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  02/17/2017 Police Confiscate Illegal Firearm During Initiative  

ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A police operation conducted in Bovoni Thursday led to the arrest of a 24-year-old man on gun-related charges.

            Shakieme 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.

            Having 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.


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