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Teen Charged in Robbery Incident at Havensight Mall’s Paradise Bistro

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ST. THOMAS — An 18-year-old high school student, Omaree Fontaine, faces serious legal challenges after being implicated in a robbery at Havensight Mall’s Paradise Bistro. This incident, captured on surveillance footage, shows Fontaine and at least one accomplice allegedly assaulting several individuals and stealing their jewelry.

The event took place on October 29. A few days later, one of the victims, a minor, reported the crime to the authorities, accompanied by an adult relative. The group of friends, including the minor, were confronted near the bistro by Fontaine and another individual, Nashai Francis, who has since been deceased. The altercation that followed resulted in the theft of jewelry from three victims, with Francis reportedly brandishing a firearm during the incident.

Fontaine was identified as a suspect through joint efforts of the Juvenile Justice Bureau, the School Security Bureau, and police investigators, utilizing surveillance footage. After a wanted poster was issued on December 19, Fontaine surrendered to the authorities the same night.

He now faces charges of 3rd-degree robbery, aiding and abetting, disturbing the peace, first and third-degree assault, and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime. Magistrate Paula Norkaitis affirmed these charges in a recent court hearing, setting Fontaine’s bail at $25,000, with a 10 percent cash requirement for release.

Upon his release, Fontaine must adhere to several conditions, including weekly check-ins with the probation office, continued school enrollment, and compliance with a nightly curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. He is also barred from leaving the district without court approval and must stay at least 100 feet away from the victim.

Fontaine’s next court date is set for January 19.

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