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Man Arrested on Warrant Found to be in Possession of a Firearm

December 12, 2010
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When police on St. Thomas executed an arrest warrant for Third Degree Assault on 26-year-old Mitchell Browne, they found him in possession of an unlicensed .40 caliber firearm and a fully loaded magazine.


The assault occurred in September near the Oswald Harris housing community basketball court. A 30-year-old male victim told police a suspect, later identified as Browne, fired shots at him from a distance. The victim was uninjured.


Investigation Bureau detectives issued an internal “Law Enforcement only” Wanted Poster for Browne. When members of the VIPD Intelligence Unit arrested Browne in the Red Hook area on the assault charge, they searched him and discovered the weapon and ammunition. Browne was arrested on Friday, December 10 at 9 a.m. and charged with Unauthorized Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and again at 11 a.m. on the Assault Charge.


Browne is a St. Croix native living in Estate Anna’s Retreat and his bail for the two charges totaled $70,000.


Mitchel Hodge, 50, was also arrested Friday around 1:55 p.m. and charged with Third Degree Assault, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Simple Assault and Disturbance of the Peace by Threats.


Police said while Hodge was driving his vehicle in the Subbase area, he followed a male driver, and forced him to stop his vehicle. Hodge approached the vehicle, reached inside and grabbed the driver by his shirt while accusing him of hitting his vehicle’s mirror. When the victim exited the vehicle to assess the alleged damage, Hodge brandished a pocket knife and threatened to stab him. The victim is in his 70s.


Police said there were no signs of vehicular damage. Hodge is a St. Thomas native residing in Estate Tutu. His bail was set at $35,500.


Both Browne and Hodge were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.

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