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St. Thomas Man Charged With 3 Counts of Illegal Gun Possession By Feds: USAO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who was observed on a home surveillance video putting a gun in a duffel bag near a public school has been charged with three counts of illegal gun possession, authorities said.

Akeem Julien, 24, of Hospital Ground, has been charged in a criminal complain with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, possession of a firearm within a school zone and unauthorized possession of a firearm within the territory of the Virgin Islands, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to a sworn affidavit filed in the case, on April 8, a video from a home surveillance camera located in the Hospital Ground area of St. Thomas captured Julien climbing over a railing and onto a patio in view of the camera recording the video. Julien was in possession of a black bag.

Julien was observed in the video picking up a handgun and placing it inside a black bag in his possession. This black bag was found later in a nearby residence, and contained an AK-type 7.62mm pistol with an obliterated serial number; a Glock .45 caliber handgun and a Glock 10mm; and multiple magazines with various ammunition.

The Memorial Moravian Elementary School is located within 1,000 feet of the residence where the video surveillance was recorded.

Julien does not have a license to carry firearms within the territory of
the Virgin Islands.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kyle Payne, Juan Albino and Everard Potter.

A criminal complaint is merely a formal charging document, and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of the Virgin Islands said.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” Shappert 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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