ST. THOMAS — A man who ended up on ice during a scuffle with federal agents now faces criminal charges, court documents show.
Amijah Charles, no age given, faces a single count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding federal officers and agents in the U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands, according to court documents.
Charles approached the car of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer and a Deputy U.S. Marshal, apparently unprovoked, and instigated a confrontation, according to a complaint written by ICE agent Kerwin Williams.
Williams and Benjamin Wombacher, the deputy marshal, were surveilling a residence in Estate Mariendal on Friday in a bid to track down a criminal fugitive alien, Williams wrote.
“While conducting surveillance about 75 yards away from a residence, Charles approached our vehicle at a fast pace and began pounding on the driver’s side glass window,” he wrote.
Wombacher opened the door, and Charles shoved Wombacher, according to Williams. Wombacher pushed back, Williams wrote. Charles swung at Wombacher, who continued to push Charles away, Williams wrote. Friends of Charles intervened, according to the affidavit.
“While walking away, Charles then turned in the direction of Wombacher and said in a very loud voice, ‘I will kill you, your mother, matter of fact, I will kill all of you all,’” Williams wrote.
After the threat, federal agents followed Charles to a nearby supermarket, and attempted to arrest him, according to the affidavit.
“A struggle ensued during which time Charles struck me with a closed fist on the right side of my face,” Williams wrote. “Deputy Wombacher then attempted to restrain Charles, at which point he forcibly struck Wombacher twice with his knee to his genital area and once in the back of his left leg. Charles then grabbed onto the inner shirt of Deputy Wombacher in an attempt to grab at his throat.”
Charles also kicked another officer in the thigh, Williams wrote. “Charles was then placed in handcuffs and continued to violently resist, during which time we ended up falling into a nearby cooler,” he wrote.
Charles has faced court multiple times in the past. Prosecutors dismissed federal charges of maritime robbery and interference with commerce by threat or violence against Charles and four other men in 2005
In 2012 he was charged him with reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with an event in which a man fired an AK-47 near a store in Bovoni. Those charges were dismissed after police failed to establish probable cause for the arrest.
Police next arrested Charles in 2016 and charged him with first-degree assault, third-degree assault, brandishing and exhibiting a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Police last arrested Charles in 2017 on charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, unauthorized possession of a firearm, aiding and abetting, and accessory after the fact.
The latest charges carry a potential penalty of one to eight years on conviction, according to U.S. Code.
Following an initial appearance Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller ordered Charles released, but restricted his travel to the island of St. Thomas, set curfew at 6 p.m. each night, and required him to install a landline phone in his residence.
Federal court documents indicate Charles was required to post an appearance bond, but do not give an amount.