A man charged Friday with robbery was later found in a cell at the Road Town Police Station with injuries consistent with a suicide attempt, according to police.

The accused, Mervin Flaherty, was transported to Peebles Hospital, where he remains in stable condition and is being closely monitored, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton confirmed on Tuesday.

Police had alleged that Mr. Flaherty was the lone masked gunman who entered a business in Port Purcell in July 2017. They did not name the business or provide further details on the alleged robbery.

The robbery was among three reported in four days during “an upsurge in the use of firearms” throughout the territory, police said.

Previously, two masked men attempted to rob the Delta Petroleum gas station in Pasea Estate, and a businessman reported that he was held at gunpoint by two men in Virgin Gorda. No injuries were reported in those incidents.

“Though special appeals were made to the public to engage in a territory-wide crackdown to reduce the number of firearms available for carrying out serious or violent crime, very little information was forthcoming,” police stated this week.

Alwin James, deputy police commissioner, said the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force will continue to arrest people who commit crimes.

“This arrest is indicative that investigations are continuing in all these matters as detectives work behind the scenes to see that those who commit firearms offences are identified and charged,” he said.


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