Man arrested, charged with firing shots while running through Castle Burke


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ST. CROIX - A bruised, boisterous, swearing Castle Burke man is in custody after neighbors told officers that he was running through the community firing a gun, according to police.

According to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Police Detective Antoinette Sergeant, officers responding to reports of shots fired in the Castle Burke area spotted Heribierto Ramos, 24, who had bruises about his face and body and was screaming obscenities, boisterously running through yards.

Police were unable to determine who Ramos was angry at and after talking with residents, they were told that Ramos was the person firing the shots.

When police went back to the area where they first encountered Ramos, Sergeant said they found a .38 caliber handgun and a pat down of Ramos revealed a .38 bullet in his pocket.

She said a number of spent shell casings were also discovered in the area, confirming residents' reports.

Ramos was then arrested.

Ramos appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho on Friday morning and was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of ammunition, possession of an unlicensed firearm and disturbance of the peace by threats.

Camacho advised Ramos that if convicted, he could face more than 15 years in prison.

During Friday's advise of rights hearing, assistant public defender Yolan Brow Ross asked the court to allow Ramos to be released on an unsecured $25,000 bond, the amount that bail had been set at.

Assistant Attorney General Zuleyma Chapman objected, asking the court to ensure at least 10 percent of the bail is secured and that Ramos be placed on 24-hour curfew with a GPS monitor in the event that he is released. Chapman said Ramos should also have a third-party custodian, other than his mother, who would be responsible for reporting any violations of his release conditions to the court.

"She is willing and wants to be his custodian in the case, but she said she is afraid of him and also afraid for his younger brother," Chapman stated.

Camacho deemed Ramos' mother unfit as a custodian and said that he had concerns because at 24 years old, Ramos seems to be out of control, with several arrests in just a few short years and with two additional cases pending against him.

Since 2009, shortly after he turned 18, Ramos has been arrested on charges that include destruction of property, first-degree burglary, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, interfering with an officer and contempt of court.

Camacho said a portion of the bail must be met, the custodian must be suitable and Ramos would then be put on a monitoring device before he is released from jail.

He remains jailed, unable to satisfy the bail conditions.

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

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