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Alert Police In Pursuit of One Suspect, Arrest Another On Gun Charge

Mug Shot - Jamal Rivera

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.

VIPD RELEASE - 100515 - Jamal Rivera - Firearm

The gun and ammunition found in the possession of Jamal Rivera.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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