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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of the Virgin Islands
For Immediate Release
Gretchen C.F. Shappert, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-vi
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Third Man Arrested with Illegally Possessing Firearms in Hospital Ground Area of St. Thomas

St. Thomas, USVI – United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced that fugitive Nijohntea Walker was arrested Friday afternoon by special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A complaint was previously filed against Walker on April 30, 2020 for Possession of a Firearm within a school zone and Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm within the Territory of the Virgin Islands. Walker remained at large until Friday, May 22, 2020.

According to the affidavit filed in this case, on April 8, 2020 a video from a home surveillance camera located in the Hospital Grounds area of St. Thomas captured Walker climbing over a railing and onto a patio in view of the camera recording the video. Walker was in possession of a pistol which he proceeded to hide at the residence and returned later to retrieve it. The Memorial Moravian Elementary School is located within 1000 feet of the residence where the video surveillance was recorded. Walker does not have a license to carry firearms within the Territory of the Virgin Islands.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Virgin Islands Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kyle Payne, Juan Albino, and Everard Potter.

A complaint is merely a charging document, and it is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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