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St. Croix Men Who Hit Parked Car While Police Were Behind Them Arrested On Illegal Weapons Charges

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     ARRESTED: Jahseen Simmonds

MID-ISLAND ST. CROIX — On October 21, 2016 at 11:08 p.m., concerned citizens called the 911 call center who observed a vehicle with male individuals traveling in mid-Island area.

Officers received the vehicle description. Upon observation of the vehicle responding units including K9 Officers followed the vehicle, and during that time, the vehicle collided into a parked vehicle.

The officers conducted a search and found two firearms and extended magazines.

Arrested was 22-year-old Rakeem E. Messer of Christiansted at 11:30 p.m. after being found in Possession of an Unlicensed Firearms during a routine traffic stop, police said.

Also, 24-year-old Jahseen J. Simmonds of Frederiksted was arrested for possession of Unlicensed Firearm during a Traffic Stop.  Both Messer and Simmonds unable to post bail were remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Facility pending advice of rights hearing.

Acting St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande said that “he is not letting up on these ongoing initiatives, and have every intention of restoring a safer community”.

Police said that they “are urging citizens in this community to report crime, call the Police, In St. Thomas call (340) 774-2211 on  St. Croix (340) 778-2211, Crimestoppers VI 1-800-222-TIPS or call 911.”

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       ARRESTED: Rakim Messer

 

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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