 and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

The round-up occurred after three shootings and one home invasion were reported on St. Croix between Thursday and Saturday.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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