Two St. Thomas men were arrested by the V.I. Police Department in separate incidents and charged with firearms violations.
At approximately 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nevin Davis, 28, of Estate Hope was arrested in the vicinity of Long and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm.
At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police arrested Shakieme Freeman, 24, of New Tutu, in the vicinity of Thomasville. He also was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Bail for each defendant was set at $ 25,000 and, unable to post bail, they were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending their advice of rights hearings.
St. Thomas Chief of Police Jason Marsh said the department’s stepped-up enforcement action was in response to growing levels of crime on St. Thomas, where there have been seven homicides since the first of the year.
“In light of the recent crime wave that has hit the territory we will continue these initiatives and do our best to continue to get these guns off the streets,” Marsh said. “VIPD will continue to focus our efforts on crime reduction but will continue to plead with those who have information to come forward, speak out, and assist in making our streets safe again.”
Police urged anyone with information about any crimes to please contact the VIPD at 340-774-2211, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807, the 911 emergency call center, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 800-222-8477.