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Robber's gun malfunctions during robbery attempt in USVI

Lee Christian faces more than twenty charges including attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, aiding and abetting, assault and reckless endangerment. Photo: VIPD

CRUZ BAY, St John, USVI— A man has been arrested on a long list of criminal charges following an attempted robbery on St John, US Virgin Islands.

Lee Christian faces more than twenty charges including attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, aiding and abetting, assault and reckless endangerment.

According to police, officers were dispatched to a bar in Cruz Bay St. John just after midnight on Tuesday. Employees of the business told police that they had closed the gates and went to put away the money when two masked men entered from the beach. According to one of the workers, one of the suspects put a gun in his face and pulled the trigger twice but the weapon jammed. One of the other staff members then grabbed the gun and wrestled both suspects for it.

The second suspect then ran out of the building and one of the employees followed him while the other two continued to fight the first suspect. They were eventually able to get the gun away from him and pulled his mask off while they held him down. At that point, one of the employees recognised the suspect and asked him what he was doing. The employee reportedly told the intruder that he knew him and his family. The suspect then ran out of the business but returned to ask for his weapon. The men did not return the weapon to him and he exited the business once more. 

Police later discovered that the handgun contained a seventeen-round magazine with fifteen 9mm bullets. They also reviewed surveillance footage of the incident which showed the two masked men entering the enclosed bar area. The footage depicted one of the suspects pointing the firearm at the victim and pulling the trigger multiple times. Police noted that based on the video, the weapon appeared to have malfunctioned. Officers also viewed footage of the bar staff engaged in an altercation with the intruders before they were able to retrieve the weapon and secure it. The footage showed the victims releasing suspect one who then fled the business but returned minutes later only to leave again after a brief verbal confrontation.

Police were able to identify suspect one as Lee Christian and a wanted poster was issued. Christian reportedly surrendered himself to police later that day and he was arrested and charged with several offenses.

At the time, bail was set at $500,000. When he appeared before a judge on Wednesday, he was informed that he would be released upon the posting of 20 percent of the initial bail figure. As a condition of his release, Christian must provide the court with a suitable third-party custodian. If he is able to post bail he will be placed on 24-hour house arrest.

The defendant has been ordered to maintain a minimum distance of 50 feet from the bar in question and is prohibited from having any form of contact with the employees who intercepted the robbery attempt.

16 Responses to “Robber's gun malfunctions during robbery attempt in USVI”

  • Well Well (25/08/2022, 16:37) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    the devil himself. These young men simply don't want to earn a living. they prefer to deprive hard working individuals of their income or earnings.
  • one eye (25/08/2022, 16:52) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    The store Obeah strong
  • Well (25/08/2022, 17:07) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    • .... (26/08/2022, 00:03) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
      he tuff he come back and ask for the gun wtf..u just try squeeze and it jam now u want it back...sure the safety was on 17 rounds and it jam dont sound right...check the safety my youth
      • Peter (26/08/2022, 14:59) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ ...., so you are telling him how to work the gun to kill people? You should be first you moron!
  • tt (25/08/2022, 20:47) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well then need to give their life to God
  • mercy (25/08/2022, 21:44) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Imagine, he pulled that trigger on that person multiple times?! A charge of attempted murder needs to be thrown at him. That is plain evil.

    I guess realizing who the person was, put a level of hurt behind the shock and fear of the crime. Nevertheless, that person needs therapy; take it please.
  • Only Jesus (25/08/2022, 21:53) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    When the devil has plans but God says no. That person has another chance to live for God, I pray they do.
  • it jammed because (25/08/2022, 22:30) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    The lord had it so
  • Peter (26/08/2022, 00:51) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply

    These BASTARDS came with the intent of killing the workers. The gun jammed thank goodness. They should have beat his @## so bad, that he wouldn't be able to walk or talk again because he came to kill them. They both need to go to prison for 20 years. Lazy good for nothing punks don't want to work for a living, just take take take. Yes, I agree with Well, they should have taken them out so they never would come back again. I really HATE these low-life SCUM.

  • Norris Turnbull (26/08/2022, 05:50) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    These young men need to calculate the future cost of their actions and choices. Try not to act before you think. God help them.
  • The TRUTH (26/08/2022, 08:19) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I woulda stomp his brain out. POS
  • Trim that Rasta (26/08/2022, 10:27) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hey Rasta bwoy you see a casket that you like
    • jack (26/08/2022, 10:54) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is not a rasta. True Rastas don't exhibit that type of behaviour. That's a hairstyle for him. He is a first class criminal. He walked into that establishment with intent to kill for what he wanted. The people might have had a few hundred dollars because businesses no longer keep wards of cash at hand. It pain me to know that they let him walk out of that business.
  • NezRez (26/08/2022, 14:56) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Then the idiot had the nerve to ask for his gun back. You can't make this up folks. Dumb and Dumber. They should have pistol-whipped their behinds.
  • GB (27/08/2022, 13:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This was miraculous. They’re blessed but almost wasted the blessings. Now what if after letting him go he came back with another weapon.

    If anyone is ever in a dangerous situation and manage to get the upper hand then show no mercy quickly and fully incapacitate the aggressor.

    This year a martial arts champ took down a aggressive man at a bar and let him go. The man then shot the champ in the head leaving him brain dead.

    This robber should have got his teeth kicked in and be off to jail in a wheelchair no way he’d ever run up on anyone again without spinal surgery after pulling the trigger several times.

    Attempted murder and they let him go in good shape to argue for his gun back?!

    Let’s not be fools good people no mercy in that situation.

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