St. Croix man jailed in connection with Christmas morning carjacking


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ST. CROIX - A 23-year-old man remains jailed, unable to post bail after he was charged with a first-degree robbery stemming from a Christmas morning carjacking.

Abdallah Abdallah, of Estate La Reine appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho on Friday morning and was advised of his rights on charges of first-degree robbery, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and failure to report a firearm brought into the territory.

According to an affidavit filed by V.I. Police Detective Cureene Smith, a man told police that he was driving in the Strawberry Hill area just before 1 a.m. Christmas morning when he was cut off on the road by another vehicle.

He said a man got out of the car, in which other men were sitting, and threatened him, then took his vehicle - a red Ford Focus - and drove away.

According to the report, the man reported the incident to police and later that day reported to police that he had seen at least one of the men who had stolen his vehicle in the Diamond Ruby area.

Smith said when police responded to the area where the man reported seeing the suspects, they saw Abdallah, who fit the description.

As the officers approached him, Abdallah walked around the side of the building, then returned to the front where he was detained and searched, Smith said.

Officers then searched the area where Abdallah had gone and found a firearm ammunition speed-loader with four live rounds and two bunches of keys - one that later was determined to have a key to the vehicle that was stolen Christmas morning.

During Abdallah's advice-of-rights hearing Friday, Assistant Public Defender Leslie Davis asked the court to allow Abdallah to be released on an unsecured bond in the amount of his bail, which had been set at $75,000. Davis said Abdallah then could be put on house arrest with an electronic monitoring device.

Assistant Attorney General Charlotte Poole-Davis objected, saying that Abdallah had pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge in July and had been placed on probation in August. Poole-Davis said the bail should remain and should be secured before he is released.

Camacho agreed with the prosecution, saying that it had been less than six months since the guilty plea and resolution of the prior gun case and that Abdallah now stands accused of another incident involving a gun.

Camacho increased Abdallah's bail to $150,000 and insisted that it be fully secured by cash or property. The judge said if Abdallah is able to satisfy the bail conditions, he will be placed on 24-hour house arrest with the use of an electronic monitoring device.

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

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