Alert Police In Pursuit of One Suspect, Arrest Another On Gun Charge
FREDERIKSTED – While on a slow speed pursuit of a man who fleed a traffic stop, alert St. Croix police noticed that a vehicle turned onto a dead-end road when it observed the police patrol car, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.
Police arrested 29-year-old Jamal Rivera of Estate Grove Place at 9:48 p.m. Sunday and charged him with illegal gun possession, the VIPD said.
According to the report, police seeking a driver who had fled a traffic stop near West Airport Road saw that a vehicle turned off from the paved road onto a dirt road on a dead end street when the patrol car drove by. Police then cornered the vehicle on the dead end road.
While questioning Rivera, he voluntarily gave police consent to search his vehicle, according to police. While conducting the search, officers discovered several live rounds of ammunition in the vehicle. While continuing to search the immediate area, police discovered an automatic firearm nearby.
Rivera was arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Bail for Rivera was set at $10,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.
The gun and ammunition found in the possession of Jamal Rivera.