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St. Thomas Man Charged In 2017 Rape Arrested On Illegal Gun Charges During Routine Traffic Stop: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man arrested on rape charges in November 2018 was arrested on illegal gun charges over the weekend, authorities said.

Kewasi James, 29, of Estate Mariendahl, was arrested at 5:05 p.m. Saturday and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“An unlicensed firearm was found in the vehicle driven by James during a traffic stop on Wilmoth Rhymer Highway,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Derima said the VIPD’s Special Operations Bureau made the arrest of James on Saturday.

Based on the charges against him, James could also face federal firearms charges.

Bail for James was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, James was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

VIPD mugshot of Kewasi James when he was arrested for rape in 2018.

On November 8, 2018, James was arrested by the VIPD and charged with second-degree rape-domestic violence.

James was arrested after the woman positively identified him as the person who sexually assaulted her her in April 2017, according to police records.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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