Male Minor Arrested in Frederiksted

A male minor was arrested Thursday afternoon in Frederiksted after police found him in possession of a stolen rifle, the V.I. Police Department reported.

At 2:17 p.m. Thursday, the 911 emergency call center received a notification of gunfire discharged near Spratt Hall.

Responding officers saw and stopped a young man riding a bicycle and saw the magazine for a .22 caliber rifle in his possession. A K-9 unit was summoned to the scene and was successful in locating a .22 caliber rifle.

According to police, the 17-year-old suspect, whose name was not released by police because of his age, admitted to having shot at the home and car of an individual he claimed owed him money.

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It was later discovered that the rifle had been stolen.

The minor was arrested and charged with grand larceny, possession of an unlicensed firearm and the discharging of gunfire.

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