Steven Gregoire Arrested After Hand Gun Falls Out of His Pocket

A St. John man was arrested last week in Cruz Bay when his unlicensed gun fell out of his pocket, according to the V.I. Police Department.

Steven Gregoire, 30, was walking near Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay on Wednesday, November 11, around 8:30 a.m. when the gun slipped out of his pocket and fell on the ground, said police.

V.I. Police Department officer Earle Mills, a member of the Bike Patrol Unit, was conducting a routine inspection of the Cruz Bay area when he saw Gregoire’s gun fall, according to a report in the V.I. Daily News.

“I drew my weapon and told him to not pick it up,” Mills was quoted in the Daily News. “He picked it up and put it in his pocket. I walked up to him with my gun to my side and told him to hand over his weapon.”

After discovering that Gregoire did not have a license for the gun, Mills arrested the Estate Rendezvous man. Gregoire appeared before V.I. Magistrate Judge Alan Smith on Thursday, November 12, when a charge of possession of an licensed firearm was upheld.

Bail was set at $25,000 and Gregoire’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, November 19.