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Routine Traffic Stop Leads To Illegal Gun Possession Charges For Rajiah Royer In Frydenhoj


  ARRESTED: Rajiah Raheem Royer

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A routine traffic stop led to a 22-year-old St. Thomas man being arrested on illegal gun possession charges, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On Monday about 9:32 p.m. police arrested Rajiah Raheem Royer for possession of an unlicensed firearm, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Royer was placed under arrest after he was observed throwing an object from the roadway into the bushes in Estate Frydenhoj which was later discovered to be a firearm, according to police.

Royer was held on $10,000.00 bail pending an advice of rights hearing, police said.

The VIPD said that it can always use the community’s assistance.

Anyone with information about any crime in the territory is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau on St. Croix at (340) 778-2211, St. Thomas (340) 774-2211, Crimestoppers VI  1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

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

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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