Police arrest 2 men in connection with Tutu shooting that left 1 dead


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ST. THOMAS - Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of Kenroy Davis in the Tutu Hi-Rise housing community Tuesday.

The shooting also left a 17-year-old girl injured.

Akeel Owens, 21, and LaMar Richardson, 19, both residents of Tutu Hi-Rise, were arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder; second-degree murder; first-degree assault; third-degree assault; possession of a firearm during commission of a crime of violence; reckless endangerment; and aiding and abetting.

According to police, the two men were involved in an altercation with Davis before the shooting.

The V.I. Superior Court issued search and arrest warrants for Owens and Richardson, and Special Operations Bureau and patrol officers executed the warrants Thursday at each residence, according to the V.I. Police Department.

The warrants and police affidavits are under seal.

At Friday's advice-of-rights hearing before V.I. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay, the territorial public defender requested the warrants be unsealed. However, V.I. Assistant Attorney General Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte argued against it.

"There is a continued threat to individuals involved in this matter," she said.

The bail was set at $1 million, but Mackay withdrew bail and remanded the two men until Tuesday to give the prosecution time to determine if they will file motions seeking a detention hearing.

Mackay said regardless of the people's decision, the $1 million bail will be restored at the close of business Tuesday.

Police found Davis, 26, unresponsive with gunshot wounds to his body just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in a parking lot near Building 14.

The 17-year-old girl was nearby, shot in her lower back. She was taken by ambulance to Schneider Hospital for treatment.

Davis' death was the 11th homicide - including two vehicular homicides - in the territory this year.

While arrests have been made, Major Crime Detectives said the case is still under investigation and they are still seeking the community's assistance to get additional information on the incident.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 642-8449 or 911; call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477; or text USVI plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

Police said all information will be kept in the strictest confidence.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

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