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St. Croix Man Found with Rifle

May 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 18 at approximately 11:21 p.m., police arrested Juan Garcia, age 59 of Tan Tan Terrace, and charged him with Carrying of Firearm Openly or Concealed and Possession of Ammunition.

Suspect
Juan Garcia

Detectives were conducting a traffic stop in the eastbound lane of the Melvin Evans Highway, in the vicinity of Home Depot, when a vehicle driven by Garcia collided into their unmarked police car. Garcia did not stop after the collision, and the detectives pulled him over in the vicinity of the Ricardo Richards Elementary School. The detectives observed a rifle in Garcia’s vehicle, and Garcia could not provide the detectives with a license for the firearm. He was placed under arrest as a result.

Bail for Garcia was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

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