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Unauthorized Firearm Incident Leads to Arrest in St. Croix Bar Conflict

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Mugshot of Richard Pagan Sr., provided by the Virgin Islands Police Department

At a bar in Christiansted, St. Croix, on March 27, a night out turned tense, resulting in the arrest of Richard Pagan Sr. following a confrontation. Authorities were alerted to the scene after receiving calls about a dispute. The incident took a serious turn when it was discovered that Pagan’s firearm license, issued in Florida, held no legal weight in the Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands Police Department’s investigation began when officers arrived at the bar to address the reported disturbance. There, they encountered Pagan and two Hispanic men, who were implicated by onlookers in the altercation. Although the other men were found to be unarmed after a search, they stated their presence at the bar was business-related, specifically to sell automotive parts.

Witness accounts revealed the situation escalated after Pagan allegedly became aggressive, drawing his firearm on the two men and insisting they leave. Pagan justified his actions by claiming he was defending the bar’s female bartender from harassment and potential threats from the men, who he believed had insinuated they had weapons in their vehicle.

The conflict intensified when Pagan recounted an attempt by one of the men to assault another bartender, which led him to intervene. According to Pagan, this intervention redirected the aggression towards him, culminating in a physical scuffle and threats of gun violence against him. In response, Pagan displayed his firearm, a black Springfield .45 caliber handgun, loaded with ammunition, which he claimed to have purchased from his son, a Superior Court Marshall.

The firearm, upon inspection by the police, was found to be a black Springfield .45 caliber handgun, loaded with six rounds. The discovery of Pagan’s Florida-issued license led to his arrest on charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm and ammunition in the Virgin Islands.

During his court appearance, Magistrate Yolan Brow-Ross affirmed the charges, setting Pagan’s bail at $50,000. A $1,000 cash bail was paid for his release until his trial, with the remaining amount secured as an unsecured bond. Richard Pagan Sr. is expected to return to court on April 17 for a further examination of the case’s details.

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Former Deputy Park Superintendent of St. Croix Sentenced for Property Conversion and Fraud

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ST. CROIX, VI – Gregory Camacho, 43, previously Deputy Park Superintendent for the National Park Service in St. Croix, received a sentence of nine months of home detention and four years of probation for unlawfully converting property, according to U.S. Attorney for the USVI, Delia L. Smith. The sentencing was handed down by District Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Thursday.

In addition to home detention and probation, Judge Lewis imposed a $6,000 fine and a special assessment of $75 on Camacho. He was also ordered to pay restitution amounting to $29,502.20 to the National Park Service.

According to court filings, Camacho, during his tenure as acting park superintendent from June 2019 to August 2020, occupied two housing units owned by the National Park Service without fulfilling rental payments, causing a loss of $14,192.10. In another instance in July 2019, Camacho deceitfully claimed relocation expenses for his family’s move from Titusville, FL, to St. Croix, even though he moved alone. This action led to unjust reimbursements totaling $13,387.50.

Furthermore, between October 2018 and September 2019, Camacho was found to have submitted overlapping travel vouchers for the same trips from his primary duty station, resulting in an additional $1,922.50 in improper gains.

These findings were brought to light through an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with the case prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

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Daylight Assault in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A distressing incident unfolded on St. Thomas when a man suffered injuries in a daylight assault in Simmonds Alley, according to a statement from the V.I. Police Department. The attack occurred on Wednesday around 12:15 p.m.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about a man found bleeding from the neck near the Jala Jala establishment on Kronprindsens Gade. Responding officers discovered the victim with a severe laceration on the left side of his neck, believed to be the result of the assault.

Despite the seriousness of his injuries, the victim refrained from providing a statement to law enforcement at the scene. He was quickly transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau has taken charge of the investigation and is urging the public to assist by providing any relevant information. Individuals can contact the CIB at (340) 774-2211 or call 911. For those preferring to stay anonymous, tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers USVI by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Six Arrests Made in St. Thomas Drug Trafficking Crackdown

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ST. THOMAS — A targeted joint operation by the Virgin Islands Police Department, alongside the Drug Enforcement Agency and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, resulted in the arrest of six men accused of drug-related crimes in the Red Hook area, a noted hub for illegal narcotics activity.

Throughout February, these coordinated efforts focused on dismantling drug trafficking networks, culminating in several key arrests:

  • N’Kel Morton, 30, was taken into custody at Red Hook Plaza on March 8, 2024, facing charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
  • On March 7, 2024, Jaamal Bell, 42, was arrested at American Yacht Harbor, charged with intent to distribute narcotics.
  • Peter Francis Jr., 33, encountered the same fate at the same location, on identical charges.
  • Anwar Lockhart, 40, was arrested on March 15, 2024, on Cassi Hill for cocaine distribution.
  • Niah Henry, 35, was apprehended on March 16, 2024, at Red Hook Plaza, with charges similar to Morton’s.
  • Kenson Plasimond, 43, was arrested on March 7, 2024, at Tutu Park Mall, also charged with possession with intent to distribute.

These arrests signify a continued commitment by local and federal law enforcement to curb the flow of illegal drugs in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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