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3 arrested for possession of handguns & AK-47 in USVI

From left: Akil Smith, Kisho Atiba Gumbs, and Jaleem A. Charles have been arrested for alleged gun possession. Photo: VIC

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — A [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) operation conducted over the weekend on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) led to the arrests of three young men on weapons charges, VIPD Media Specialist Sakeeda Freeman, and the VI Department of Justice announced in separate press releases Tuesday December 7, 2016.

Akil Smith, 24, of Estate Tutu, Kisho Atiba Gumbs, 24, of Paul M. Pearson Garden housing community and Jaleem A. Charles, 28, of Estate Tutu appeared before V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Henry Carr III Tuesday morning following their arrests in the pre-dawn hours of Monday. Based on the probable cause fact sheet, Magistrate Carr determined that there was sufficient evidence to support the charges of constructive possession of a firearm for each of the men. Smith faces an additional charge of possession of ammunition.

Attorney General Claude Earl Walker recommended a $200,000 bail for Smith, which the court granted. In her request for bail, Assistant Attorney General Natasha Baker described Smith as an “extreme danger to the community,” stating that he has another firearms case, which is still pending. AAG Baker told the court that Smith had been arrested in November 2015 on suspicion that he had been engaged in a gun battle at Krush Nightclub and when police intercepted him on Veteran’s Drive, he had two handguns and a police radio. To further boost her bail request, AAG Baker pointed out that at the time Smith was arrested, he was in violation of his bail conditions, which included a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Magistrate Carr increased Smith’s bail from $135,000 to $200,000 and imposed a number of bail conditions, which include 24-hour house arrest with electronic monitoring and asked him to provide suitable third-party custodians before he can be released from custody.

Bail for Gumbs and Charles was reduced from $135,000 to $25,000 and they were each allowed to be released on posting 10 percent. Both men also have to abide by a number of court-imposed bail conditions, which include 24-hour house arrest and curfews – a 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. curfew and a 6 P.M. to 6 A.M. curfew for Gumbs and Charles, respectively. Gumbs was also ordered to surrender his passport.

According to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Denley Williams, on Dec. 26 at approximately 3:45 A.M., officers of the Special Operation Bureau of Operation Make It Safe II were conducting a traffic check point in the area of Sub Base Road. They stopped a car that Gumbs was driving; Smith and Charles were both passengers in that car, according to Williams.

An inspection of the inside of the car revealed four firearms – a black handgun underneath the rear of the right front passenger seat, another handgun tucked under the front portion of the front right passenger seat, a third handgun in the vehicle’s glove box and an AK-47 rifle on the back rest of the third row seat – according to Williams.

The three men are scheduled to make their second court appearance on January 12, 2017, for their arraignment hearing, at which they each will formally answer to the charges.

The V.I.P.D. is asking anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of suspects to contact the force at (340) 774-2211, or Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801. You can also contact 911 or Crime Stoppers USVI, where your tip may net you a payday.

9 Responses to “3 arrested for possession of handguns & AK-47 in USVI”

  • rock city (28/12/2016, 09:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    AKA 47 wow the streets are hot
    • the rock (29/12/2016, 06:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      St Thomas court system is a joke when u compare it to the BVI, wow this is shocking!
  • system (28/12/2016, 10:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The court system is f****ing joke, making police work so hard then to put these criminals right immediately back on the streets, like they ain't have access to more guns, just stupid, but when these criminals hit them direct they would know then how to take the court system more serious
  • just asking.. (28/12/2016, 12:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any of them from Tola?
  • ccc (28/12/2016, 14:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Half them gun heading on the streets of tortola
  • Afu (28/12/2016, 19:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give de 3-dem an ass cuttin for life.
  • Hmm (29/12/2016, 16:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    don't be foolish tola people. don't forget America sell guns tortola dont
  • Huh! (29/12/2016, 19:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! All the blame goes to America for selling guns. Since to you if that's the case, then why are the Tortola people smuggling them into Tortola. The fault strictly lies on the Tortola people for GOING TO AMERICA to smuggle them in. Tola' people should use their head, and not smuggle them in here. This is what the w#!+e man wants us to do. Use guns to kill each other.
    • rock city (03/01/2017, 08:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      "This is what the w#!+e man wants us to do. Use guns to kill each other"

      Really? If this is true then the w#!+e man is a fool. They and their families are also being killed and terrorized by "us" using the same guns.

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