Five people were arrested by police on St. Thomas in the last week in separate cases of possession of unlicensed firearm charges, the V.I. Police Department reported Monday.
- Cariem J. Charles, also known as “Remy," a 24-year-old resident of Estate Bovoni, was arrested at about 1 a.m. on Sunday and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm after police found a .45 caliber Glock pistol, two magazines and ammunition in his possession. The arrest occurred outside the Carnival Village, where members of the Intelligence Bureau observed Charles arguing with another individual. Police said they knew Charles from a previous case. While checking Charles to ensure the safety of the officer, the weapon and ammunition were found in his possession. Police said Charles is on a year’s probation, and served a year in jail after pleading guilty to previous gun possession charge. His bail was set at $25,000 and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.
- Jaime Roberts, 20 of Estate Frydendahl, was arrested a few minutes before 7 p.m. Saturday. Police said Roberts was in possession of a firearm when he was approached by police in Estate Smith Bay. Police confiscated a black Smith Wesson handgun loaded with five bullets during the arrest. Roberts bail was set at $25,000 and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections.
- Djaromie Barry of Altona was also arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police said they were dispatched to the area of Oswald Harris Court and Wheatly Center to investigate a disturbance in progress. When they arrived, police saw two men near building 20, and one matched the description that had been relayed to them by 911 dispatchers. When police identified themselves and approached the man, who was later identified as Barry, the suspect began to run. Officers chased the suspect on foot and observed him remove a gun from his waistband before he was apprehended by the officers. Barry, age 33, was put on a $25,000 bail and placed into custody.
- At about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, Akil Smith and Jolanni George were arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearms. Officers of the Special Operations Bureau were patrolling and conducting inspections of the Tutu High Rise area when they saw two men sitting near building 44. Officers approached them and they began to run. Police followed them into a building, where they were seen by officers throwing what appeared to be firearms into an apartment. Police detained the suspects and retrieved two black .45 caliber Glock firearms which were loaded. Police also confiscated a gun holster and an extra magazine.