St. Thomas man arrested in connection with December carjacking now faces federal charges


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ST. THOMAS - The case of a carjacking on St. Thomas in December has been bound over to District Court.

Orville Williams, 24, appeared in court Thursday before District Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller.

Previously, Williams had faced only local charges, including first-degree robbery; first-degree assault; grand larceny; using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence; unauthorized use of a vehicle; and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Williams, who was arrested shortly after the Dec. 3 incident, was in the custody of the V.I. Corrections Bureau on a $100,000 bail.

However, in District Court, Williams faced the new federal charge of carjacking, according to an indictment filed in January. His first appearance in federal court was Wednesday, according to PACER, an online court records system.

On Thursday, Williams again appeared before Miller, though the detention hearing appeared to have been set again for Feb. 27, according to PACER records.

The victims said that another man was at the scene of the crime during the Dec. 3 carjacking, though it did not appear, based on the indictment, that any other arrests have been made in connection with the case.

According to V.I. police, who made the initial arrest of Williams, the victims at the time had just finished a night at the movies when they left the parking lot, stopping at the intersection where Weymouth Rhymer Highway meets Donoe Bypass about 9:15 p.m.

A white Rav 4 sports utility vehicle, was stopped in the roadway, and the couple pulled their vehicle, a red Ford Escape, behind the other, police said.

A man, later identified as Williams, stepped out of the vehicle and approached the couple's car, soon after followed by another man, according to police.

Williams had a pellet gun, and the other man had a knife, according to the probable cause fact sheet filed by police.

The two men approached the couple's car, where the woman was sitting in the driver's seat, and her companion was in the passenger seat.

Williams pointed the gun at the man while the other assailant told the woman to get out of the car and leave the keys in the ignition, according to the probable cause fact sheet.

The men took the victims' cell phones, as well as the woman's Coach purse and $250 in cash, according to the affidavit.

Williams then drove away with the woman's vehicle toward Skyline Drive, and the other man drove away in the Rav 4, police said.

Once the assailants left, the couple ran toward the nearby shopping center to get help.

Police interviewed the couple, and officers spotted the woman's vehicle soon after near the same place that it was stolen, according to the probable cause fact sheet.

About 11:10 p.m., officers spotted Williams walking in the same area, at which point he jumped into the bush, where he received several bee stings on his neck, he told police at the time.

Police arrested him and had him treated for the stings. He had a pellet gun and two cell phones later identified as the couple's on his person at the time, police said.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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