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Police confiscate 8 guns following fight @ USVI nightclub

Some of the firearms confiscated by the [US] Virgin Islands Police Department. Photo: VIC

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande had a clear message for violent criminals on July 5, 2016: Terrorise this island, and the [U.S.]Virgin Islands Police Department (V.I.P.D.) will come for you.

The chief’s comments, made during a brief press conference held at the V.I.P.D.’s Mars Hill headquarters in Frederiksted, St Croix, US Virgin Islands on Tuesday afternoon, followed an incident that occurred at the Chris Hideaway Nightclub near Five Corners at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday July 3, 2016 where a victim was attacked and beaten by twelve individuals, who then exited the nightclub and fired shots into the air after assaulting the victim.

Mr. McFarlande said police were alerted of the incident and immediately mobilised to search for four vehicles that were described to them. During the investigation, the vehicles were found in the parking lot of Sharky’s Bar and Restaurant in Gallows Bay.

The chief said the suspects were so brazen with their behaviour that even after firing shots into the air and knowing that police would be called, they did not go to their homes; they chose instead to head to another facility where innocent residents gather — with the illegal firearms.

“We found the vehicles, identified the vehicles. None of the individuals came to identify the vehicles, [but] through investigation and good police work, we were able to retrieve eight firearms from three different vehicles,” Mr. McFarlande said.

Newly appointed chief of police for the St. Croix district, Mr. McFarlande appeared pointed in his resolve to crush crime on this island; a desire he has shared in the past.

“I want to send a very clear message first to the community; to let the community know that your police department is actively involved in fighting and bringing some semblance of calm to your community. At the end of the day we all live here, this is our paradise and the police department is doing everything in its power to make sure that this community remains safe.

“And to the handful of individuals out there that insist on trying to terrorize this community, we know who you are. The police department is on the offense. That means we know who you are; we are coming to get you. We will no longer stand idly by and let you terrorize this community,” Mr. McFarlande said.

The chief said at least two of the four vehicles have been impounded by the force, and an investigation — including weapons test for evidence and to determine whether said weapons were involved in other criminal acts — is underway.

4 Responses to “Police confiscate 8 guns following fight @ USVI nightclub”

  • vex (06/07/2016, 18:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gun city deman
  • f lucas (07/07/2016, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the loudest ones are the weakest ones
    • karma (08/07/2016, 16:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @f lucas... In regards to your comment about being loud and weak, I am not sure if you are saying that McFarlane is just talking and that he is weak and nothing will be done. But just in case you are, hear this and hear this well. If you are a law abiding citizen let me assure you that Mac is NO JOKE! He will do what he says he will. The streets will be safer. If you happen to be one of these 'terrorist", your number has already been pulled and the hand writing is on the wall. I know him personally, he used to run the SRT/SWAT. He is a fair, respectful man as well as an officer. He should have and could have been chief looong time. What he bringing them bwoyz ain' ready fah. Trust me... he say he coming...he coming. Watch and see. Stay tuned...lots more to come
  • Reader (07/07/2016, 20:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a great achievement for the Police force and its head in St. Croix. I trust that persons here in our Territory will follow suit. Note that persons described the vehicles of the perpetrators, which was helpful in them being apprehended along with such a huge number of firearms. Its noted also that they are being tested for possible involvement in other crimes!

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