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Police Arrest Three in V.I. Crime Initiative

The V.I. Police Department arrested three men in the last week of August in what it calls “Operation 10-Day Rush,” part of the second phase of the V.I. Crime Initiative implemented by Commissioner Trevor Velinor in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The three arrests removed firearms and drugs from the streets, the VIPD said in a news release announcing the actions.

– On Aug. 24, officers arrested Shaquil James, age 24 of Bonne Esperance, charging him with possession of unlicensed firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. James was found in a vehicle in the parking lot of a business in Havensight with a backpack that contained a handgun with the serial number obliterated, police said.

– On Aug. 26, police arrested 37-year-old Kyambo Adams of Anna’s Retreat, charging him with possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Officers were conducting patrols in the Smith Bay area when they met Adams, who police said was found with a gun and a considerable amount of marijuana.

– Police arrested 49-year-old Lyndon Thompson on Aug. 29, and charged him with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Thompson. He was found with cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip thanks both Deputy Chiefs Richard Velazquez and Vivian Newton for their leadership and praised the men and women of the VIPS for their dedication to public safety. Phillip also encouraged the community to continue coming forward with tips.

“If you see, hear, or know something, please continue to say something,” Phillip said.

Residents can continue to anonymously call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS.) Calls that lead to the resolution of a case can qualify the caller for an anonymous cash reward.

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