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St. Croix’s Samuel Melendez Arrested On Charges Of Brandishing A Loaded Gun In A Crowded Supermarket

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man was arrested on charges related to allegedly brandishing a loaded semi-automatic pistol in a crowded supermarket.

Samuel “Sammy” Melendez, 43, of St. Croix made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon after his arrest by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations special agents on the charge of possession of a Ffirearm within a school zone, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, on October 8, 2018, Melendez was brandishing a firearm and cursing at customers in the H & R Supermarket in Frederiksted.

Melendez was later found to be in possession of a loaded .380 caliber Jimenez Arms pistol.

This occurred within 1,000 feet of the St. Patrick’s Elementary School.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Huston.

Shappert said that an arrest warrant is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.

Samuel “Sammy” Melendez, 43, on Facebook.
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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