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21-Year-Old Man Faces 4 Counts of Attempted Murder 1st Degree and Multiple Assault Charges, Including Illegal Gun Possession

St. Thomas, USVI - On October 12, 2022, Deputy Marshals from the Superior Court attempted to serve a bench warrant around 4:07p.m., at Estate Solberg, the residence of Dorian Hariston. While attempting to serve the warrant, Hariston opened fire on the Deputies and barricaded himself in his residence.

Hariston was taken into custody without incident after a short standoff with Local and Federal law enforcement officers after he attempted to flee his residence.

Dorian Hariston

On October 21, 2022, Mr. Hariston, who was already in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, was arrested and charged with:

  • Attempted Murder 1st Degree (4 Counts),
  • Attempted Murder 2nd Degree (4 Counts)
  • Assault 1st Degree (4 Counts)
  • Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence
  • Assault 3rd Degree (4 Counts)
  • Illegal Discharge of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence
  • Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
  • Aggravated Assault & Battery
  • Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition
  • Registration of Firearms Upon Purchase from Dealers;
  • Registration of Firearms transferred From Non-Dealer
  • Contempt of Court
  • Interfering with Officers Discharging His Duty
  • Destruction of Property
  • Disturbance of the Peace

The above listed charges are for what occurred on October 12, 2022, when the Marshal’s attempted to serve the bench warrant. Dorian Hariston 21-years-old, bail was set at $500,000.

He was remanded back to the Bureau of corrections.

This case is still presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ex. 5576/5572, 911, or Crime Stoppers V.I. at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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