Judge Tells Airport Defendant to Stick Around

Khaliem Tang-Yuk (VIPD photo)
Khaliem Tang-Yuk (VIPD photo)

Superior Court Magistrate Judge Carolyn Hermon-Purcell on Monday told Khaliem Tang-Yuk, a 20-year-old man arrested Saturday at Cyril E. King Airport, that there was enough evidence to uphold charges of illegal possession of ammunition.

The hearing took place via video screen. Hermon-Purcell ordered the defendant to remain in the territory, pending trial.

According to the V.I. Police Department, the arrest was made while Tang-Yuk was attempting to board a flight to Puerto Rico.

Shortly after the May 16 arrest, police spokesman Toby Derima said airport security agents reported the discovery of a loaded firearm magazine with ammunition in a bag owned by Tang-Yuk. That discovery led to the arrest, Derima said.

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The defendant told arresting officers he had no idea how the ammunition ended up in his bag, according to police.

After Monday’s advice of rights hearing Hermon-Purcell reduced Tang-Yuk’s $25,000 bail to $5,000 and allowed his release to a third-party custodian on an unsecured bond.

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