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Four St. Croix Men Arrested After Police Discover Glock During Routine Traffic Stop


ARRESTED: Joshua “Mongo” Cepeda

FREDERIKSTED — A routine traffic stop near Barren Spot led to four men being charged with weapons related offenses, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On September 28 at 2:40 p.m., a patrol officer observed a Silver Sedan driving straight across the intersection at Melvin H. Evans Highway and Hope Road in a North direction towards the Home Depot, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.


             ARRESTED: Niko Moore

The officer initiated a traffic stop in the road leading to Home Depot Parking Lot for failing to a follow a posted sign and, found out that the driver Joshua Cepeda, aka “Mongo,” did not have a driver’s license, Dratte said.

The officer was placing Cepeda under arrest for not having any driver’s license, requested other units and observed a firearm barrel protruding from under the front seat of the vehicle.

All the occupants in the vehicle were arrested, since no one claimed the weapon.


    ARRESTED: Jameel Neem Burke

Joshua Cepeda, aka “Mongo”, 22, of mid-Islansd,  Niko Moore,27,  of Frederiksted,  Jameel Neem Burke,  25, of Frederiksted, and Carl Nicholas Decicco, 31, of mid-island were each arrested for unauthorized possession of firearm.  The weapon recovered was a Glock Model 22, .40 Caliber.

The VIPD, Criminal Investigations Bureau, continue to ask the community for information in solving Crime in the territory. You can call CIB on St. Thomas at (340) 774-2211 on St. Croix (340) 778-2211 Or Crimestoppers VI at 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

“We can make this Virgin Islands safer for all us, the information you provide may make that difference,” Dratte said.


  ARRESTED: Carl Nicholas Decicco

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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