|| ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Carolyn Hermon-Purcell has ruled that sufficient evidence exists to sustain assault and weapons charges against Elio “Geraldo” Emilio Santana. Attorney General Claude Earl Walker recommended that his bail be kept at $75,000, which was granted by the court.
Santana, 44, of Pastory, St. John, appeared Wednesday morning before Magistrate Hermon-Purcell to be advised of his rights on charges of first-degree assault (intent to commit murder); brandishing, exhibiting or using a deadly weapon; using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence; and third-degree assault in relation to a shooting incident at Grunwald, St. John, on Jan. 1.
In making her request for maintaining the bail at $75,000, Assistant Attorney General Brenda Scales deemed Santana a flight risk as she highlighted his immigration status.
Determining that Santana is a risk of flight and a danger to the community, Magistrate Hermon-Purcell kept the bail at $50,000 and imposed a number of bail conditions, which include house arrest with electronic monitoring.
A probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Kira Browne states that the victim was outside his home talking with his mother when Santana drove up in a car, got out of the car with a gun in his hand and fired four shots at the victim. The victim managed to escape being shot by running through some nearby bushes, according to Det. Browne.
Santana is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 19 for his arraignment hearing, at which he will formally answer to the charges.