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VIPD: Bovoni Man Charged In Gunpoint Jewelry Snatching At Mariendahl

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One of the four St. Thomas men accused of robbing a man of his jewelry at gunpoint near his Mariendahl home last month was charged in the case on Tuesday, authorities said.

Jevon Thomas, 19, of Bovoni was arrested at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and charged with first-degree robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm, second-degree robbery, first-degree assault, three counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, grand larceny, conspiracy and unauthorized possession of ammunition.

Investigation revealed that Thomas was one of four suspects in an incident that occurred in Estate Mariendahl on January 31, where the victim was robbed of his jewelry at gunpoint near his home, according to the VIPD.

Bail for Thomas was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice- of-rights hearing.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. The VIPD urges anyone with information that can help solve this crime to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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