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Fugitive Back on St. Croix To Face Charges
December 9, 2008
Six years after fleeing from Virgin Island police, fugitive Shaun Gerard has returned to St. Croix to face a charge of Assault in the First Degree.
Gerard, 29, was extradited from Virginia after serving time for an offence he committed in that state. On December 7 VIPD detectives traveled to Virginia, took Gerard into the custody and brought him back to the Virgin Islands. They arrived at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Gerard was wanted by the VIPD after the Criminal Investigation Detectives conducted an investigation and identified him as the person who shot another individual on December 17, 2002. According to the Investigation Bureau, at about 9:50 a.m. Gerard stopped a vehicle which was traveling in the vicinity of the North Shore road and Salt River Road.
Gerard then grabbed the gold chain from the drivers’ neck and shot him before fleeing the scene. The then 33-year-old victim underwent surgery for a gunshot injury to his upper left arm. The victim was paralyzed as a result of the shooting.
Shortly after the incident, police attempted to execute an arrest warrant on Gerard, but Gerard fled his Mon Bijou home and subsequently left the island. Police entered the arrest warrant into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Virginia police contacted the VIPD this summer and advised detectives that Gerard was in custody there for an unrelated offence in that state and began the extradition process.
Gerard will appear at an advise-of-right hearing on December 10.