V.I. Attorney General Denise George announced formal criminal charges filed and the arrest of Mario Magras of St. Croix, Wednesday. The office of the Attorney General reportedly filed a ten-count Information against Magras including 1st-degree attempted murder, 1st-degree assault, mayhem, unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, discharging or aiming firearms, 1st-degree reckless endangerment, and unauthorized possession of ammunition.
Magras was advised of his rights today in V.I. Superior Court on St. Croix, at which time the Court found probable cause for the arrest. The court set his bail $100,000.00 with permission to post 10 percent and ordered an unmonitored 24-hour house arrest, except for work.
According to an affidavit, police officers were dispatched to a discharging of shots in the David Hamilton Jackson Terrace Housing Community on Sept. 6, 2019. Four victims were shot and sought medical attention. Police reportedly processed the scene of the crime, including a 4-door gray Acura TSX vehicle and weapons among other items. A DNA warrant was signed and issued for DNA swabs which officials say revealed that Magras cannot be excluded as a contributor of the items that were listed and swabbed from the vehicle.
Police say Magras is allegedly implicated in several murders on the island and has a prior case open. Superior Court Judge Donohue ruled that the terms of his pretrial order, in that case, will remain in place.