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ARRESTED: Eustache Emmanuel Stevens of Estate Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three St. Thomas natives have been arrested by police in connection with illegal gun possession charges.

On Thursday, December 29, 2016 three men were arrested and charged for possession of unlicensed firearms in continuation of ongoing initiatives conducted by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Eustache Emmanuel, 28, of Estate Thomas was arrested after he was patted down and found in the possession on an unlicensed firearm in the area of Red Hook, the VIPD said.

Ernest Stevens 37 of Hidden Valley was arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm at roughly 8:40 p.m. after he was found in the stairway of Building 18 in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

On said date at roughly 9:00 p.m., Kamal Thomas, 34, of Tutu Valley was arrested after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm in the area of Mango Tree Bar located in Smith Bay.

Bail for Emmanuel, Stevens, and Thomas was set at $25,000.00 and unable to post bail, they were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advise of Rights hearing.

On Monday, three other St. Thomas natives were arrested as part of a police initiative to get guns off the streets over the holidays.

On Monday, December 26, 2016 about 3:45 a.m., Kisho Gumbs 24 of Paul M. Pearson Gardens, Akil Smith 24 of Estate Tutu, and Jaleem Charles 18 of Estate Tutu were arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

Four firearms were confiscated during this arrest including an AK-47, the VIPD said, adding that the arrests stemmed from “ongoing initiatives” that they are currently conducting.

The VIPD said that it “continues to ask for the assistance of anyone who is aware of individuals in possession of an unlicensed firearm.”

“The life you save may just be your own,” the police said, attributing it to no one in particular.

Anyone having any information about any crimes please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801.

You can also contact Crimestoppers VI at 1 (800) 222-8477 or dial 911.

ARRESTED: Ernest Stevens of Hidden Valley

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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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