V.I. – A
police operation conducted in Bovoni Thursday led to the arrest of a 24-year-old
man on gun-related charges.
Freeman of New Tutu appeared before V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Carolyn
Hermon Percell on Friday morning following his arrest on Thursday. Based on the
probable cause fact sheet, Magistrate Hermon Percell determined that there was
sufficient evidence to support the charges of unauthorized possession of
firearm and unauthorized possession of ammunition.
deemed Freeman a danger to society, Magistrate Hermon Percell doubled his bail amount
to $50,000, allowed him to post ten percent and imposed a number of bail
conditions, which include house arrest. A
probable cause fact sheet filed by Officer Vernon Carr states that on Feb. 16
at approximately 4:15 p.m., a group of police officers was conducting an
initiative, “Italian Job,” in the area of Thomasville Housing Community. They
approached Freeman who was sitting inside a vehicle and asked him if there were
any firearms on him or inside the vehicle. Police instructed Freeman to step
out of the vehicle, but he hesitated, Carr wrote.
As Freeman turned, Carr saw
the holster and the butt of what was apparently a firearm. Freeman tried to
flee towards a nearby residence and after leading police on a short foot chase,
he was apprehended. During a search, police found a fully-loaded handgun tucked
into the front waistband of Freeman’s pants. A police search of the vehicle
also uncovered three .45-caliber magazines and a radio scanner inside the front
passenger compartment, according to Carr.
Freeman is scheduled to make his
second court appearance on Mar. 2 for his arraignment hearing, at which he will
formally enter a plea to the charges.