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  02/15/2017 Man Faces Robbery and Weapons Charges in Two Incidents  

ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A man who faces robbery and weapons charges in two separate, unrelated incidents had his bail reduced in both instances.

            Troy Etienne, 35, who gave police two different home addresses – Nordsidevej and Est. Dorothea – appeared before V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Carolyn Hermon Purcell on Wednesday to be advised of his rights on charges stemming from two robberies that occurred on Nov. 30, 2016 and Jan. 25.

            According to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Officer Alex Dorsett, a victim told police that on Nov. 30, 2016 at about 9:45 p.m., he was downstairs of his home by his mother’s vehicle when he was robbed at gunpoint. The victim said that a man ran up behind of him, pointed a gun at him and demanded that he hand over his jewelry and money. The victim gave the assailant his jewelry and money. As the bandit fled the scene with the jewelry priced at $6,700 and $400 in cash, he began to fire shots into the air as he ran hastily up towards the Nordsidevej hill area, Dorsett wrote.

The victim told police that based on video footage from his surveillance cameras, he was able to positively identify Etienne as the person who robbed him, according to Dorsett.

Police arrested Etienne on Feb. 14 and charged him with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, possession of an unlicensed firearm and illegal discharge of a firearm in connection with that crime. Unable to post a $135,000 bail, Etienne was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections.

Another victim told police that on Jan. 25 while he was at Lakes Chicken Fry in Smith Bay, Etienne walked up to him, they both began to argue, Etienne snatched a gold Gucci hand chain from the victim’s wrist and then drove away in a vehicle, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Shikima Rhymer.

Later, the victim saw Etienne and demanded back his property. Etienne then pointed a firearm towards the victim and told him to leave the area.  The victim complied in fear for his life and filed a police report, Rhymer wrote.

Police arrested Etienne on Feb. 14 on charges of third-degree robbery; third-degree assault; disturbance of the peace; possession of an unlicensed firearm; brandishing and exhibiting; and possession of a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence in connection with that offense. Unable to post a $126,500 bail, Etienne was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections.

Magistrate Hermon Purcell ruled that there was probable cause to move forward on the charges in both cases and reduced each of his bail amounts to $100,000, allowing him to post ten percent in cash or property bond.

Magistrate Hermon Purcell also ordered Etienne to abide by a number of bail conditions, which include a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. curfew.

Etienne returns to court on Mar. 2 for his arraignment hearing at which he will formally answer to the charges.


  Man faces robbery and weapons charges in two incidents.pdf