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Police Stop Tutein For Driving Without A License Plate; Find Two Guns In His Car: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — Alert police seeing a black Honda driving without license plates late Tuesday night conducted a traffic stop near the Captain Morgan Rum Distillery and allegedly found two St. Croix men with handguns, authorities said.

Jareem Tutein, 22, the driver of the car, was arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Bail for Tutein was set at $10,000 by a Superior Court Magistrate. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Golden Grove Detention Center. 

ARRESTED: Jareem Tutein, 22, on St. Croix.

Roy Hendrickson, 29, was charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, obstructing and delaying an officer while discharging his duties, according to the VIPD. Bail for Hendrickson was set by a Superior Court Magistrate at $100,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Golden Grove Detention Center. 

ARRESTED TWO TIMES IN THREE MONTHS ON GUN CHARGES: Roy Hendrickson, 29, on St. Croix.

For Hendrickson, this is the second time in three months that the VIPD has nabbed him in a routine traffic stop with a firearm in the car. He was also arrested May 19 (see article below).

Officers from the SOB (Special Operations Bureau) while on patrol on the Melvin H. Evans Highway about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday near the Captain Morgan Rum Distillery spotted a black two-door Honda without license plate tags, police said.

Officers with the SOB immediately conducted a traffic stop, according to police. The driver, Tutein, came out of the vehicle and provided an expired driver’s license. 

“During the process officers observed a black handgun behind the driver’s seat on the floor,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “Tutein was immediately detained.” 

The passenger, Hendrickson, also exited the vehicle. As police questioned him, he “became aggressive and uncooperative with the officers when a physical altercation ensued where the officers and Hendrickson fell to (the) ground.”

“Subsequently, the officers were able to detain Hendrikson,” Dratte said.

While on the ground, police noticed a handgun underneath the vehicle to rear passenger’s side, the police spokesman said.

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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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