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St. Croix Man Arrested in November Homicide

Augustus A. Martin, age 19 of John F. Kennedy Terrace, was arrested by the V.I. Police Department Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeremie St. Rose on Nov.10 on St. Croix.

According to V.I. Attorney General Denise George, was arraigned in Superior Court.

Martin was arrested Thursday morning.

The body of 19-year-old St. Rosie was found when the 911 emergency center received a call Nov 10 from a concerned citizen who reported a vehicle blocking the South Shore Road south of Sally’s Fancy, Route 624. A few minutes later a second caller reported a man down.

Police discovered the car in the road, with a male, lagter identified as Rose, leaning out of the driver’s door motionless and bleeding from the head. Emergency medical technicians arrived on scene and confirmed that the victim had no vital signs and appeared to have sustained a gunshot to the head.

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The Criminal Information, which is the formal charging document filed for prosecution of the case, charges Martin with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a fireman during the commission of a crime of violence, third-degree assault, possession or sale of ammunition, first-degree reckless endangerment, and discharging or aiming a firearm.

If convicted for first-degree murder, Martin faces imprisonment for the remainder of his/her natural life without parole. The other penalties are as follows:

– If convicted for first degree assault, he faces imprisonment not more than 15 years.
– For unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence its fine of $25,000 and imprisonment of not less than 15 years.
– For third-degree assault he faces a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $3,000 and imprisonment of not more than five years or both.
– For possession or sale of ammunition, Martin faces imprisonment of up to seven years or a fine of not more than $10,000 or both.
– For first-degree reckless endangerment, he faces imprisonment not exceeding five years.

– For discharging or aiming a firearm he faces imprisonment not exceeding five years.

Attorney General George said this arrest is an indication of the close working relationship between the V.I. Department of Justice and the V.I. Police Department.

“Both departments remain committed to presenting the legal and factual basis for a judge to issue warrants of arrest for those individuals who choose to terrorize our community.”

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