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St. John Man Charged With Attempted Murder For Shooting In Susannaborg

CRUZ BAY — A St. John man was arrested on a warrant Thursday evening and charged with attempted murder and related charges, authorities said.

Ezius M. Ashly, 21, of Calabash Boom, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and charged with second-degree attempted murder, unauthorized use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, discharging or aiming Firearms, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and reckless endangerment, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Ashly was observed on video surveillance as a suspect in a shooting incident that occurred in Susannaborg on September 16,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Ashly was set at $200,000 as per chart. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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