Detectives from the V.I. Police Department Intelligence Unit on Friday arrested 21-year-old James Nash III and charged him in a shooting June 5 in the Simonds Alley area.
Police contacted Nash at about 1:30 p.m. Friday at his residence took him into custody pursuant to an arrest warrant.
Nash is charged with first-degree assault, third degree assault, unauthorized possession of firearm and attempted murder. He was taken to the Bureau of Corrections pending advice of rights hearing.
Nash is the suspect in an assault that took place shortly before midnight June 4 in the Kronprinsens Gade and Simonds Alley area. Police were dispatched to the emergency room at the Schneider Regional Medical Center in regards to a report of a gunshot victim.
The victim told police that as he was walking westward on Kronprinsens Gade, an unknown male walked up to him and asked him a question. The victim said the situation felt suspicious, so he kept looking back when he saw the male suspect had pulled out a firearm from his waistband and began firing shots at him. The victim said he grabbed the suspect’s hand, at which time a scuffle ensued while the male kept firing shots.
He said he was able run away while the suspect fled in an unknown direction. He said he then felt a burning sensation and realized that he had been shot. An unknown citizen drove by in a vehicle and gave him a ride to the hospital.
The victim sustained a single gunshot wound to his left upper shoulder. He was treated by the hospital and released.
Police urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, extension 5579 or 5556. They also can contact 911, the St. Thomas-St. John District Chief’s Office at 340-715-5548, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.