Cruz Bay Shooting Over Memorial Day Weekend Lands Grunwald Man in Jail

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A 21-year-old Estate Grunwald resident was advised of his rights in V.I. Superior Court on Monday, May 28, after being arrested for assault and drug possession over Memorial Day weekend.

Judge Brenda Hollar upheld charges of assault, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school against Jasim Lewis and kept bail at $150,000, according to a published report.

Lewis was arrested at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 26, near the Lumberyard Complex after a shooting occurred about half an hour earlier outside of Joe’s Diner, according to V.I. Police Department spokesperson Shawna Richards.

Identified by Victim
“He (Lewis) was arrested after being positively identified by a shooting victim as the person who shot him in the area of Joe’s Diner earlier that day,” Richards said.

VIPD officials discovered a firearm and “a large quantity of drugs,” on Lewis, a Maryland-native, according to Richards.
Crack cocaine, cocaine powder, heroin and Ecstasy were reportedly among the drugs discovered on Lewis’ body.

Bail was set at $150,000 for Lewis, who, unable to make bail, was remanded to the V.I. Bureau of Corrections facility in St. Thomas.

The victim, who was shot around 11:04 a.m., was taken to Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center before being transferred to R.L. Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas where he was treated and released by Tuesday, May 29.