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Jahcori Potter Arrested After High-Powered Rifle Fired Near Housing Project: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police on St. Thomas are investigating the shooting of a high-powered assault rifle in a heavily-populated housing project yesterday, authorities said.

Jahcori Potter, 20 of the Bovoni Housing Community, was arrested by VIPD officers and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm about 7:57 p.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Police were dispatched to the Bovoni Housing Community, in reference to shots being fired, according to the VIPD.

The officers conducted an inspection of the area and attempted to conduct interviews with residents when Potter suddenly grabbed a nearby backpack and fled the area, police said.

“Officers pursued Potter, and he threw the backpack in nearby bushes during the chase. Officers continued pursuing Potter until they apprehended him in the bushes,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Officers retrieved the backpack, finding a high-powered assault rifle inside of it. As a result, Potter was placed under arrest. “

Bail for Potter was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

This case is presently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477 (TIPS).

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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