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St. Croix’s Abdul Pemberton Arrested With Loaded Glock, Ski Mask at Gas Station


CHRISTIANSTED –A concerned citizen called the 911 Emergency Call Center at 6:49 p.m. Thursday to say that a black man with starter locks and wearing a green shirt had a hand gun at the Eastway Service Station.

Police from the Marshall Command Police Station responded with other units at the Tide Village-area gas station and contacted a black male who identified himself as 26-year-old Abdul Pemberton.

Police were able to retrieve a black Glock 30 .45 Caliber pistol/holster with one loaded magazine with one round chambered, an additional fully loaded magazine with 10 rounds; a total of 20 live rounds and a black ski mask.

Pemberton was charged with carrying of firearm; openly or concealed, possession or Sale of ammunition, possession of a firearm within a 1,000 foot of a school, and contempt of court.

At the probable cause hearing today the Superior Court Magistrate found probable cause for Pemberton’s arrest.

Unable to post $50,000 bail, Pemberton was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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