Police on St. Thomas confiscated another firearm and arrested three people on various charges.
Francisco R. Abreu, 19, and Jose Luis Leger Arias, 18, were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, grand larceny, third-degree assault and possession of an unlicensed firearm. Both suspects are originally from the Dominican Republic and reside at Patriot Manor on St. Thomas.
According to the police reports, Zone A Command officers arrested Abreu and Arias around 10:50 p.m. Monday. Police said while in the Main Street area both suspects assaulted a male victim, hit him in the head with a firearm and robbed him of his cell phone at gunpoint. Police confiscated a .22 caliber firearm from the suspects.
Bail for Abreu was set at $160,000 and bail for Arias was set at $110,000.
At about 7 p.m. the same day Ronald J. Kern, 43, was arrested for aggravated assault and battery, resisting arrest and disobeying a lawful order. Kern, a California native residing at Estate Bellevue, was arrested in the Red Hook area near American Yacht Harbor.
Police said Kern had a machete in his hand and was talking aggressively to a male victim. When police arrived on the scene Kern dropped his weapon but threatened the officer.
Bail for Kern was set at $3,000. All suspects mentioned were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.