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Oswald Harris Court Man Arrested on Illegal Gun Charge: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man has been arrested on an illegal weapons charge, authorities said.

E’Jaiey Grant, 23, of Oswald Harris Court, charging him with possession of an unlicensed firearm at 8:49 p.m. Friday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“During an inspection of a residence, police officers discovered several firearms. Grant was placed under arrest after admitting to owning the firearms and failing to show that he was licensed to possess the firearms,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

This case continues to be under investigation. Anyone having any information is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 715-5557, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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

By John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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