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Man Arrested On Illegal Gun Charges After Police Investigate Stabbing Near Tap and Still Havensight

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Emergency 911 dispatchers received a call of a reported stabbing in the area of Tap and Still restaurant near the Havensight dock about midnight on Saturday, authorities said.

Members of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) team  made an inspection of the area in an attempt to locate suspects and came upon a vehicle bearing the Tag “DEVO” attempting to leave the wrong way through a one way in the area of the former Gourmet Gallery.

A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle “DEVO” and a tan color 9mm, Glock and a thirty (30) round magazine containing 30 rounds were recovered in the vehicle, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. 

“One of the passengers, 20-year-old Ta’riq Springette who was in the vehicle stated that the items belonged to him,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “Ta’riq Springette does not have a license to carry a firearm. Springette was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.”

Springette was placed under arrest, transported to Richard Callwood Command where he was booked and processed.

Unable to post bail of $25,000.00, he was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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