Police accuse Clifton Hill man of holding woman in her home at gunpoint
Published: October 8, 2013
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ST. CROIX - A 21-year-old man who led police on a foot chase through the Peter's Rest neighborhood Friday morning was advised of his rights Monday on assault and related charges.
Carlton Walters of Clifton Hill was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping and brandishing a deadly weapon stemming from reports made to police Friday morning.
Walters appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho and was advised of his rights on the charges Monday and advised that if he is convicted of the charges against him he could be exposed to more than 25 years in prison.
According to the police report, a woman told police that she and Walters had been arguing at her Peter's Rest home and during the argument, he pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her and threatened to kill her children. She said the argument continued and every time she would try to leave the house, he would push her head down on the bed, not allowing her to get up or leave the house, the report stated.
The woman said he pushed her into the house every time she tried to leave. She said she stopped trying to leave and fell asleep during the night and early in the morning, she made up an excuse as to why she needed to leave the house to walk her children to the bus stop. At that time, she jumped into a taxi bus and went to the police station to report the incident.
When a responding officer arrived at the home, they said they made contact with Walters, who had a handgun in his possession and took off running away from the home and into the bushes, the report states.
According to residents in the usually quiet residential area, more than a dozen police officers responded to the incident, as police searched with officers and K-9s in the residential area. Residents reported seeing Walters jumping over fences, running through different properties and was ultimately appended by police, but they did not see a weapon when he was found.
On Monday, Camacho set Walters' bail at $15,000 and said he would allow the posting of 10 percent of the bail in cash or twice the amount in property. Camacho said Walters must be released to a third-party custodian and have no contact with the complaining witness in the case or leave the territory without written permission of the court.
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