St. Croix man arrested after woman says he tried to run her over with car


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ST. CROIX - A 34-year old man remains jailed unable to post $250,000 bail after a woman reported that he tried to kill her.

Marcus James, of Estate Sion Hill appeared before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan on Friday morning to be advised of his rights on charges of first-degree assault; third-degree assault; second-degree assault; unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime; failure to report a firearm brought into the territory; and possession of ammunition.

He was arrested Thursday afternoon following an incident reported to police Wednesday.

According to a report written by V.I. Police Officer Moses Francis, a woman said that she had broken off a relationship with James because of abuse and he began harassing her on her cell phone for a period of several days.

She said he called on Wednesday and said that he wanted to talk with her, and when she went to meet him they drove to Spyglass Hill to talk.

The woman said the conversation gradually turned into an argument and escalated when James began threatening her with exposing explicit pictures of her on social media and at her job site.

According to Francis, the woman said they argued and at that time he put on a pair of gloves and told her that he was her worst nightmare and he was going to kill her.

She told police he took out a small black stun gun and test sparked it close to her face and taunted her by repeatedly igniting the stun gun.

She said that she told him she wanted to go home and that he became enraged and grabbed her by her throat and squeezed until she could not breathe.

She said he held her throat with one hand and punched her repeatedly in the head with his free hand, then moved his hand from her throat and covered her mouth and nose, in an attempt to suffocate her, according to Francis' report.

She said she fought until she freed herself from the hold and managed to open the door of the car, but James then pulled a small black-and-chrome gun from his bag and threatened to shoot her.

The woman said he pressed the gun against her head and cocked it, and she thought she was going to die, so she jumped from the car and began running to a home in the area, hoping that someone would help her.

Francis said the woman told police that she fell as she ran, and James tried to run her over with the car, but missed. A nearby homeowner heard her screams and turned on the outside light, and James drove away in her vehicle, according to Francis' report.

Francis said when the woman came to police she had a split lip, bruises on her arms and legs, her face was swollen and sore and she had contusions on her neck.

The woman said she is in fear for her life and the lives of her children and her mother because James is a former professional boxer and is armed.

Police located James, who declined to make a statement, other than to say that he did not hit the woman, according to Francis' report.

No bail initially was set because the crime is one of domestic violence.

At Friday's hearing, Assistant Public Defender Nesha Christian-Hendrickson asked that bail be set at $15,000 and that James be allowed to post 10 percent of the bail.

Assistant Attorney General Kip Roberson told the court that because of the nature of the charges and the threat on the woman's life, bail should be set at $250,000.

Gallivan agreed and set bail at $250,000 and said James could post 10 percent in cash or twice the amount in property to secure his release.

He remains jailed unable to do so.

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

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