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VIPD: St. Thomas’ Avrel Turnbull Arrested For Bovoni Dump Shooting Incident That Took Place In October

      ARRESTED: Avrel Turnbull

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said that a St. Thomas man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for a shooting incident that took place at the Bovoni dump last year.

On Wednesday, May 03, 2017, at approximately 3:45 p.m. Avrel Turnbull was arrested based on a bench arrest warrant issued by a Superior Court judge.

The warrant written by Magistrate Judge Carolyn P. Hermon-Percell charges Turnbull with reckless endangerment, unauthorized possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, discharging or aiming a firearm, destruction of property and disturbance of the peace.

On Sunday, October 9, 2016, each victim positively identified Avrel Turnbull as the male they observed firing several shots at them while they were driving out of the Bovoni dump in their garbage truck. One of the victims stated that prior to the shots being fired; he had a verbal altercation with Avrel Turnbull.

Bail for Turnbull was set at $ 50,000.00 and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advise of Rights hearing.

Anyone having any information about these crimes please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 or Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807. You can also contact Crimestoppers VI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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