St. Croix man faces multiple charges in connection to gas station robbery


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ST. CROIX - Police have arrested one man in connection with the armed robbery of a Frederiksted gas station last month and expect more arrests as the investigation continues.

Johnathan Rivera, 22, of Williams Delight appeared Tuesday before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan and was advised of his rights on charges of first-degree robbery; grand larceny; third-degree assault; unauthorized possession of a firearm; failure to report a firearm brought into the territory; and using a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Police said the charges stem from the June 6 robbery when officers were dispatched just after 10 p.m. to the Top Gas Service Station in Estate Mountain, Frederiksted, where the owners reported they had been robbed.

According to police, an employee told officers that he and his cousin were closing the gas station and mini mart when two men with T-shirts over their faces and armed with handguns jumped over a nearby wall and demanded money from them.

The robbers pointed guns at them and hit one victim in his head with a gun.

According to the affidavit filed by V.I. Police Detective Moses President, the gunmen took cash, cell phones, a passport and a firearm during the robbery then proceeded to rob another man who was in the area of his Android cell phone before disappearing into the bush near the gas station.

President said police have been interviewing a number of witnesses and have identified additional possible suspects.

Gallivan set Rivera's bail at $75,000, and he remains jailed unable to post bail.

Anyone with information can call Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives at 712-6031, 712-6024 or 911 or call the anonymous tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be sent by texting USVI and the message to 274637.

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

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