ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 2 at approximately 3:23 p.m., 20-year-old Jahritza Johnson of Harbor View Apartments was arrested, charged with Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed, Possession of Ammunition, Discharging or Aiming a Firearm, and Destruction of Property.
Johnson, in an altercation with a neighbor, is accused of brandishing a firearm and firing a shot through the closed front door of the neighbor’s apartment, endangering the occupants, including children.
Johnson’s bail was set at $100,000, which she was not able to post. She was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.
St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe commended officers for the swift arrest in this incident. He also urged the community to seek alternate ways of resolving disputes. “We should be able to talk through our differences. Resorting to violence is not the solution,” Chief Elskoe said.