Two suspects, a 19-year-old and a 15-year-old minor, were arrested Sunday and charged with burglary after a home invasion earlier in the day in Estate Catherine’s Rest, the V.I. Police Department reported.
According to the police, at 1:07 p.m. Sunday officers responding to a report of a break in at Estate Catherine’s Rest met with the victim. He told them that while he was inside his home, a male with a black T-shirt over his face and carrying a hand-gun kicked in his screen door, aiming the gun at the resident.
A second male individual remained on the front porch.
Before fleeing the scene on foot with the other individual, the suspect fired a single gunshot inside the complainant’s home, the man said.
The complainant told police the suspect’s voice sounded very familiar and that he believed it was the son of his neighbor residing east of him.
Officers contacted the neighbor as he was leaving his home. The man told officers he would bring in his son to the Ancilmo D. Marshall Command once he located him. Moments later, officers were notified that the suspects had been seen in the neighbor’s pickup truck. Officers located the vehicle, and successfully detained 19-year-old Oronde Gumbs and a 15-year-old minor. The two were transported them to the Alcimo D. Marshall Command for further investigation.
Police said Gumbs and the minor were charged with first-degree-burglary. The minor was transported to the Youth Rehabilitation Center, pending his advice of right hearing. Unable to post bail, Gumbs was remanded to the Golden Grove Correctional Facility pending his advice of rights hearing.