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VIPD Arrests St. Thomas’ James Nash In Connection With Shooting Near Simmonds Alley Last Month

ARRESTED: James Nash III on St. Thomas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that took place near Kronprindsens Gade and Simmonds Alley last month.

On Monday, June 05, 2017 at about 12:05 a.m., 911 Emergency Call Center transmitted shots being fired in Kronprinsens Gade and Simmonds Alley area.

Shortly thereafter 911 Emergency Call Center Dispatched units to the Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room about a gunshot victim.

Upon officer’s arrival to the emergency room contact was made with a male victim, who stated that as he was walking westward on Kronprinsens Gade, an unknown male walked up to him and asked him a question about whether the car wash nearby was open.

The victim stated that it felt suspicious so he kept looking back when he saw the male suspect pulled out a firearm from his waist and began firing shots at him.

The victim continued to state that he grabbed the suspect hand at which time a scuffle ensued while the male kept firing shots at him.

The victim further stated that he was able run away while the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

The victim concluded by stating that he later felt a burning sensation and realized that he had been shot when an unknown citizen drove by in a vehicle and gave him a ride to the hospital.

The victim sustained a single gunshot wound to his left upper shoulder. He was treated by the RLSH Emergency Room Doctor for his injury and released.

On Friday, July 7, 2017 at about 1:30 p.m., the VIPD Intel Detectives contacted the suspect James Nash III, 21, at his residence at which time he was taken into custody pursuant to an arrest warrant.

Nash is charged with Assault 1st, Assault 3rd, Unauthorized possession of firearm and Attempted Murder. Nash was taken to the Bureau of Corrections pending advice of rights hearing.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 or 5556. They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers V.I., the Chief’s office at (340) 715-5548.

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