Jonathan Scribner of St. Croix was arrested Thursday and charged with illegally carrying a firearm and ammunition, according to V.I. Superior court records.
The incident began at around 6:22 p.m. when V.I. Police received a call from a concerned resident who said Scribner was at the Universal Towing Yard in Estate Diamond with “a firearm displayed on the passenger seat of his truck,” according to the probable cause fact sheet filed by police.
Officers responded and followed Scribner from the towing yard, and pulled him over at around 7 p.m. because his vehicle’s brake lights were broken, according to the fact sheet.
Scribner “started to stutter” when asked if he had any illegal firearms in his vehicle, and a police dog trained to detect firearms “hit” on the presence of a gun in Scribner’s truck, according to the fact sheet.
Officers found a black backpack on the truck’s passenger seat, which contained a black 9mm Sig Sauer P250 handgun with a tactical light, and one live round chambered and 14 live rounds in the magazine, according to the fact sheet.
Scribner had been previously licensed to carry a different weapon, but that permit expired in 2013, and police charged him with unauthorized possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to the fact sheet.
If convicted, Scribner faces a mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence.
Scribner, 35, complained of chest pain and was evaluated at Luis Hospital before being booked on $50,000 bail, according to police.
He appeared via teleconference Friday for his advice of rights hearing before V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Ernest Morris Jr.
Morris kept Scribner’s bond amount at $50,000, but said he could be released to the custody of a third-party custodian if he posts $2,500.
Scribner was previously arrested for unauthorized possession of a firearm in 2015. Police said at the time that they found a gun in his car under the passenger seat and that he had an expired firearm license.