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3 Men, 1 Woman Arrested In ‘Bump-And-Run’ Midnight Carjacking On Vets Drive

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police are investigating an armed robbery-carjacking that began when the perpetrators purposely crashed into the victims’ car on Veteran’s Drive just after midnight on Monday, authorities said.

The victims reported they came to a stop at the traffic light near Vendor’s Plaza just before 12:29 a.m. Monday, when someone rear-ended their white 2018 Jeep Wrangler, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

When the victims exited their vehicle to inspect the damage, they were approached by an armed male dressed in all black, according to the VIPD. The armed male and other suspects left the area in the victims’ vehicle.

“On July 28, at 3:20 a.m., officers on routine patrol observed the stolen 2018 Jeep Wrangler with three male occupants at a gas station in Charlotte Amalie West,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The suspects then left the area in an attempt to evade officers.”

CHARGED: Raekoi J. Evans, 21, of Hospital Ground in St. Thomas

The vehicle was later located in Mahogany Estate after police received a tip from a citizen about the vehicle’s location.

“Officers conducting an inspection of the area observed three males leaving the area in a green sedan when they conducted a traffic stop,” Deria added. “Officers discovered a firearm with an extended magazine.”

CHARGED: Evonte A. Rey, 18, of Paul M. Pearson Gardens in St. Thomas

Arrested were – Raekoi J. Evans, 21, of Hospital Ground; Evonte A. Rey, 18, of Paul M. Pearson Gardens; Kevon V. Barclette, 20, of Paul M. Pearson Gardens; and T’Keyjah G. Austrie, 20, of Oswald Harris Court, police said.

Each person was charged with constructive possession of an unlicensed firearm, constructive possession of ammunition, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, according to police.

Bail was set at $50,000 for each individual. Unable to post bail, all four were remanded to the custody of Bureau of Corrections, pending their advice-of-rights hearings.

CHARGED: Kevon V. Barclette, 20, of Paul M. Pearson Gardens in St. Thomas

Crimes related to carjacking or altering the identification number of a gun fall under federal jurisdiction.

The investigation  is ongoing and police are calling on the community to report any information by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where your tip can earn you a reward.

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

CHARGED: T’Keyjah G. Austrie, 20, of Oswald Harris Court in St. Thomas
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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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