ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A report of shots fired Thursday resulted in the
confiscation of two weapons and the arrest of Hector Castano Estrella, Jr., on
weapon and ammunition charges.
took Estrella, 35, of Plantation Manor, into custody and charged him with one
count each of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition
stemming from a shooting incident in the area of Altona & Welgunst Thursday
Estrella’s advice-of-rights hearing Friday morning, V.I. Superior Court
Magistrate Henry Carr III found probable cause to sustain the charges.
Magistrate Carr maintained Estrella’s bail at $35,000, allowed him to be
released on posting ten percent into the third-party custody of his mother and
ordered him to abide by a number of court-imposed bail conditions.
probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Alex Dorsett in support of Estrella’s
arrest provides the following details:
responded to a report of shots being fired in the Altona & Welgunst area.
Upon the police units’ arrival to the scene, several spent casings were
discovered in the roadway. Police officers spoke to several persons in the area
who stated that they heard the shots, but did not see who fired them. As officers
were canvassing the area, they saw a vehicle parked in a driveway. While
inspecting the vehicle, officers saw a rifle magazine clip on the front
officers looked further into the vehicle, according to Dorsett, they saw a
small black firearm and what appeared to be a rifle wrapped inside a brown
towel lying on the floor. Police learnt that the vehicle belonged to Estrella,
who had fled the scene in another vehicle. Police towed away the vehicle and
took it into custody.
during a police interview, according to Dorsett, Estrella admitted to being
involved in a shootout in the area. He told police that he was talking with his
wife when a vehicle drove up and two or three persons from inside the vehicle
began firing shots at him. Estrella told police he pulled out his firearm from
his waist and returned fire, while running for cover. Footage from a
surveillance camera corroborated Estrella’s statement.
arraignment, at which he will formally answer to the charges, is slated for