2 men charged in car chase, collision with police

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ST. CROIX - Two men arrested Friday afternoon following a car chase and a collision with a marked police unit made their initial court appearances on weapons and traffic charges, but it still has not yet been determined whether they are the men responsible for an armed robbery at a William's Delight business close to an hour before they were arrested.

Castle Burke residents Calvin Lloyd, 31, and Shamal Reviere, who will turn 24 on Wednesday, appeared Monday before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan and were advised of their rights on the charge of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Reviere was additionally charged with reckless driving, overtaking on a hill, interfering with an officer discharging his duties, failure to signal and operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license stemming from the accident just before 2 p.m. Friday.

According to the police report written by V.I. Police Officer Haraldo Charles, he was on assignment in Castle Coakley just before 1 p.m. Friday when he heard an all-points bulletin on the police radio for a red Ford Fiesta that was involved in an armed robbery at EZ Tool Rentals in William's Delight.

About 1:30 p.m., Charles said he saw a red Ford Fiesta traveling westbound turn near the Red Cross building and proceed into the Castle Coakley residential area. He said he kept a safe distance behind the car as he radioed for back-up and as the car drove through the area, he noticed that the driver - now identified as Reviere - accelerated and was weaving in and out of oncoming traffic, passing other vehicles and running cars off the road as he drove.

Charles said he engaged his lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop and Reviere pulled over, but when he got out of the police vehicle, Reviere sped off from the area.

He said Reviere made two additional false stops before the final time when he sped off and went over a hill and collided with a marked police unit that was heading to the scene to offer assistance, according to the police report.

Charles said K-9 officers secured the vehicles and the occupants - Reviere and Lloyd - and one dog indicated the presence of a firearm inside the car.

Charles said upon a search of the vehicle, police found a .38-caliber handgun hidden under the seat of the vehicle and loosely wrapped in a green shirt.

Officers confiscated the weapon, and the two men and the officer involved in the collision were taken to Luis Hospital, where they were treated for injuries and subsequently released.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Monday that Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives and forensic technicians collected evidence from the vehicle and are investigating the case to determine whether it is related to the EZ Tool Rental robbery.

She said the investigation into the armed robbery is still ongoing, and a single gunman reportedly stole about $200 dollars from the owner.

Rames said based on the preliminary reports, a man wearing a green shirt and khaki pants and a black nylon cap over his face entered the business armed with a black handgun and threatened the owner, took money from her cash register and fled the store. No one was injured in the robbery.

During the release hearing Monday, both men were dressed in red Bureau of Corrections inmate uniforms and bound by handcuffs and leg irons as they came before the judge.

As Reviere came before the court to be advised of his rights and then for his release motion, he hobbled and was doubled over, holding his hands close to his abdomen. His face was distorted in pain, causing Gallivan to allow him to sit during the proceedings as the other defendants stood.

Bail was set at $25,000 for each of the men.

In Reviere's case, Assistant Public Defender Venetia Velasquez asked the court to allow his release to the third-party custody of his mother and allow them both to post just 10 percent of the bail and sign an unsecured bond for the remaining amount and that he be placed on a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew while the case is pending.

Assistant Attorney General Joseph Ponteen objected to the conditions, saying that Reviere recently had one case against him for drug possession dismissed and still had a pending case for reckless endangerment, firearm and related charges. He was arrested just hours after a wanted poster was issued for his arrest in September and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, unauthorized possession of a firearm and failure to report a firearm brought into the territory after a woman reported that he fired shots at a vehicle that she was in along with her father, brother and infant child.

In that case, Ponteen said Reviere's mother is serving as his custodian and he was placed on 24-hour house arrest without the use of an electronic monitoring device and he obviously violated the conditions by being on the streets Friday afternoon.

Lloyd had one prior arrest for aggravated assault and battery last November that was dismissed in January following a motion from his attorney saying that discovery rules had been violated and necessary evidence was not turned over. Gallivan said a motion for his release would be entertained at a later date when a custodian and other conditions are known by his attorney.

Both men remain jailed at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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