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Second Man Charged with St. Thomas Gems & Gold Corner Jewelry Store Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI –United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced that Tashawn T.A. Warner was arrested today for his involvement in the September 19, 2020 Gems & Gold Corner store robbery. He made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller this afternoon. A detention hearing is scheduled for December 15, 2020.

According to the affidavit filed in the case, two masked men exited a vehicle and entered the store carrying guns.  One of the men used a pistol to assault a store employee by striking the employee in the head.  The other man brandished the rifle type firearm. Both men took jewelry from the store and got back into the vehicle which was driven by a third man. The complaint alleges Warner was the man brandishing the rifle in the store.  Jamari Benjamin was previously arrested in connection with this offense; the third man remains at large.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virgin Islands Police Department and prosecuted by United States Attorney’s Office of the Virgin Islands. 

A complaint is merely a charging document, and it is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated December 14, 2020