Court security officer arrested on domestic violence charges
Published: August 22, 2013
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ST. CROIX - A District Court security officer working at Almeric Christian Federal Building made an initial court appearance Wednesday morning after being arrested on domestic violence charges.
Gary Evans, 47, of Estate La Reine was arrested at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault and battery and destruction of property.
However, during his advice-of-rights hearing, Assistant Attorney General Tanya Saafir said that Evans had been incorrectly charged and asked the court to dismiss the aggravated assault and battery and the destruction of property charges.
V.I. Superior Court Judge Miguel Camacho then advised Evans that if he is tried and convicted on the domestic violence charge he could be sent to jail for a period of six months.
According to a police report filed by V.I. Police Officer Danisha Samuel, police were called to an Estate La Reine apartment just after 2 a.m. and when they arrived, a man, now identified as Evans came outside and when police asked if someone at the house needed police assistance, he said no and went back into the house.
Samuel said at that point, a woman came through a side door of the home, crying hysterically and saying that Evans had assaulted her.
Samuel said Evans then walked back out of the house with a towel to the side of his face and said that the woman had attacked him, but he did not need any medical attention.
Samuel said the woman had bruises to her face and chest and said Evans had punched her several times on her head and face.
The woman told police that she and Evans had argued earlier in the night and she walked away and went to bed.
She said that later that night, Evans came into the room where she was sleeping and unplugged the lamp and the telephone and was searching around the room, according to Samuel's report.
The woman said she got up from the bed, and when Evans got to where she was standing, he pushed her and punched her and she threatened to hit him with the lamp, according to the report.
The woman told police that Evans grabbed the lamp from her, punched her in her arm, squeezed her and punched her in her face and head until she got away and called police.
Samuel said the woman had injuries to the right side of her face, her right arm was swollen with bruises and she had scratches on her chest. She said the phone jack in the kitchen was torn from the wall and was on the floor.
Evans had no visible injuries, according to Samuel's report.
Bail had been set at $1,000, and Camacho released Evans on his own recognizance shortly after the arrest.
Under the V.I. Code, no one charged with a domestic violence offense is allowed to carry a firearm while the case is pending and must surrender their weapons. Anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime can not obtain a firearm license, which would affect Evan's job as an armed security officer at the court.
Before allowing Evans to leave the courtroom, Camacho was stern when he told Evans that if he contacts the woman personally or by any other means, he could face revocation of his release conditions and be sent to jail while the case is pending.
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