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Peter’s Rest Man Heads Up Group of 3 Arrested Under ‘Lock Them Up’ Sweep Today

CHRISTIANSTED — Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau and officers in the Special Operations Bureau conducted Operation “Lock Them Up” today executing arrest warrants on three St. Croix men in separate cases.

Rolando Gautier, 37, of Peter’s Rest was arrested at 5:18 a.m. today and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, unauthorized possession of a firearm, discharging or aiming of a firearm, and possession of ammunition, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD mugshot of Rolando Gautier, 37, of Peter’s Rest on St. Croix.

Officers were dispatched to Gautier’s residence for a report of shots fired in the area on December 16, 2019. Further investigation by detectives led to a Superior Court bench warrant being issued for Gautier’s arrest. When the arrest warrant was executed, officers discovered two unlicensed firearms, adding charges to the arrest, according to the VIPD.

Other arrests effected under the VIPD’s “Lock Them Up” sweep today were:

  • Heriberto Ramos, 30, of Castle Burke, was arrested at 5:18 a.m. today and charged with third-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm, discharging or aiming of a firearm, brandishing, exhibiting or using a deadly weapon, simple assault & battery-domestic violence. The arrest stemmed from a January 8 incident, when two females reported that Ramos brandished a firearm and assaulted them with the firearm. An arrest warrant was obtained for the incident.
VIPD mugshhot of Heriberto Ramos, 30, of Estate Castle Burke on St. Croix.
  • Nazari J. Hazel, 20, of Croixville Apartments, was arrested at 10:25 a.m. today and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, aiming or discharging of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Hazel was identified as the individual who discharged a firearm in the Croixville Apartments area on November 11, 2019.
VIPD mugshot of Nazari J. Hazel, 20, of Estate Grove Place on St. Croix.

Bail for Gautier was set at $25,000, bail for Ramos was set at $30,000. Bail for Hazel was set at $25,000. Ramos was not eligible for bail under the territory’s domestic violence statutes.

Unable to post bail, each man was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending advice-of-rights hearings.

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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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