Judge deems St. Thomas man charged in carjacking a flight risk


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ST. THOMAS - An 18-year-old is facing federal charges after accusations that he stole a person's scooter and other belongings at gunpoint in November last year.

Troy Normil, of St. Thomas, appeared in District Court on Tuesday after authorities arrested him on March 20 and charged him with carjacking, according to a prepared statement issued Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller determined in court that Normil is a flight risk and a danger to the community and ordered that he be detained pending trial. No trial date has yet been scheduled.

Normil and another individual, who is not named in the criminal complaint, were accused of first blocking the way of a person who was riding their a scooter up Suicide Hill on St. Thomas about 12:15 a.m. on Nov. 23, the criminal complaint said.

When the victim stopped on his scooter because the SUV was blocking the way, Normil demanded money. When the victim stated that he had none, Normil, who brandished a black handgun, and his accomplice then stole the victim's cellular telephone and his Honda Elite Scooter, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Normil took the scooter and drove away with it, while the second man, who was wearing a bandana across his face, got back into the SUV and drove away, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In the criminal complaint filed with the federal court, the victim said that he was able to identify Normil, who the victim called the "brains of the operation," but not the second man involved.

V.I. Police did, however, arrest Normil in December alongside another suspect, Moses Laronde Jr., 19. The status of Laronde's case is unclear.

Additionally, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent Steven Waters, who wrote the criminal complaint, referred to Normil's accomplice by the initials O.W. in the criminal complaint.

If convicted of the carjacking offense, Normil faces up to 15 years in federal prison.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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