Police arrest 2 men hiding in pond after car chase


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Police on St. Thomas arrested two men Thursday after they led officers on a high speed chase and tried to elude capture by hiding in a pond.

Police arrested Moses Laronde Jr., 19, and Troy Jameson Normil, 18, Thursday early morning.

Laronde is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle; possession of stolen property; grand larceny; destruction of property; reckless driving; and reckless endangerment, and his bail was set at $67,000.

Normil is charged with possession of stolen property; aiding and abetting; and resisting arrest. Police records did not indicate whether bail was set for Normil.

Laronde led V.I. Police Officer Latoya Schneider on a high-speed chase, after she identified the vehicle he was driving, and in which Normil was a passenger, as stolen, according to her probable cause fact sheet.

The vehicle barreled through a neighborhood in Mariendal, before the men jumped out of the vehicle, which rolled down a hill. V.I. Police K-9s tracked the two men to a pond, where they were seen diving into the water. The two men surrendered when officers threatened to release the dogs.

Police said Laronde admitted that he stole the vehicle he was driving from the area of Smith Bay.

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A St. Thomas man was arrested Thursday in connection with a first-degree robbery last year on Valentine's Day.

Shawn Freeman, 23, was charged with first-degree robbery; third-degree assault; and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a third-degree assault.

Freeman is accused of robbing a woman that he knew on the morning of Feb. 14, 2012.

Police said Freeman pointed a gun in the woman's face, demanded her gold necklace and struck her in the nose with the gun.

Freeman then grabbed the necklace and her gold bracelet, which were valued at $1,800, police said.

Freeman is in the custody of the V.I. Bureau of Corrections.

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V.I. police arrested a fugitive from Florida at King Airport on Thursday.

Donna Griffin Farely, 54, is wanted in Broward County, Fla., for violating the terms of her probation 10 times, police said.

The probation violations stem from a 1998 conviction for possession of cocaine and diazepam, a tranquilizing drug.

Farely was taken into custody and is awaiting extradition to Florida.

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