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Fleming, a taxi driver and firefighter, was robbed at gunpoint just after midnight one night in May while walking from a part-time job back to his taxi in the area of the Bergs Home housing community. The suspects, who since have been arrested, took two cell phones, some cash and Fleming’s black Taurus .40-caliber pistol, according to court records.

Fleming said the responding officer told him to contact the V.I. Police Department’s Firearms Bureau about the missing gun, which the officer said was not recovered when the suspects were arrested. As a matter of policy, Fleming was required to appear at a hearing about the matter on June 6 at the Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Center.

Fleming said he explained his story to a panel that was supposed to – but in this case did not – include Police Commissioner Henry White Jr. The commissioner is the only person with the authority to revoke firearms licenses in the territory, according to the V.I. Code.

Fleming said that he quickly was told at the hearing that he had violated the terms of his firearm license by having the weapon on him after midnight and while not driving his taxi.

Read the rest of Lou Mattei’s article at Virgin Islands Daily News.

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