Man rearrested in murder of Soto Town store owner


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ST. THOMAS - After a murder case was dismissed in January for issues relating to the witnesses, the man initially arrested is facing murder charges again in connection with the shooting and death of a Pakistani store owner more than a year ago.

V.I. police arrested Errol Nisbett Jr., 28, first in June 2013, and again Friday evening in connection with the death of 33-year-old Ali Yanes, who was gunned down outside of his store, the Soto Mini Mart, about 10 p.m. July 15, 2012.

V.I. police again charged Nisbett, of Contant, with the same charges he faced upon his initial arrest after several witnesses told police that they saw Nisbett before, during and after the crime.

He faced charges of first- and second-degree murder; first- and third-degree assault; reckless endangerment; and unauthorized possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

During the initial investigation, police and prosecutors had difficulty getting witnesses to cooperate, and prosecutors dismissed the charges.

In the affidavit pertaining to the new charges, all of the witnesses are anonymous.

Nisbett was seen lurking around the store, wearing all black, several hours before the shooting, based on witness statements in the probable cause affidavit.

One person saw a man dressed in black run up to Yanes and start shooting at him just as Yanes was closing the store and then walking to a car.

The witness saw Yanes fall and then saw the man in black disappear down the road and into a yard, at which point the witness, who knew Yanes, tried calling for help.

Another witness identified "Bugsy," one of Nisbett's nicknames, as being near the store at the time of the incident.

The witness, just after seeing Nisbett near the store, went into his or her residence, also near the store, and then later heard someone shouting, "No, no, no," just before hearing gunshots.

The latter witness said they heard that Nisbett and Yanes' brother had an argument about the brother's "business phone" about a month-and-a-half prior.

Another witness described hearing six to seven shots fired. V.I. Police detectives said they found eight bullet casings at the scene of the crime.

Nisbett's bail on the new charges was set at $500,000.

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

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