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St. Thomas’ Kennedy Pascal, Tyshaun Leerdam and 17-Year-Old Fortuna Boy Caught By Police Near Donoe Road With A Firearm In Their Car After Cops Get A ‘Tip’

OLD SCHOOL POLICE WORK: Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr.’s outdated law enforcement philosophy is to “take guns off the streets.” Unfortunately, Richards has not paired that philosophy with actually bringing to justice those people who use the guns to maim or kill others.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two men and one boy were arrested this weekend on illegal gun charges after a routine traffic stop.

Kennedy Pascal, 27, of Estate Wintberg and Tyshaun Leerdam, 24, of Estate Mariendahl and an unidentified 17-year-old boy who lives in Estate Fortuna were each charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and constructive possession of a firearm, unofficial police sources said.

Police received a tip that a vehicle was traveling east on Alton Adams Drive about 12:05 a.m. Friday and patrol officers intercepted the car with the three suspects near Donoe Road.

“After the officers saw a gun holster in plain view in the right front passenger door panel and a magazine clip on the dashboard, they requested to search the vehicle,” the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

During the search of the vehicle, police found a firearm under the driver’s side front seat, unofficial police sources said.

Pascal, Leerdam and the 17-year-old boy from Fortuna were then taken into police custody and later arrested.

Bail for Pascal and Leerdam was set at $35,000 while the minor boy had bail set at $10,000.

Unable to post bail, each of the suspects was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending advice of rights hearings.


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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