Man accused of pulling gun on father, son at Cost-U-Less
Published: April 8, 2014
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ST. THOMAS - V.I. Police arrested a man who is accused of pulling his gun on another man in the middle of Cost-U-Less on St. Thomas on Saturday morning.
Gurvin Alexander Samuel, 59, of Estate Nadir is facing charges of brandishing or exhibiting a deadly weapon and disturbing the peace. He was advised of his rights Monday morning before Magistrate Henry Carr in V.I. Superior Court before posting a 10 percent bond for his $1,000 bail.
According to police, Samuel approached another man who was with his son shopping at about 10 a.m. Saturday. The man told police that he and his son were looking to buy pork chops for their Sunday dinner when he noticed Samuel walking toward him.
It was unclear based on the man's account whether he and Samuel know each other, nor is it clear when Samuel is said to have pulled his handgun on the man. Samuel had a license for the gun, according to court documents.
"He said today it's either him or me is going to die," the man told police of Samuel's statement to him during the incident.
The man said he tried to block Samuel from getting near his son by pushing his cart between his son and Samuel. Samuel's anger began to escalate, the man told police, and he kept trying to get around the cart.
The man handed his son over to an employee of the store, he told police, while telling Samuel that he should not threaten him in front of his son. A retired police officer then intervened, telling Samuel to leave.
Customers were scared, and were on the floor, according to witnesses who received calls from people calling from inside the grocery store. Cost-U-Less officials declined to comment about how they handled the incident.
V.I. Police reported that the man then walked away from Samuel, and Samuel left in a vehicle.
Police tracked Samuel down as he was driving along Weymouth Rhymer Highway, and they told him to drive to the nearest police substation.
Police also told the man who was with his son to go to the substation so that they both could make statements.
- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.