A St. Croix man with prior criminal convictions faces possible revocation of parole after he was charged in connection with a violent incident, court documents show.
Ray Harris Jr., 25, was convicted in 2018 in the District Court of the Virgin Islands for conspiracy to possess cocaine, and sentenced to two years in prison. He completed the incarceration portion of his sentence, and began a three-year supervised release period on March 20, according to a motion in District Court.
In 2016, Harris was a baggage handler at Rohslen Airport when he was caught attempting to smuggle a kilogram of cocaine through security, according to court documents.
On May 20, police charged Harris with first-degree burglary, simple assault and battery, destruction of property, and forcible and lawful entry, according to court documents. All of the charges were filed under the territory’s domestic violence statute, meaning no bail was immediately set in the case.
After a probable cause hearing Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon Jr. ordered Harris detained pending a revocation hearing.
Harris broke into the home of a female acquaintance in Estate Camp Rico early on the morning of May 19, pushed her onto a couch and punched her multiple times, V.I. police said.
Another man in the house repeatedly pulled Harris off of the victim, but Harris continued to attack her, according to an affidavit written by police Sgt. Gregory Charlery-Joseph. At one point, Harris repeatedly kicked the victim, and the victim told police she lost consciousness, and awoke to find her 1-year-old son standing over her, according to Charlery-Joseph.
The victim suffered bruises from the incident, and had some of her hair ripped out, according to the affidavit. She was treated at Luis Hospital for her injuries, Charlery-Joseph wrote.
Police interviewed Harris and he told police he had broken into the home, and admitted to striking the woman and breaking her phone, according to the affidavit.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews Jr. used the charges as the basis of a motion filed Wednesday to return Harris to federal custody, according to court documents.
“The circumstances of commission of the offenses show that Defendant assaulted a helpless victim after willfully breaking into her home,” Andrews wrote. “He caused her to suffer injury and proceeded with his illegal conduct despite being pulled off of her by another male individual.”
Harris’s actions demonstrate he poses a risk to the community, Andrews wrote.
“His defiant conduct evinces a likelihood that he would threaten intimidate or injure the witness to avoid responsibility for his criminal conduct,” he wrote.
Harris’s revocation hearing date has not yet been set.