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Fugitive Sought By VIPD Has Violent Past

Anyone who sees Arnold Malone should call 911 immediately, police said Saturday. (Photo courtesy of VIPD)

Anyone who sees Arnold Malone should call 911 immediately, police said Saturday, warning that the St. Thomas man who shot at police during a routine traffic stop in Altona Friday is considered armed and dangerous.

Arnold Alphonso Malone, 48, is Black, five-foot-four inches tall, and roughly 175 pounds. He sometimes wears rectangular glasses.

Malone has a long history of violence, often with the aid of a firearm.

Malone had been arrested on assault charges in March 2023 for an alleged September 2022 attack where he accosted a parked motorist. The victim told police he was sitting in his car when, for no apparent reason, Malone banged on the windshield and pointed a handgun at the motorist while talking to himself. The victim said Malone accused him of “talking about him with other people,” then walked away, but returned and pointed the firearm directly at his face, the report stated. The victim said Malone pointed the weapon at him three times.

In January 2020, Malone pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm for an Aug. 22, 2019 shooting incident where he shot up a business after bing denied entry, according to court records.

Malone faced a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment, a three-year term of supervised release and a fine of as much as $250,000. However, had the court determined he was an armed “career criminal,” he could have been sentenced to imprisonment from 15 years to life.

Prosecutors gave Malone a deal to plead guilty, however, where he would serve 33 months in prison and be placed on supervised release for three years.

Malone faced felony charges in Feb. 2, 2006 as well, but the nature of the crime was unclear as Virgin Islands Superior Court records online were incomplete.

In 2008, the Bureau of Corrections labeled Malone one of the territory’s most dangerous and “difficult to handle” prisoners. He and 97 others were flown from St. Croix’s Golden Grove to prisons in Virginia.

Despite being labeled too dangerous to be housed in St. Croix, Malone was up for parole on an attempted murder conviction in June 2017.

Police urged anyone with information on Malone’s whereabouts to call 911, CIB/Major Crime at 340-642-8449 or Crime Stoppers VI at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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