Investigation Into Disappearance of Man Leads to Extradition and Arrest in Firearm Case

Suspect extradited from Texas, faces charges in St. Croix

  • Staff Consortium
  • February 09, 2024

Chayanne Trinidad Acosta on Feb. 8 arrived on St. Croix to face charges. By. THE VIRGIN ISLANDS POLICE DEPARTMENT

ST. CROIX — The V.I. Police Department announced Friday that it has extradited a man linked to illegal firearm possession.

Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, while investigating the disappearance of Johnny Encarnacion, gathered information and evidence indicating that Chayanne Trinidad Acosta was in possession of a firearm.

The investigation led to the issuance of an arrest warrant by a Superior Court Judge on November 6, 2023. Trinidad, age34, was apprehended the same day in Tarrant County, Texas. Following his arrest, Trinidad signed a waiver of extradition and was transported back to St. Croix on February 8, 2024.

Upon his return to the island, detectives arrested Trinidad for carrying of a firearm openly or concealed as a felon and for possession of ammunition. Unable to post the set bail of $50,000, he was booked and subsequently remanded to the John Bell Correctional Facility, where he awaits his advice of rights hearing.

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