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VIPD Sports Two Men Taken Off The Streets For Illegal Gun Possession … But Shooting Deaths Continue To Spiral Out of Control


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said that as a result of continued initiatives they are conducting, two men were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms this week.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 about 11:45 p.m., Nevin Davis, 28 of Estate Hope was arrested and charged with Possession of Unlicensed Firearm in the vicinity of Long Bay, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Shakieme Freeman, 24 of New Tutu was arrested and charged with Possession of Unlicensed Firearm in the vicinity of Thomasville, the VIPD said.

Bail for Davis and Freeman 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.

“In light of the recent Crime Wave that has hit the territory we will continue these initiatives and do our best to continue to get these guns off the streets, “St. Thomas District Chief of Police Jason Marsh said. “VIPD will continue to focus our efforts on crime reduction but will continue to plead with those who have information to come forward, speak out, and assist in making our streets safe again.”

Anyone having information about any crimes please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 or Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9807.

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

OLD SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY: Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. believes that making the taking of illegal guns off the streets will make the territory safer. So far, the Mapp Administration idea has not worked. Murders have increased under the Mapp-Potter Administration since sleepy-eyed Richards Sr. was made commissioner.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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