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Man Who Fired Off Gunshots In Charlotte Amalie Is Quickly Arrested By VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who fired off gunshots in a crowded residential area has been arrested by police, authorities said

Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, 26, of Anna’s Retreat, was arrested at 12:26 a.m. today and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm and possession of an unlicensed firearm, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Cumberbatch was identified by witnesses as the individual who discharged shots in a residential area,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Police officers retrieved a firearm from Cumberbatch’s residence, resulting in his arrest.”

Bail for Cumberbatch 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.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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