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‘Armed And Dangerous’ Fugitive Arrested Without Incident On St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Fugitive from justice Nijohntea Walker was arrested Friday afternoon by special agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), authorities said.

A complaint was previously filed against Walker on April 30, 2020 for Possession of a Firearm within a school zone and Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm within the territory of the Virgin Islands, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Nijohntea Walker

Walker, 19, remained at large until Friday, May 22.

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

Walker was in possession of a pistol which he proceeded to hide at the residence and returned later to retrieve it.

The Memorial Moravian Elementary School is located within 1,000 feet of the residence where the video surveillance was recorded. Walker 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, Firearms (ATF) and Explosives and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

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

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that a criminal complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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