VIPD disarmed man during J'ouvert


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ST. THOMAS - After J'ouvert celebrants on St. Thomas told V.I. Police officers patrolling the event Wednesday morning they saw a man with a gun in the crowd, officers found, disarmed and arrested the man.

Jahi E. Grant, 33, was arrested at about 8:30 a.m. after police said they found him dancing in a crowd behind a band and with a fully loaded Remington handgun with an extended clip and a small amount of marijuana in his possession.

Police said officers assigned to safeguard J'ouvert were approached by people at the event who said they were dancing when they noticed that a person, who was not known to them, was carrying a concealed weapon.

Officers identified the man by the description that was given to them and approached him, asking whether he was carrying a weapon, which he denied, police said.

When officers attempted to pat down Grant, he tried to remove an item from his pants, and officers confiscated the weapon and placed him under arrest, police said.

Grant was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and simple possession of a controlled substance.

His bail was set at $25,000 and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.

A National Crime Information Center check of the weapon revealed that it was reported stolen in Florida, according to police.

Police said officers assigned to J'ouvert said they were grateful to people at the event who were being observant and had the courage and resolve to identify a person who they felt could have been a threat to the general public.

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