Traffic Stop Yields Four Arrest

A routine traffic stop last week resulted in the arrest of four people and the seizure of one firearm, the V.I. Police Department reported.

According to police, at 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 22, a patrol officer observed a silver sedan driving straight across the intersection at Melvin H. Evans Highway and Hope Road, heading north towards the Home Depot. The officer stopped the car in the road leading to the Home Depot parking lot for failing to follow a posted sign.

The police report said the officer discovered that the driver, Joshua “Mongo” Cepeda did not have a driver’s license.

While placing Cepeda under arrest for not having any driver’s license, the officer said a gun barrel was seen protruding from under the front seat. He called for other units and all the occupants in the vehicle were arrested, since no one claimed the weapon.

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The four arrested are Cepeda, 22, Niko Moore, 27, Jameel Neem Burke, 25, and Carl Nicholas Decicco, 31. All were all charged with unauthorized possession of firearm.

The weapon recovered was a .40 caliber Glock Model 22.

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