Arthur Greaves Jr., a St. Thomas 19-year-old, pleaded guilty Wednesday in District Court before Judge Curtis Gomez, to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.
According to court documents, on May 17, 2018, Greaves pointed an A-15 rifle at an individual as that individual and his 4-year-old son attempted to enter a residence on Garden Street. Greaves grabbed a gold chain from the individual’s neck and ran to a building on Bunker Hill, where responding officers discovered him hiding under a stairwell. Greaves directed the officers to an adjacent abandoned building to reveal the rifle, described by police as a .22 caliber DPMS model A-15 – with its serial number removed. Police also found a double stack magazine and cartridges.
Greaves faces a minimum sentence of 10 years incarceration, a period of supervised release of not more than three years, and a maximum fine of $250,000. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 15.
This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.