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Charges in Chitolie Homicide Upgraded

March 20, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 19, police rearrested Calijah Brewley and Jiovoni Smith, both age 21, officially upgrading their charges from Attempted Murder to 1st Degree Murder. The men, who were in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections since being initially arrested on May 15, 2020, were charged in the shooting incident in Estate Paradise earlier that day that eventually claimed the life of 19-year-old Selena Chitolie.

Bail for Brewley and Smith was set at $500,000 each. Unable to post bail, both men were remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending the Advice of Rights hearings.

 

St. Croix Man Charged with 1st Degree Rape

March10, 2021.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 10, at roughly 6:40 a.m., detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and officers of the Special Operations Bureau arrested Kyle Stapleton, age 34 of Tan Tan Terrace, on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. He was charged with 1st Degree Aggravated Rape, 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact, Aggravated Child Abuse & Neglect, Possession of Visual Medium Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct, and Distribution or Exhibition to Minor.

The investigation into this incident revealed that in October of 2020, Stapleton sexually assaulted a minor. The warrant was issued on March 4, and Stapleton was located and placed under arrest.

 

Police Investigating Reckless Endangerment on Veteran’s Drive

March 3, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 2, at approximately 6:16 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Veteran’s Drive, near the pedestrian bridge in the vicinity of the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, in reference to a reckless endangerment.

Officers traveled to the area and made contact with the complainant, who reported that someone in a black vehicle fired shots at his vehicle, causing damages, and fled the scene. The Emergency Call Center subsequently received another call of a black vehicle with gunshot damage parked at Patriot Manor, and that several Black males exited the parked vehicle. The caller further stated that one of the males appeared injured. Officers traveled to the scene and found the vehicle, but did not locate anyone.

This case is presently under active investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Anna’s Retreat Woman Arrested for Fraud

February 23, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On February 22, at around 8:30 a.m., Maria Antoinette Rhymer Smith, age 56 of Anna’s Retreat, was arrested by detectives of the Economic Crime Unit, pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. She was charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Possession of Stolen Property.

Rhymer Smith, the caretaker of an elderly female, is accused of taking the elderly female’s credit card and using it without authorization, for her own personal gain. Rhymer Smith was released, pending her Advice of Rights hearing, after posting bail.

Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor reminds the public that taking advantage of elderly residents will result in the pursuit of prosecution by the VIPD. “I commend our Economic Crime Unit for pursuing those who victimize our elderly residents. This practice will not be tolerated,” Commissioner Velinor said.

Police Investigating Reckless Endangerment Incident in Estate Glynn

February 17, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 16, at roughly 11:27 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Sam’s Gas Station in Estate Glynn to a report of shots fired. Officers arrived at the area and learned that two male individuals were shooting at each other.

The investigation into the matter revealed that two males were in a vehicle, a maroon Acura, at the gas station. Both males subsequently exited the vehicle and started shooting at each other from opposite sides of the vehicle. One of the suspects fled the area on foot, while the other suspect fled in the vehicle, which was later found at a residence in Estate Glynn. No injuries were reported.

Detectives are reaching out to the community for information on this incident. If you know what happened, please contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where you can get a reward for your tip.

Police Investigating Rape and Assault of Female

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 17 at approximately 6:19 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Sub Base in reference to an unresponsive female lying in the roadway.

Officers traveled to the area and found an adult, Hispanic female, who was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment. The investigation revealed the victim was assaulted and raped. The victim was listed in critical condition, due to the severity of the assault.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Drug Possession Arrest Made Under the VI Crime Initiative

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 7 at roughly 6:28 p.m., 22-year-old Carl S. Cornelius of Concordia Villas was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute; and Obstructing, Delaying, or Interfering an Officer in the Discharge of His Duties.

Officers working as part of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Cornelius at a gas station in Estate Plessen. During the traffic stop, Cornelius exited the vehicle and attempted to evade officers on foot. When Cornelius was eventually captured, he was found with a large amount of marijuana. Other drug paraphernalia was also found in the vehicle.

Bail for Cornelius was set at $7,500. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe praised the continued success of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative. “Our officers work diligently to find those in our community who illegally possess firearms and drugs. We will continue to pound the pavement to arrest them,” Chief Elskoe said. He urges everyone who knows about illegal acts to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Fydenhoj Woman Arrested for Stealing Cell Phone

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 5 at roughly 5:49 p.m., police arrested 38-year-old Michelyn Lespron of Estate Frydenhoj, charging her with Grand Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property.

Investigation revealed Lespron allegedly stole a mobile phone from her former employer in November of 2020. The phone was tracked to Lespron’s location, and when detectives asked about the stolen property, she produced the phone. Subsequently, Lespron was placed under arrest.

Bail for Lespron was set at $20,000. Unable to post bail, she was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing. This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 778-2211 extension 5557, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Investigating Female Injured by Gunfire

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 4 at approximately 12:52 a.m., an adult female reported being shot in Contant.

The victim reported to police that she was entering her residence with her boyfriend when gunshots were heard. After realizing she had been shot, the victim asked a neighbor to call 911. She was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of a gunshot wound to her left hand.

Officers on the scene observed and collected spent shell casings and a firearm near the residence, which will aid in the investigation. Police are asking anyone who knows what may have happened to call 911, the VIPD at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Police Investigating Assault in Castle Coakley

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 27 at roughly 12:58 a.m., an adult male was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital via private vehicle seeking medical attention for stab wounds.

The victim reported that he was in the vicinity of Aqua Lounge in Estate Castle Coakley when he was approached and subsequently assaulted by an adult Hispanic male. The victim was treated for stab wounds to his face, neck and back. He was listed in stable condition.

Detectives urge anyone with information in this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477 to tell police what they saw. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Human Remains Found in Crown Bay

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 15 at 3:53 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a decomposed body discovered near a business in Crown Bay.

Officers traveled to the area and observed the body of a male, dressed in all black, that appeared to be decomposed. The cause of death is presently under investigation.

 

Inappropriate Contact with Minor Leads to Arrest

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 9 at approximately 6:45 a.m., Brandon Teliam, age 26 of Prince Street, Frederiksted, was arrested on a warrant. He was charged with Obscene Internet Contact with a Minor, Visual Medium Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct, Computer Pornography, Blackmail, Sending Threatening Letters, and Distribution or Exhibition to Minors.

Teliam is accused of having obscene and inappropriate contact with a minor on the Internet.

Bail for Teliam was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Suspect Sought in Coki Point Assault

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 6 at roughly 12:25 p.m., detectives were dispatched to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital Emergency Room to speak to the victim of an assault.

The female victim told detectives that she was at Coki Point Beach when she was approached by several other females. A physical altercation ensued, and the victim was assaulted, causing her to lose consciousness. The main suspect in this incident is described as being a Black female, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, around 25 years of age, light complexion, heavy built, with black hair. The suspect is said to reside in the Coki Point Beach area.

Anyone having any information about this incident is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something

Man Arrested on Warrant for Homicide

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 28 at around 5:45 p.m., 41-year-old Kareem Richardson of Fisher Street, Christiansted, turned himself in after learning that police had a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with 1st Degree Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the homicide of Bomani Christian on November 1.

Bail for Richardson was set at $1,000,000, no 10% provision. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing

St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe praised the efforts of the detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, and thanked the public for their assistance in circulating the wanted person poster of Richardson on social media. “This is a great example of how the VIPD and the community can work together towards a public safety goal,” Chief Elskoe said. He encouraged everyone to contact police with tips about other open crimes by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

St. Croix Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Carjacking Offenses

November 22, 2020

St. Croix, USVI – Chriss Cepeda, 24, of St. Croix, pled guilty on November 20, 2020, in District Court to one count of Using a Firearm During a Violent Crime, and one count of Carjacking, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

The firearm offense carries a mandatory minimum of 7 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release up to 5 years. The carjacking offense carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years, a maximum fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release up to 5 years. Sentencing is set for March 24, 2021.

According to court documents, in the early morning hours of September 10, 2017, the defendant, along with two co-defendants, broke into the home of Stephen O’Dea and Kathryn Duncan, while brandishing a firearm. The defendants physically assaulted Mr. O’Dea and threatened to kill the couple while demanding money. The defendants forced the couple at gunpoint into the rear seat of Mr. O’Dea’s Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck and drove to the location where Mr. O’Dea had left his wallet. After obtaining the wallet, the defendants fled in the pick-up truck and Mr. O’Dea’s Jeep Wrangler. In addition to the vehicles, defendants stole $200 in currency, two iPhones valued at $600 each, and an iPad valued at $200.

Three Shot, One Killed in St. John

ST. JOHN, USVI – On November 18 at approximately 12:05 a.m., 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired in Estate Enighed. Officers traveled to the scene and found an unresponsive male who appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the male did not have any vital signs.

The victim was identified by next of kin as 20-year-old A’Jahnie Bramble. Officers then learned that two other individuals received gunshot wounds in the incident, and those two individuals were being treated at the Myra Keating Clinic.

St. John Deputy Chief of Police Vivianne Newton denounced this incident, and urged the responsible parties to turn themselves in. “Someone out there knows what happened. Please contact us and let us know so we can arrest who did this,” Deputy Chief Newton stated.

Newton asks anyone with information about this incident to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

VIPD’s Economic Crime Unit Issues Holiday Season Fraud Alert

November 11, 2020

U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Police Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor wishes to advise the public that the Christmas Season is fast approaching and there are those among us who seek to prey on those in the community whom they consider vulnerable.

The VIPD receives numerous calls from victims that have been victimized through phone scams. Some of these scams involve threats for monies owed to a law enforcement agency, including IRS and the Social Security Administration.

Other scams involve someone calling the victim advising that a family member is in jail or has been hurt in an accident and need money immediately. The most common one is someone with a foreign accent saying they are from Microsoft, and they need to get into your computer to repair a problem.

STEPS TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM:

1. If someone mentions there is a warrant out for your arrest, verify by contacting your local law enforcement agency or the specific alleged law enforcement agency to confirm. DO NOT call the number given by the person on the phone or the number that shows in the Caller ID.

2.DO NOT depend on Caller ID to confirm the caller's information.  

3.Know that law enforcement agencies do not accept wired money, only cash and bonds.  

4.Never wire money to anyone who is alleging arrest or warrants.  

5.Be wary of responding to any phone come-ons. Never reveal your bank account or volunteer other personal information to someone who calls you.

6. DO NOT respond if you receive an unsolicited email that asks you to confirm personal information such as your bank account or credit card number.

 

 

Estate Morning Star Home Burglarized & Set on Fire

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STX MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN WILLIAMS DELIGHT ON FRIDAY NIGHT

OCTOBER 17, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 16 at roughly 11:09 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified by a concerned citizen of shots fired near an establishment in William’s Delight. Officers traveled to the area to investigate and found an unresponsive adult male with gunshot wounds on the ground. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the victim had no vital signs. The victim was identified by family members as 28-year-old Olson Tyson of Mount Pleasant Apartments.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe denounced this latest shooting death, calling for an end to the gun violence in the territory. “I was on the scene of another senseless homicide and watched the anguish of another destroyed family try to comprehend the death of their loved one. It is time for the entire community to say, NO MORE! No matter how bad the situation may get, resorting to using guns to resolve differences is a tragic solution. We need to encourage our young men to put the guns down,” Chief Elskoe said. He also stated that the VIPD will use all available resources to solve this and other unsolved homicides.

 

St. Croix Man Who Denied Knowing the Whereabouts of a Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Providing False Statement to F.B.I. Investigators

October 13, 2020.

St. Thomas, USVI – United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Clintford Joseph, Jr. age 54, of St. Croix pled guilty on October 13, 2020 in federal court to Providing a False Statement to law enforcement investigators with respect to the whereabouts of Paul Girard, Jr. a/k/a “Bogus”.

According to court documents, U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon issued a warrant for Girard’s arrest on Oct. 28, 2020 and Joseph “harbored and concealed” Girard between around October 23rd and November 4th. Joseph also knowingly made a false statement to law enforcement officers on November 5th when he told federal investigators that he was unaware Girard “was staying in the bedroom located above the garage of a residence located at 84 Clairmont, St. Croix,” where Joseph, Jr. was the caretaker.

Agents later learned that Girard had been staying in a bedroom above the garage at the Clairmont residence for over a week prior and that Joseph, Jr. in fact knew Girard was staying there when he advised the agents to the contrary. Girard was ultimately arrested at the Clairmont residence on a warrant for a violation of supervised release.

Joseph, Jr. faces up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00. A sentencing date has been set for February 11, 2021.

 

Man Arrested After Attempting to Flee from Police

October 11, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – On October 9 at around 5:50 p.m., police arrested Rashad A. Creque, age 24 of Contant, charging him with Illegal Discharge of a Firearm and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Creque is accused of discharging a firearm at an unknown person. While driving his employer’s vehicle, he led officers on a pursuit around the island of St. John. After a brief attempt to flee officers, Creque was apprehended with a firearm being found in his possession.

St. John Deputy Chief of Police Vivianne Newton praised the officers for their determination in locating and apprehending Creque. “I am happy that we were able to catch him without serious injuries to himself or our officers,” Deputy Chief Newton said.

Bail for Creque was set at $50,000, which he was not able to post. He was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Woman Arrested for Unauthorized Debit Card Use

September 22, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On September 22 at approximately 12:46 p.m., detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit arrested Tamisha Smith, age 30 of Sion Hill, on an arrest warrant. She was charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Identity Theft, and Grand Larceny.

July 19, 2019, an investigation was initiated on Smith. The investigation revealed that she knowingly and without consent used a Visa debit card on three different occasions without authorization.

Based bail for Smith was set at $1,000. Smith posted bail and was released pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Shooting at Oswald Harris Court LeavesOne Man Dead

September 13, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On September 13 at around 2:10 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of multiple shots fired in the Oswald Harris Court housing community, in the vicinity of the basketball court. Officers found an unresponsive Black male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded the male had no signs of life.

The male was identified by his next of kin as Secori Akeel Elmes, age 31.

Detectives of the Major Crimes Unit are asking anyone with information about this shooting to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5606, or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477. Your tips can be the information the VIPD needs to solve this crime. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Man in Stable Condition After Being Shot in Oswald Harris Court

August 28, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 27 at approximately 10:26 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Oswald Harris Court housing community to a report of shots fired. Officers traveled to the area and found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment.

At the hospital, the victim stated that he was in the area of Building 4 when he heard gunshots. He said that he ran into the archway of a building and realized that he had been shot. The victim was listed in stable condition.

This case is under investigation. Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

VIPD Launches Internal Investigation into Released Arrest Video

August 23, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is aware of video footage involving an arrest incident which has been circulating on social media. An internal investigation into the videotaping and its release has been initiated.

A VIPD officer may have released the video in violation of Department’s policy. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the public will be notified of the result.

Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor condemned the release of the video, stating the Department is working on building the community’s trust. “To build trust requires both transparency and accountability,” Commissioner Velinor said.

 

Police Investigating Gunshot Incident on St. Thomas

Agust 2, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 1 at approximately 11 p.m., officers of VIPD responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the Nisky Center intersection. Upon arrival to the area, officers located a black male who was injured by gunshot.

The victim expressed that he did not know who shot him. The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment.

St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip is appealing to the community to assist the VIPD in solving this crime. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5608, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

VIPD Investigating Shots Fired in Sion Farm

July 13, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 12 at around 10:45 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots being fired in Sion Farm.

Officers who traveled to the area made contact with several residents who stated that the occupants of a gray SUV were firing shots. Several residences and property were struck and damaged. However, no one was injured as a result of gunfire.

This case is under investigation. Anyone with information are asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Illegal Firearm Possession

June 18, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 17 at roughly 8:13 a.m., police placed 27-year-old Bernard Hodge of Estate Richmond under arrest, charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

An officer was notified by a concerned citizen of a firearm in an unsecured vehicle. Hodge, the owner of the vehicle, admitted to owning the firearm. A check of the Firearm Bureau’s records revealed Hodge was not licensed to possess a firearm in the territory. He was placed under arrest as a result.

Bail for Hodge was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe commended the citizen for contacting the police officer to report the illegal firearm. “Thank you for speaking up. We encourage everyone to say something to us when they see illegal activity,” Chief Elskoe said.

Estate Frydenhoj Man Stabbed to Death, Kyan Crooke Arrested & Charged for the Crime

May 27, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 26 at approximately 8:57 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of an unresponsive male in the vicinity of the ballpark in Estate Frydenhoj. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the male, who appeared to have sustained a stab wound to his upper body, did not have any vital signs.

The victim has been identified by next of kin as Mendel Felix.

Around 2 a.m. on May 27, police arrested Kyan Crooke, age 32 of Estate Frydenhoj, charging him with Voluntary Manslaughter in the incident. Bail for Crooke was set at $125,000. He was unable to post bail and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This incident is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident area asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Marijuana Cultivation Site Discovered Near Walter I. M. Hodge Pavilion

May 15, 2020

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 13, officers of the Special Operations Bureau conducted marijuana eradication operations in the nearby bush area adjacent to the Walter I. M. Hodge Pavilion housing community.

Officers uncovered a full-scale marijuana cultivation operation located in the thick brush that was being used to conceal the illegal cultivation operation. They confiscated about 600 marijuana plants that varied in size. There also were pots, potting soil and several solar panel lights used as part of the fertilization process.

Another eradication operation was also implemented in the Williams Delight Housing Community where over 60 marijuana plants were confiscated from three different locations.

If you have information about these illegal marijuana cultivation sites, you are urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Man Arrested on Warrant for Burglary

May 4, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 1 at 12:18 p.m., police arrested 18-year-old Wayne Burke, an inmate at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility, on an arrest warrant for 3rd Degree Burglary.

Burke was identified as the individual who burglarized a residence in Estate Prosperity on January 24.

Bail for Burke was set at $40,000. He was unable to post bail, and he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

1st Degree Animal Abuse Reported After Dog Shot

May 1, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 29, an injured dog was transported to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center for treatment. The medical evaluation revealed the dog sustained two pellet gunshot wounds to the body. One of the gunshot wounds impacted the dog’s spine causing paralysis. Due to the severe injuries, the dog was humanely euthanized.

The VIPD advises the general public that if you have a problem with any animal in your neighborhood, shooting or poisoning the animal is not the solution. It is cruel and is against the law. Pellet projectiles can be as dangerous and deadly as bullets.

This case, classified as a 1st Degree Animal Abuse, is under investigation. If you have any information regarding this case, please call 911, the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator at (340) 778-2211 extension 6097, or you can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. # # #

Missing Woman Sought on STT

April 29, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance in locating Jamequa Kuntz. Kuntz was reported missing by family members on April 28.

Kuntz is a 22-year-old Black female, 5 feet 6 inches in height, weighs approximately 225 pounds, and has a brown complexion. She was last seen in the Bergs Homes area wearing a colorful dress and white slippers. Kuntz frequents the Bergs Home and Smith Bay areas.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Robbery Reported at St. Thomas Restaurant

April 21, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 20 at around 9:46 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to KFC near Nisky Center in reference to a robbery.

The employees at the establishment reported that four males wearing all black with their faces covered entered the restaurant. One of the males brandished a handgun, demanding the money from the restaurant. The suspects made off with money from the establishment, as they fled the area in an unknown direction.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477

Home at Magaritaville Burglarized

March 24, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 22 at approximately 9:11 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Pineapple Village, Margaritaville, regarding a burglary.

The victims reported being inside their apartment all day, and that the gate to their premises and the front door were closed, but not locked. The victims further stated that at approximately 8:45 p.m., they noticed that their previously parked vehicle was no longer in the parking lot. The victims also reported that money and keys for another vehicle were also missing.

This matter is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5556 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Special Crime Initiative Results in Drug Arrest

March 9, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – On March 8 at approximately 1:40 p.m., officers of the Special Operations Bureau, while working on “Operation Zero Tolerance in Love City,” an initiative of Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor, arrested Troy Powell, age 31, charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Loitering on Federal Property.

Officers observed Powell smoking a marijuana cigarette on the premises of the Cruz Bay Post Office. Powell was subsequently found in possession of several dozen small bags of a controlled substance. Commissioner Velinor emphasized that it is important to have increased police presence in St. John.

Bail for Powell was set at $10,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Man Reports Being Shot At in Frederiksted

March 5, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 4 at around 5:30 p.m., a man walked into the Wilbur H. Francis Command Police Station to report a shooting.

The victim indicated that he was driving west from La Grange Road to Wheel Of Fortune when gunshots began to impact his vehicle. He stated he did not know who was firing shots at him. The victim then realized he was cut from broken glass in the incident. The victim’s vehicle sustained multiple bullet holes on the passenger side as a result of the shooting. The victim was transported to Juan Luis Hospital from the police station by ambulance for treatment.

Investigation continues in this matter. If anyone has any information that can assist in the investigation of this case, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Armed Robbery Reported on Back Street, Charlotte Amalie

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 2 at around 12:18 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a robbery that occurred outside the Bliss Bar on Back Street, Charlotte Amalie.

The female victim reported to police that she and a male friend were standing outside the establishment when a vehicle pulled up to them. According to the victim, two black males wearing masks and armed with guns exited the vehicle and robbed them of jewelry and a mobile phone. The male victim suffered a minor injury when one of the suspects pressed his firearm against his head, causing a small contusion.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Woman Reported Missing

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 2, 22-year-old Kamifa Lawrence was reported missing by family members. Relatives are reporting that Lawrence has not been seen since Feb. 21.

Lawrence is approximately 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighs about 150 pounds. She was last seen in the Lindbergh Bay area, wearing a yellow multi-colored t-shirt and gray or black skirt. Lawrence frequents Lindbergh Bay Beach and Brewers Beach.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons with information regarding this crime are urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5569 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477

Police Investigating Body Found At Beach

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 29 at around 9:15 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a body floating in the water at Good Hope Beach.

Officers responded and found a lifeless male in the water. When the body was retrieved from the water, detectives found that the male had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was identified by next of kin as 28-year-old Jahkim E. Santiago. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. This case is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone who has any information on this homicide is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Croix Man Arrested in 2018 Homicide

February 28, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI. – On Feb. 28 at approximately 9:38 a.m., Dion Williams, age 21 of Candido Guadalupe Terrace, was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder for his role in the murder of David Gonzalez, Jr. which took place on Oct. 27, 2018 in the Mutual Homes Housing Community.

Bail for Williams was set at $1,000,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Anyone who has any information on this or any other crime is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Dion Williams

St. Thomas Man Arrested in Connection to Recent Armed Robbery

February 28, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 26 at approximately 11 a.m., police arrested Tasheem Monsanto, age 18 of Estate Bovoni Apartments, and charged him with 1st Degree Robbery, Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, 2nd Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, Grand Larceny, Conspiracy and Unauthorized Possession of Ammunition.

Monsanto was identified as one of four suspects in an armed robbery that occurred on Feb. 2 in Estate Mariendahl.

Bail for Monsantgo was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

Tasheem Monsanto

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Domestic Simple Assault

February 28, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 27 at around 9:45 a.m., VIPD Domestic Violence detectives arrested 20-year-old Jashem Letang of Oswald Harris Court and charged him with Simple Assault, Domestic Violence.

On Feb. 26, an adult female reported being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend. The victim had noticeable injuries from the assault, where Letang reportedly threw a bottle at her, hitting her in the forehead. Letang admitted in a statement to assaulting the victim with the bottle and was placed under arrest.

Letang did not get bail, as per domestic violence statutes. He was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing

Jashem Letang

St. Thomas Man Turns Himself In, Charged with Domestic Assault

 

February 26, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 24 at approximately 6:30 a.m., John Huyghue, Jr., age 42 of Estate Thomas, turned himself in to police after learning that he was being sought. He was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

On Feb. 16, the victim reported to police that she was at Classico Bar located in Savan when Huyghue approached her. She stated that she Huyghue stepped outside the bar and had a conversation with him where she ended their relationship, then she went back inside the bar. She stated that Huyghue then approached her again and struck her in the head with a bottle, then grabbed her by her hair and pushed her to the ground. The victim sustained minor injuries but declined medical attention.

Bail for Huyghue was denied when he was arrested due to the Domestic Violence statutes, but he was offered $15,000 bail at his Advice of Rights hearing. He was unable to post bail and was remanded back to the Bureau of Corrections

Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest for Unlicensed Firearm

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 25 at approximately 5:11 a.m., VIPD officers arrested Danny J. Delerme, age 23 of Constitution Hill, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

On Feb. 4, officers received an anonymous tip that Delerme was seen with a firearm inside of the Limetree Bay refinery. Contact was made with the refinery’s security personnel to advise them of the incident. Officers later made contact with Delerme and confiscated his backpack.

A search warrant was obtained to search Delerme’s backpack and an unlicensed firearm and ammunition were found. An arrest warrant was obtained as a result, and Delerme was taken into custody.

Bail for Delerme was set at $30,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe expressed his gratitude to the member of the community who gave the officer the tip about the firearm.

“I encourage everyone who knows about a crime that is happening or is about to happen to come forward with the information,” Chief Elskoe said.

Anyone with information on crime can call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

Danny J. Delerme

Armed Masked Men Robbed man on Hams Bluff Road

February 24, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 24 at around 12:38 a.m., a 1st Degree Robbery was reported to the police.

The male victim reported that he was walking on Hams Bluff Road when a small white vehicle with two armed masked men exited the vehicle and approached him and demanded everything he had. A struggle ensued between the victim and one of the suspects over his cell phone. The suspect brandished a handgun, pointed it at the victim’s head and discharged one shot that did not strike the victim. The suspects then took the victim’s cell phone and his backpack that contained personal documents, then left the area in their vehicle.

This incident is under investigation. Anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of these suspects is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

St. Croix Woman Arrested for Child Neglect

February 24, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb 24 at around 8:45 a.m., Olga T. Reyes, age 36 of Peter’s Rest, was arrested and charged with Child Neglect.

A few hours earlier, Reyes reported to police that her 6-year-old daughter was abducted. Investigation revealed, however, that Reyes went to a male acquaintance’s residence at about 1:45 a.m., leaving her daughter in her vehicle unattended. The minor contacted a relative to pick her up. When Reyes returned to her vehicle sometime later, she realized that her daughter was not there. Police were notified several hours after Reyes noticed her daughter missing. The minor was found in good health. Reyes admitted to leaving the minor in the vehicle unattended and was arrested as a result.

Bail for Reyes was set at $10,000. Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

 

Olga T. Reyes

Safari Driver Loses Control of Vehicle, Passengers Injured

February 24, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 22 at around 12:54 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of an auto accident at the Tutu Park Mall.

Investigation revealed that a safari doing a local taxi run was traveling westward on the Tutu Park south access roadway when the driver lost control of the vehicle, tearing through a metal fencing and coming to final rest. 11 passengers were in the rear of the safari when the accident happened. Five of those passengers were transported via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital for treatment.

St. Croix Man Arrested and Charged with Kidnapping

February 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 21 at around 9:53 p.m., Axel J. Betancourt, age 19 of Williams Delight, was arrested and charged with Kidnapping and False Imprisonment.

A 16-year-old female minor reported that earlier that day, Betancourt, who is a friend of the victim’s ex-boyfriend, offered her a ride home from school. However, Betancourt left the school campus and started driving in the opposite direction from where the victim lives. When she started questioning why Betancourt was driving in that direction, he then held the victim at knifepoint. She stated that Betancourt took her back to the campus after she started pleading with him to take her back. When contacted by police, Betancourt admitted to being in the company of the minor and that he had a knife.

Betancourt’s bail was set at $10,000. He was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Axel J. Betancourt

St. Thomas Man Shot in Anna’s Fancy

February 22, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 21 at approximately 10:37 p.m., police were dispatched to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital in reference to a gunshot victim.

The victim at the hospital stated that he was walking in Annas Fancy in the vicinity of Rosa’s Bar when a dark colored vehicle drove by with its high beam headlights on. An occupant in the vehicle fired several shots at him. The victim observed he was shot and ran towards his residence, got into his private vehicle and drove himself to the hospital for treatment. The victim further stated that the vehicle that fired the shots after him sped away westward on Harwood Highway. He said that he did not see who fired shots after him. The victim sustained two gunshot wounds and was in stable condition.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

 

St. Croix Man Arrested for Vandalizing Buildings in Frederiksted

February 21, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 21 at around 2:33 p.m., police arrested Jimmy “Tayi” Navarro, age 46 of Hospital Street, Frederiksted, on a warrant for five counts of Destruction of Property and five counts of Public Nuisance.

Navarro was identified as the individual who threw motor oil on the walls and floors of the exteriors of the office of the Delegate to Congress, the Supreme Court, Frederiksted Health Care and the Frederiksted Post Office between Feb. 15 and Feb. 18.

Bail for Navarro was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights Hearing

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Jimmy “Tayi” Navarro

Man Found with Unlicensed Firearm, Arrested

February 20, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 19 at about 10:35 p.m., officers arrested Daylin MacDonald, age 36 of Nye Gade, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Unauthorized Possession of Ammunition.

Officers were advised that MacDonald was in possession of a firearm at the establishment. MacDonald was found, was searched, and the firearm was found on his waist. MacDonald admitted that he did not have a license to possess the firearm and was placed under arrest, and the firearm confiscated.

Bail for MacDonald was set at $50,000, which he was unable to post. He was subsequently remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Daylin MacDonald

1st Degree Robbery Reported in Downtown Christiansted

February 20, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 20 at approximately 2:43 a.m., a 1st Degree Robbery was reported to police at the Ancilmo Marshall Command in Christiansted.

The male victim reported that he was asleep in his vehicle that was parked on King Street. He was awakened by an unknown individual wearing a ski mask, who opened the car door and pointed a gun at him. The suspect pulled the victim out of the vehicle onto the ground, got into the vehicle and drove off.

This incident is under investigation. Anyone with information that will lead to solving this crime are asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Succumbs to Gunshot Wounds

February 19, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 19 at approximately 12:25 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen of shots fired in Estate Thomas. Officers traveled to the area and located an unresponsive black male sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians on scene concluded that the male did not have any signs of life.

The victim was identified by next of kin as 25-year-old Mikal Dore.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

St. Croix Man Wanted for Firing on Police Officer After Attempted Robbery

February 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The VIPD is asking for the community’s help in locating 18-year-old Wayne Burke. Burke is wanted for 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Ammunition.

Burke was identified as the suspect who fired upon a police officer and escaped after attempting to rob the KFC restaurant in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on Jan. 7.

Burke is a Black male, 5 feet 9 inches in height, and weighs 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who encounters Burke or knows his whereabouts are urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Wayne Burke

St. Croix Man Arrested for Cashing Counterfeit Check

February 18, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 16 at around 11:21 a.m., 27-year-old Michael Delande of Strawberry Hill turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted. He was charged with Passing Forged Bills or Notes; Obtaining Money by False Pretenses; Forgery; Grand Larceny and Identity Theft.

On April 19, 2018, the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation that revealed that Delande cashed two counterfeit Virgin Islands Housing Authority checks totaling over $1,000 using his real identity in Plaza Extra West.

Bail for Delande was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Michael Delande

Two Men Found Shot to Death in Harris Court on St.Thomas

February 17, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 16 at approximately 11:30 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in the vicinity of Oswald Harris Court. Officers traveled to the area and located a vehicle with 2 unresponsive males who appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds about their bodies. Emergency Medical Technicians, who were on scene, concluded that the males did not have any vital signs.

The victims were identified by next of kin as 23-year-old Carlos Ingles and 25-year-old Endry Montero Bacili.

St. Thomas / St. John District Chief of Police Ludrick Thomas said of this incident, “This is a senseless act of violence and the VIPD is seeking the assistance of anyone with information regarding the killing of these young men. Anything you may have heard, seen or know could be of value to us in bringing closure to this case.”

Any persons having information regarding this shooting are asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Three Buildings in Downtown Frederiksted Vandalized

February 17, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The 911 Emergency Call Center received reports over the weekend of vandalism at three offices in downtown Frederiksted.

On Saturday at 8:27 a.m., a concerned citizen reported what appeared to be motor oil was splashed on the doors of the Delegate to Congress’ office on King Street, Frederiksted. No other damage was observed to the building.

On Sunday, concerned citizens made reports that motor oil was used to vandalize the office of the Delegate to Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Frederiksted Health Care building.

Investigation into the acts of vandalism is ongoing. Although police may have identified a person of interest, the community’s assistance is still needed. If you have any information that may lead to the arrest of the perpetrator of this act, please call 911, VIPD at (340) 778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

19-Year-Old Man Charged with Aggravated Rape

February 17, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 15 at approximately 11:02 p.m., VIPD officers arrested 19-year-old Ralph Brewster of Bethlehem Village, charging him with 2nd Degree Aggravated Rape.

Brewster admitted to detectives that he had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old minor. Bail for Brewster was set at $50,000.

He was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections while bail and release conditions were being arranged.

Ralph Brewster

St. Thomas Man Arrested on Active Warrants

February 16, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 15 at approximately 12:24 a.m., officers of the Special Operations Bureau and US Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Azamba Galloway, age 29 of Kirwan Terrace, on a warrant for 1st Degree Murder and a warrant for Reckless Endangerment and 3rd Degree Assault.

Galloway was implicated in the shooting death of Curtis Fredericks on May 19, 2019 at the Edward Blyden Marine Terminal. In an unrelated incident, on Aug. 30, 2019, Galloway evaded officers during a traffic stop in the vicinity of Kmart Sugar Estate, attempting to run officers over with his vehicle.

At Galloway’s Advice of Rights hearing, his bail was set at $500,000 for the murder charge and $50,000 for the assault charge. He was unable to post bail, and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections.

St. Thomas / St. John Police Chief Ludrick Thomas commended officers for their work in this and other cases. “I appreciate the focused work of our officers, along with our Federal partners, to ensure our streets are safe,” Chief Thomas said. He encouraged the community to come forward with any information they may have on incidents to help the VIPD solve crimes

 

Azmba Galloway

Suspect Wanted in Assualt Case

Suspect Wanted in Assualt Case

VIPD Investigates Robbery in Estate Dorothea

February 14, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 12 at approximately 9:27 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Nidal Deli and Grocery, located at Estate Dorothea, in reference to a robbery.

The investigation revealed that the victim was outside the store when three men wearing masks approached him. One of the men held him at gunpoint and demanded money, while the other two went into the store. The victim attempted to escape the situation and ended up in an altercation with the suspect who was holding him at gunpoint, who assaulted him about the head with the firearm. The suspect then took cash from the victim, while the other two suspects took cash out of the store’s register. The suspects then fled the area in a silver 4-door sedan, traveling westward.

The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital via ambulance, where he was treated for the injuries he received in the incident.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

VIPD Seek Suspects in Assualt Cases

February 13, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The VIPD is searching for Shamal Riviere. Riviere is wanted for 1st Degree Assault.

Riviere is a 29-year-old Black male, 5 feet 10 inches in height, and weighs 140 pounds. He has black hair in dreadlocks and brown eyes, has a tattoo that reads “Indian” on right arm and a tattoo that reads “SFG” on his left arm. He frequents Estate Sion Farm.

Also, the VIPD is requesting the community’s assistance in locating Sol Belinda Garcia. Garcia is wanted for 3rd Degree Assault.

Garcia is a 44-year-old Hispanic female, 5 feet 2 inches in height, and weighs 167 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes, a rose with “Misael” tattoo on the right side of her neck, a hearts and dollar signs tattoo on the left side of her neck, a panther tattoo on her back, and a hearts with “Andy” and “Sol” tattoo on her right leg. Garcia frequents Lower Love Service Station.

The VIPD is asking for the community’s help in locating Garcia. Anyone who encounters her or knows her whereabouts are asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

St. Thomas Man Found with Guns, Arrested

February 13, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 13 approximately 1:25 p.m., Special Operations Bureau officers arrested Korda Cornelius, age 45 of Contant Knolls, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Officers were on Raphune Hill on traffic enforcement with they observed a vehicle with the windshield heavily tinted. They initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle and noticed the odor of marijuana coming from it. That prompted officers to search the vehicle, where they found two firearms of different calibers. Upon finding the firearms, Cornelius was placed under arrest.

Bail for Cornelius was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Korda Cornelius

Major Accident on St. Croix's SouthShore Rd Leaves 1 Dead & 1 Injured.

February 12, 2020

ST. CROIX. USVI – On Feb. 11 at around 1:28 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a one-car accident on South Shore Road, just west of the Catherine’s Rest intersection.

Officers arrived on scene and found the vehicle, a black 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, on its roof. The occupants were thrown out of the vehicle in the accident. The driver of the vehicle, 28-year-old Deshea D. Douglas, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The passenger was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital for treatment and was listed in stable condition.

Investigation revealed that excessive speed may have been a factor in the accident, and the occupants of the vehicle were not wearing their seat belts.

St. Croix Woman Arrested on Warrant for Forging Signature on Check

February 11, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 10 at around 6:06 p.m., Kaminah Davis, age 29 of Estate St. John, turned herself in to detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit after learning of a warrant for her arrest. Davis was charged with Grand Larceny, Obtaining Money by False Pretense, Forgery and Identity Theft.

The investigation revealed that sometime in 2019, Davis intentionally forged her mother’s signature on a check from an organization and wrote the check for over $4,000. Davis then electronically deposited the check into her mother’s Banco Popular account, knowing that she nor her mother was employed at the organization.

Davis’ bail was set at $35,000. Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights Hearing.

The community is encouraged to report incidents of economic crime by calling 911, the Economic Crime Unit at (340) 778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222- TIPS.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Attempted Robbery

February 10, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 9 at approximately 10:50 p.m., police arrested Dierre McLittle, age 31 of Constitution Hill, and charged him with 1st Degree Attempted Robbery.

Investigation revealed that McLittle attempted to rob an individual in the parking lot of Kmart Department store in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center.

Bail for McLittle was set at $10,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advice of rights hearing.

St. Thomas Man Dies After Being Hit by Car

February 8, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 7 at approximately 8:29 p.m., a dark-colored vehicle traveling west on Moravian Highway in the vicinity of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency headquarters hit a pedestrian who was crossing the roadway heading north.

The pedestrian, identified by next of kin as 55-year-old Rodney George, was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance, but succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the accident.

The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene after the accident.

The incident is under investigation by the VIPD Traffic Investigation Bureau.

 

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Possession of Assault Rifle

February 7, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 6 at approximately 7:57 p.m., Jahcori Potter, age 20 of the Bovoni Housing Community, was arrested by VIPD officers and charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Officers were dispatched to the Bovoni Housing Community, in reference to shots being fired. The officers conducted an inspection of the area and attempted to conduct interviews with residents when Potter grabbed a backpack and fled the area. Officers pursued Potter, and he threw the backpack in nearby bushes during the chase. Officers continued pursuing Potter until they apprehended him in the bushes. Officers retrieved the backpack, finding a high-powered assault inside of it. As a result, Potter was placed under arrest.

Bail for Potter was set at $25,000, which he was not able to post. He was subsequently remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing

Man Robbed in Estate Honduras

February 7, 2020

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 6 at around 11:38 a.m., police were dispatched to the Delicia Bar & Restaurant in Estate Honduras in reference to a robbery.

The initial police report states that the victim was sitting in his vehicle outside of the establishment when two suspects approached him. One of the suspects demanded money, at which he responded that he had none. The suspect threatened to shoot the victim and brandished a firearm, so the victim handed the suspect his wallet that contained cash. Both suspects fled the area in a vehicle up Crown Mountain Road.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information that can help solve this crime is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

St.Croix Man Wanted for Murder Turns Himself In

February 6 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 5 at around 10:39 a.m., police arrested Edictor “Puddy” Esquillin, age 34 of Concordia West, on a warrant for 1st Degree Attempted Murder.

Esquillin was identified as the individual who stabbed the victim on Nov. 19, 2019 causing injuries that required medical attention out of the territory. Esquillin turned himself in to police after learning of the warrant for his arrest.

Bail for Esquillin was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing. The VIPD would like to thank the public for its cooperation as we searched for this individual. We continue to encourage anyone with information on crimes to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS..

Havensight Jewelry Store Robbed

.February 5, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 5 at around 10:07 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a robbery that occurred at the Glitters Jewelry Store, located in Havensight.

According to store employees, two masked men rushed into the store, both armed with guns. The men jumped over the counter. One man held the employees at gunpoint while the other man grabbed an unknown number of gold chains that were hanging on the wall behind the counter. The men then exited the store, fleeing in an unknown direction.

The community’s assistance is needed to find the perpetrators of this act. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5608 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Domestic Assault

February 5, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 5 at approximately 4:15 p.m., police placed Jason E. Raymond, age 39 of Agnes Fancy, under arrest for 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

The investigation revealed that on Jan. 14, Raymond assaulted the victim after a disagreement. The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Raymond was not offered bail as per the Virgin Islands' domestic violence laws. He was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing

Jason E. Raymond

One Person Shot & Killed on St. John, Victim Identified as 32-year-old Jahlil Ward

February 4, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – On Feb. 4, at approximately 9:15 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of the Pine Peace basketball court in reference to a gunshot victim. Officers found an unresponsive black male slouched over in the driver’s seat of a dark-colored vehicle. The male sustained gunshots about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians on scene concluded that the victim did not have any vital signs.

The male was identified by next of kin as 32-year-old Jahlil Ward. This homicide is under investigation by the Major Crime Unit.

Any persons having information regarding this incident area asked to call 911, the Major Crime Unit at (340) 774-2211, extension 5569, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

St. Thomas Man Found with Drugs, Arrested

February 4, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 31 at about 10:11 p.m., Special Operations Bureau officers on saturated patrol in Red Hook arrested Hakim Potter, age 38 of Dronnigens Gade, and charged him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

Officers were in the vicinity of Bernie’s Bar when they noticed the odor of marijuana coming from a group of males. Police approached the group and Potter, who was part of the group, started acting suspiciously, which prompted officers to search his belongings. Officers found marijuana and cocaine packaged for distribution.

Bail for Potter was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing. The VIPD encourages everyone with information on crimes to call 911, Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477, or the VIPD at (340) 774-2211

Man Arrested in Recent Mariendahl Robbery

February 4, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 4 at approximately 8:45 a.m., 19-year-old Jevon Thomas of Bovoni was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Robbery, Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, 2nd Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, three counts of Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Grand Larceny, Conspiracy and Unauthorized Possession of Ammunition.

Investigation revealed that Thomas was one of four suspects in an incident that occurred in Estate Mariendahl on Feb. 2, where the victim was robbed of his jewelry at gunpoint near his home.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. The VIPD urges anyone with information that can help solve this crime to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

Jevon Thomas

Mask Gunmen Rob St. Thomas Business on Monday Afternoon

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 3 at approximately 1:05 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of an armed robbery that had occurred at Rosa’s Place in Anna’s Fancy.

The initial report said that 2 unknown suspects dressed in all black with masks covering their faces entered the establishment through the rear entrance. Once inside, the suspects took money and other personal items from the business’ employees at gunpoint, then exited the establishment and fled in a vehicle in an unknown direction.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 774-2211 extension 5556 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. 

Burglars Broke into the Dept. of Agriculture Complex on STX & Stole Safe With Thousands of Dollars Inside

February 3, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 28 at approximately 7:46 a.m., a 3rd Degree Burglary was reported at the VI Department of Agriculture offices in Estate Lower Love.

According to the preliminary report, employees of the Department of Agriculture arrived at the location to find that a window at the Administrative building was damaged. The building was inspected by employees, and they found that a safe containing cash and checks was removed from the building, as well as other items. The scene was processed by VIPD Forensic Unit detectives for items of evidentiary value.

This incident is under investigation. The VIPD and the Department of Agriculture are asking members of the community who may have information that will lead to finding the perpetrators of this act to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Following an Attempted Kidnapping in Frederiksted, VIPD Offers Tips on Prevention

February 3, 2020

There was an attempted kidnapping in the Hannah's Rest area of St. Croix and police are investigating the incident 

According to Police, on January 30, the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report.

The report indicated that the victim, who is a minor, was forced into a white van by two males wearing ski masks but managed the escape her attackers. 

Meanwhile, the VIPD is urging residents to protect themselves by being cautious and offers the following tips:

*Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid being distracted by your phone, and do not use headphones or earbuds until you are at your destination.

*Do not accept rides from strangers. Once you get into a stranger’s car, you are at their mercy. They could either incapacitate you or hold you hostage and you might not have an opportunity to defend yourself.

*Trust your instincts. If things do not feel right, trust your gut and seek help.

 

Man in Stable Condition Following Motorcycle Accident on STT

February 2nd, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Feb. 1 at approximately 5:26 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a motorcycle accident in the vicinity of the Fortuna Townhouses.

The operator of the motorcycle, a 42-year-old man of Lindbergh Bay who was conscious at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, told police that he was traveling on the roadway and observed a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road. He attempted to avoid a head-on collision with the vehicle and lost control of his motorcycle, hitting a wall. The operator of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital via private vehicle. He was not wearing protective headgear and received injuries to his head and other parts of his body as a result of the crash. He was listed in stable condition, and arrangements were being made for him to be flown out of the territory for further medical treatment.

This accident is under investigation. Anyone with information in this matter is urged to call 911 or the Traffic Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211

VIPD Investigating 1st Degree Robbery

February 2nd, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 31, at approximately 11:58 p.m., police received a report of a 1st Degree Robbery in Estate Mariendahl.

The victim reported that he arrived at his residence when an unknown male with a shirt covering his face jumped out of a vehicle and attempted to steal his jewelry. The victim resisted, and three other unknown males with their faces covered exited the same vehicle and pointed handguns at him. The first suspect then removed the victim’s jewelry, and the suspects left the area in an unknown direction.

This incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 911, the VIPD at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Three Persons Charged with Passing Counterfeit Bills

Three Persons Charged with Passing Counterfeit Bills

January 31, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 31at about 7:30 a.m., police arrested Jose Rodriguez, age 28, Kenisha Hendrickson, age 35, and Wendyann Joseph, age 25, all of Bethlehem Village, and charged them with Passing Forged Bills or Notes, Obtaining Money by False Pretense and Grand Larceny.

Investigation revealed that on September 6, 2019, while employed at Cost-U-Less, Hendrickson and Joseph were observed on surveillance switching a sum of money in counterfeit bills that Hendrickson received from Rodriguez with another employee’s daily cash proceeds without that employee’s knowledge.

Bail was set at $50,000 for each suspect. Unable to post bail, they were all remanded at the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearing. If you have knowledge of money being stolen from a business or an elderly person, please call 911, the Economic Crimes Unit at (340) 778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Man Extradited to St. Thomas and Charged with Gun In Connection to Exclusive Nightclub Shooting

January 31, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 30 at approximately 4:40 p.m., police arrested Charlie Manuel Castillo Borg, age 26 of Estate Adrian, St. John, on a warrant for Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Unauthorized Possession of Ammunition.

This arrest is in connection the shooting at the Exclusive Bar & Lounge Nightclub in Contant on Dec. 22, 2019 that left 2 people dead. Major Crime Unit detectives learned that Borg had fled to Puerto Rico. He was detained in Puerto Rico and extradited back to the territory to face his charges.

Bail for Borg was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

The VIPD urges anyone with information on crimes to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIP

Charlie Manuel Castillo Borg

Man and Woman Arrested for Simple Assault

January 31, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 27 at around 10:30 a.m., officer arrested Kiwayne Cruickshank, age 23 and Jahmisha Bethelmie, age 22, both of Harborview Apartments, and charged them with Simple Assault and Battery.

Cruickshank and Bethelmie were arrested for assaulting an individual in the presence of a police officer.

Both individuals were released on their own recognizance by the Superior Court

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St. Croix Man Suffers Gunshot Injury in Barren Spot

ST. CROIX, USVI - On Jan. 28 at approximately 11:36 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital to investigate a report of a gunshot victim. The 911 Emergency Call Center then relayed that the incident occurred in Barren Spot. Upon the officers’ arrival to the location of the shooting, they discovered an unoccupied vehicle with the engine still running that had bullet holes.

Officers eventually found the driver of the vehicle who stated that he was ambushed by four black males in Barren Spot who fired upon his vehicle. He said that his passenger was shot, however, he was able to escape and obtain medical assistance for his passenger. The gunshot victim received treatment for his injuries at the hospital.

The matter is being investigated by detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any information from the community is needed and welcomed. Please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS with information.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Domestic Burglary

January 29, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 28 at around 11:16 p.m., VIPD officers arrested Simba Parker, age 33 of Mount Pleasant, Frederiksted, and charged him with 2nd Degree Burglary, Domestic Violence and Destruction of Property, Domestic Violence.

Earlier that evening, at around 8:50 p.m., the victim called the 911 Emergency Call Center to report that Parker, who is her children’s father, was attempting to break into her home while she and her minor children were inside. Officers traveled to the location and found Parker in the female’s residence and detained him without incident. The officers also observed damages to the residence’s window and bedroom door.

Parker was not offered bail as per the territory’s domestic violence statutes. He was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

Simber Parker

Update:Woman Found Dead in Hospital Ground, Autopsy Reveals She Died of Natural Causes

January 28, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 28 at around 6:41 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a female lying on the roadway unresponsive in Hospital Ground. Officers were dispatched and they found the female in the Estate Thomas residential community. EMS was contacted, and Emergency Medical Technicians on scene confirmed the victim had no vital signs.

The victim was identified by next of kin as 60-year-old Valerie Tyson Clarke.

Officers of the VIPD Traffic Investigation Bureau are confirming that 60-year-old Valerie Tyson Clarke, a woman who was found on the ground unresponsive in Estate Thomas Tuesday, died of natural causes, based on the results of an autopsy.

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St.Thomas Woman Arrested After Incident at Antilles School

January 28, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan 24 at approximately 7:19 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Antilles School in reference to an altercation, and then were updated that shots were fired in the area.

The preliminary report states that two women who are providing contracted work for the school had a verbal altercation that became physical. One of the women then retrieved her legally licensed firearm, shot two rounds in the air, and then pointed it at the other woman.

On Jan. 28 approximately 7:30 p.m., police arrested Angelica V. Lee, age 40 of Dronningens Gade, Charlotte Amalie, and charged her with Discharging/Aiming a Firearm, 3rd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Use of Firearm During Crime of Violence, Possession of Firearm Within 1000 Feet of a School; Brandishing, Exhibiting or Using Deadly Weapon and Disturbance of the Peace in connection to this incident.

Bail for Lee was set at $66,000, which she was unable to post. Lee was then remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

 

Angelica Lee

Three Men Robbed in Downtown Frederiksted

January 28, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 27 at approximately 1:10 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a 1st Degree Robbery that occurred on Queen Street, Frederiksted.

According to preliminary information, three Hispanic males were in downtown Frederiksted. Recognizing their vehicle had a flat tire, they went to the nearby establishments seeking assistance. As they were walking back to their vehicle, they were robbed of money at gunpoint by unknown individuals, described as four black males. The victims stated that the suspects left the area in an unknown direction. No one was hurt in the incident.

This case is presently under investigation. Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Croix Woman Charged with Impaired Driving

January 28, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI - On Jan. 26 at approximately 5:11 p.m., Rashema A. George was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor, Negligent Driving, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

The police report stated that George was involved in an auto accident with another vehicle on Queen Mary Highway, at the Sunshine Mall stoplights, and left the scene. The driver of the other car flagged an officer down and reported the accident, along with the license plate of the vehicle that left the scene. Officers were able to locate the vehicle a short time afterwards, contacted George and noticed the strong odor of alcohol on her breath. The Field Sobriety tests were administered as a result, which George failed. She was then placed under arrest.

George surrendered her Virgin Islands Driver’s License in lieu of bail and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court for her Advice of Rights hearing the next day

Rashema A. George

Man Arrested for Stealing Cars from Dealership

January 28, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 27 at approximately 4:14 p.m., police arrested 18-year-old Jaquan George of Annas Retreat and charged him with 3rd Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny, Aiding and Abetting, and Possession of Stolen Property.

On Jan. 13, officers were dispatched to Mitchell Auto Sales, where the manager reported that two vehicles were missing from the lot, and a window of the business was broken. A thorough investigation revealed that George and a minor were the suspects in this matter. The suspects apparently drove the vehicles out of the lot and kept the vehicles in their possession.

Bail for George was set at $50,000, which he could not post. He was subsequently remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

 

Jaquan George

St. Croix Three-Year-Old Boy Hit by Vehicle in Parking Lot

January 28, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 26 at approximately 11:33 a.m., police were dispatched to the parking lot at Plaza Extra West in Mount Pleasant in reference to a pedestrian vehicular accident.

According to the police report, a three-year-old boy ran out into the parking lot in front of a moving vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stopped, but the boy’s leg was impacted by the vehicle. The boy was assisted by his mother and other witnesses and he was rushed to the Juan F. Luis Hospital by his mother. He was listed in stable condition.

Man Arrested for Domestic Assault

January 26, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 23 at around 11:57 p.m., police arrested Yahya K. Daniel, age 40 of Estate St. John was arrested and charged with Simple Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence.

Investigation revealed that Daniel assaulted a woman with whom he has an intimate relationship, leaving her with visible injuries.

No bail was set for Daniel, as per the domestic violence statutes, pending his Advice of Rights Hearing.

Yahya K. Daniel

Burglary Reported in Estate Paradise

January 26, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 23 at 4:04 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a burglary at Estate Paradise. Upon the patrol officers’ arrival, they contacted the complainant who stated that her home was burglarized while her minor children were inside. The suspect entered the home through a back window and stole numerous items.

This case is under investigation. Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Croix Resident Who Supplied Over 20 Kilos of Cocaine at the Cyril E. King Airport for Transport Pleads Guilty to Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute

January 26, 2020

St. Thomas, USVI –Jakwaan Sweeny, Jr., 21, of St. Croix, pleaded guilty in District Court before Judge Curtis Gomez, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

According to court records, on September 24, 2018, Sweeney provided Shahime Ludvig, Jr. with 22.78 kilos of cocaine at the Cyril E. King Airport and a plane ticket to Atlanta. The cocaine was packaged as 20 individualized bricks and placed in a checked bag. Once in Atlanta, the coconspirator was to deliver the cocaine to another member of the cocaine conspiracy.

On the day of travel, Sweeney’s co-conspirator entered the Cyril E. King Airport and checked the bag for the flight. During routine screening, a specially trained narcotics detection canine "alerted" on the bag. Customs and Border Protection officers in St. Thomas opened the bag and discovered the cocaine. Homeland Security Investigations arrested Ludvig prior to him boarding the flight. Ludvig entered a guilty plea in federal court in 2018.

Under federal law, Sweeney faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000,000.

Business Owner Arrested for Delivering Worthless Paychecks

January 24, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 24 at approximately 7 a.m., detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit arrested Jerome Joseph, age 46 of Estate Pastory, St. John, on a warrant for six counts each of Drawing and Delivering Worthless Checks and Obtaining Money by False Pretense.

On Oct. 7, 2019, six men who were employees of StrongHouse Construction, LLC, a business owned by Joseph, filed a police report in reference to receiving worthless checks. The men indicated that they performed construction work for Joseph during the month of August 2019. They said that they received their paychecks that were postdated for Oct. 3, 2019. The men indicated on Oct. 2, 2019, Joseph notified them not to cash their checks since he had no money to pay them and he did not know when he would be able to pay them.

On Nov. 8, 2019 Joseph admitted to detectives that when he wrote the checks, he knew he did not have enough money in his bank accounts to cover them.

Bail for Joseph was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing

Jerome Joseph

Estate Sion Farm Shooting: Victim Suffered Multiple Gunshot Wounds

Updated on January 24, 2020 

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 22 at about 9:51 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots being fired in Sion Farm. While traveling to the scene, officers received word that a gunshot victim was being transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital via private vehicle.

Officers arrived to the hospital and learned that the victim at the hospital was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds, and that the vehicle that transported him to the hospital was also impacted by gunshots. The victim is in stable condition.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

 

St. Croix Dog Owner Arrested on Warrant After Man Attacked

January 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 22 at approximately 6:20 a.m., Elson A. Jones was arrested pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court. Jones was charged with 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Registration, Confinement and Confiscation of Dangerous Dogs, Ferocious, Vicious or Mischievous Animals and Dogs Running at Larges arrested pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court. 

On Sep. 4, 2019 at around 7:00 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen who reported that an individual in Estate Clifton Hill was being attacked by several dogs that belonged to Jones, who lived close by. Officers found an 84-year-old man with multiple dog bite wounds about the body. Preliminary investigation revealed that the man was in his yard when the pack of dogs attacked him. Neighbors heard the man screaming and the commotion of dogs attacking and went to his aid to defend the man from the attack.

The victim sustained multiple severe bite wounds to his feet, leg, hands and face and was taken to the Juan Luis Hospital for treatment. He was later airlifted to Puerto Rico for further medical treatment.

Jones voluntarily surrendered the dogs to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. The dogs were removed from the area and transported to the VIPD K-9 Facility for the night. The dogs were eventually humanely euthanized due to their dangerous potential and at Jones’ request. Bail for Jones was set at $10,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advice of rights hearing

Elson A. Jones

St. Thomas Man Arrested After Assaulting Man with Gun

January 22,2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 21 at around 11:56 p.m., police arrested Vincent Wiltshire, Jr., age 31 of Estate Lang Math, and charged him with 3rd Degree Assault, Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Brandishing and Exhibiting and Reckless Endangerment.

Officers were dispatched to the Veggie Plus Restaurant in Four Winds Plaza and were told by the victim that he was at the bar when Wiltshire approached him and asked him what he was looking at. The victim stated that Wiltshire then assaulted him with a handgun. The victim sustained a laceration to his face and was treated at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital and released.

Bail for Wiltshire was set at $100,000, which he was unable to post. Wiltshire was subsequently remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

The VIPD encourages everyone with information on crimes to call 911 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Vincent Wiltshire, Jr

St. Thomas Man Charged with 2nd Degree Domestic Assault

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 22 at approximately 7 p.m., 27-year-old Merwin C. Potter, Jr. of Estate Bovoni turned himself in to detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit, who arrested and charged him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

On Jan. 20, officers were dispatched to Annas Retreat in reference to an assault. The victim stated that Potter, who is her former boyfriend, entered her residence without permission and assaulted her while he was in possession of a firearm. The victim sustained minor injuries in the incident.

Potter was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing. No bail was set as per local domestic violence laws.

Merwin C. Potter, Jr

Man Arrested in Connection to Castle Coakley Shooting

January 22, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 21 at about 3:13 p.m., Abijah Isaac, age 20 of Sion Farm, turned himself in to police after learning that he was a person of interest in the shooting that occurred in Castle Coakley on Sunday that left three people injured.

Isaac, who was out on bail after being arrested on Jan. 11 for 2nd Degree Burglary, was positively identified by witnesses as one of the persons who opened fire in the community.

Bail for Isaac was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

VIPD is appreciative of those individuals who provided information with regards to this investigation. Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Abijah Isaac

St. John Man Suffers Gunshot Injury in Attempted Robbery

January 21, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – On Jan. 21 at approximately 1:54 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Myra Keating Smith Clinic in Cruz Bay in reference to a gunshot victim.

Investigation revealed that the victim was walking to his residence when an unknown individual wearing a black ski mask attempted to rob him of his jewelry at gunpoint. A physical altercation ensued between the victim and the suspect for the weapon, and a single gunshot went off, injuring the victim.

The suspect fled the scene. The victim sustained one gunshot wound in the incident, and he is in stable condition at this time. This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Suffers Gunshot Wound, Suspect Arrested

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 20 at approximately 5:45 p.m., police arrested Michael D. Rhymer, age 65 of Estate Tutu, and charged him with 3rd Degree Assault.

Detectives were dispatched to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital in reference to a gunshot victim. The victim stated that he was at the BreakTime Bar in the area of Market Square when he heard a verbal altercation outside the bar. The victim then stated that after a brief conversation with Rhymer about what happened outside, Rhymer shot the victim. The victim was transported via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, and he is in stable condition.

Rhymer, who is a retired Corrections Officer, admitted to shooting the victim and surrendered his licensed firearm to officers. He was placed under arrest, and he is awaiting his Advice of Rights Hearing at Superior Court.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

3 More Individuals Shot in Castle Coakley Sunday Morning

January 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is confirming that three persons were shot in Castle Coakley this morning. 911 was notified of shots fired at 9:40 a.m.

Reports are that the victims, two males and one female, are receiving treatment at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. More information will be forthcoming as details become available

Minnesota Fugitive Arrested on St.Thomas Airport

January 19, 2020

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 17 at approximately 3:45 p.m., Raquel Antoinette Huff, age 24 of Oakland, CA, was flagged by Customs and Border Protection at the Cyril E. King Airport for having an active warrant. Huff was detained by VIPD detectives and transported to the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex, where they confirmed that the State of Minnesota had a warrant for her arrest for failing to report to probation as directed. Officials in Minnesota stated that they will extradite Huff and requested that she not be offered bail. Huff was then placed under arrest and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending her extradition hearing.

The VIPD encourages everyone with information on crimes to call 911, Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477, or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211.

Robbery Reported in Estate Glynn

January 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 19 at approximately 2:48 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched the officers to Robbery in Estate Glynn.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was at the location when he heard footsteps. The victim stated that two black males wearing all black with their faces covered pointed a gun at him and demanded money. The victim told the suspects that he did not have any money and went into another room, where he was assaulted by the suspects. The suspects then left the area.

One suspect was described as tall and slim, about 5 feet 10 inches in height. The other suspect was described as short, about 5 feet 6 inches in height.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

Gyasi Chiverton Shot to Death in Castle Coakley

 

January 18, 2020

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 18 at 12:11 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in Castle Coakley in the vicinity of Thomas Bakery. Officers arrived at the scene and found a male on the ground with gunshot wounds about the body. The victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified as 22-year-old Gyasi Chiverton.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-TIPS.

Man Succumbs to Gunshot Wounds in Contant

January 18, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 17, at approximately 7:22 p.m., police were notified about a shooting in Contant. Officers arrived at the scene and observed an unresponsive black male lying face up. Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim dead.

The victim was identified as Ferdinand N. Marshall. Officers worked long into the night to locate the perpetrator.

This case is presently under investigation by the Major Crime Unit. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5606, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Find Firearm During Traffic Stop, Man Arrested

January 18, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 16, at approximately 12:16 p.m., VIPD officers conducted a traffic stop a vehicle in Sugar Estate. The vehicle was heavily tinted and was recognized as a vehicle that was involved in another incident. The driver was instructed the to exit the vehicle and upon doing so, officers spotted a loaded magazine in the driver’s side door. The vehicle was subsequently searched, and a firearm was found.

The driver of the vehicle, Ke-ion K.S. Gabriel, age 18 of Oswald Harris Court, was arrested and charged with Unlicensed Possession of a Firearm and Unauthorized Possession of Ammunition. The passenger in the vehicle was a minor who was placed in protective custody and turned over the Juvenile Bureau.

Bail for Gabriel was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Injured in Fight, Suspect Arrested

January 16, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 15 at approximately 7:43 p.m., Antonio Matos, age 25 of Dronnigens Gade, Charlotte Amalie was arrested and charged with 1st Degree assault.

About an hour earlier, officers were dispatched to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in reference to an assault victim. Investigation revealed that a physical altercation ensued between the victim and Matos. During the altercation, Matos reportedly stabbed the victim. The victim drove himself to the hospital to receive medical treatment for his injuries, and he is in stable condition.

A witness to the incident told police where the suspect could be located. Matos was located at his residence and placed under arrest. Bail was set at $75,000, which Matos could not post. Matos was subsequently remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Antonio Matos

St. Thomas Man Wanted in Connection to a Homicide

January 15, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Police are looking for 20-year-old Antonio “Soda” Gooding in reference to a homicide that occurred on June 6, 2019 at Coki Point Beach.

Gooding is a Black male, six feet tall, and weighs 130 pounds.

The VIPD is asking anyone who knows Gooding’s whereabouts to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5554, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

A photograph was originally submitted that turned out not to be the suspect authorities searching for. The VIPD would like to sincerely apologize to the individual in the photograph, to his family, and to the community for submitting incorrect information

St. Thomas Man Found with Firearm, Ammunition, Drugs

January 15, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 9 at around 4:35p.m., officers of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative arrested Albert Douglas, Jr., age 41 of Tutu Valley, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Distribute and Possession of Ammunition.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Douglas on the Donoe Bypass. After stopping and exiting the vehicle momentarily, Douglas got back into the vehicle and left the scene. Officers followed Douglas to Estate Wintberg, where he was detained, and his vehicle searched. Officers found a controlled substance packaged for distribution and ammunition in the vehicle, and a pistol with a high-capacity magazine nearby. Officers were able to match the ammunition found in the vehicle with what was found in the weapon and concluded that Douglas was in possession of the weapon.

Bail for Douglas was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This incident is under investigation. Anyone having information concerning this matter is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

St. Croix Man Wanted for Attempted Murder

January 15, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The VIPD is searching for Edictor Manuel “Puddy” Esquillin. Esquillin is wanted for 1st Degree Attempted Murder.

Esquillin is a 34-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches in height, and weighs 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, has a tattoo of a tree and roses on his left shoulder, a tattoo of a tombstone on his upper left chest, a tattoo of a marijuana leaf on lower right abdomen, and tattoos of multicolored blocks, letters and star on left forearm. He frequents Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion, Frederiksted Vegetable Market, and Frederiksted Town.

The VIPD is asking for the community’s help in locating Esquillin. Anyone who encounters him or knows his whereabouts are urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Edictor Manuel “Puddy” Esquillin

St. Croix Man Arrested for October 2018 Murder

January 14, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 14 at 2:30 p.m., detectives of the Major Crime Unit arrested Voshon A. Vallarde, age 22 of Barren Spot, on an arrest warrant stemming from the murder of David Gonzalez on October 27, 2018, in the vicinity of Mutual Homes.

Vallarde’s bail was set at $1,000,000. Unable to post bail, Vallarde was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing

St. Croix Man Dies of Gunshot Wounds, Suspect Apprehended

January 12, 2020

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 11 at approximately 2:38 a.m., the 911 Call Center received a call of shots fired at a residence in Estate Sion Farm. Officers traveled to the location and found the body of an unresponsive male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The male individual, who died at the scene, was identified as 34-year-old Ray Thomas who was the resident at the location.

Later that day, at 6:23 p.m., police arrested Malik Iles, age 20 of Barren Spot, and charged him with 1st Degree Murder, Domestic Violence in connection with Thomas’ killing.

The VIPD would like to thank the public for its cooperation in the timely arrest in this case. We continue to encourage anyone with information on crimes to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Malik Isles

VIPD Firearms Unit Confiscates Assault Rifles at Cyril E. King Airport

Januar 12, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department, as part of our continued initiative of reducing gun violence in the Territory, intercepted five semi-automatic handguns of various calibers and two semi-automatic Assault Rifles. The individual attempted to bring the firearms into the Territory but did not disclose all the weapons. VIPD Firearms Investigation Unit confiscated the firearms and has launched an investigation into the background of the bearer and the origin of the weapons.

VIPD Firearms Investigation Unit enforces the Rules and Regulations, Laws, Policies and Procedures that govern the licensing of firearms within the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is also responsible for ensuring that applicants are properly investigated and meet all the qualifications required by law prior to being granted a firearms license. The Unit is also responsible for court presentations and home and business inspections. The Unit is the record keeper of all firearms registrations in the Territory.

The Firearms Unit recommends that you do not bring your mainland-licensed firearm into our islands if you will be visiting without contacting the Firearms Unit. Bringing unlicensed firearms into the Territory will result in those firearms being confiscated and you may be prosecuted in accordance to the laws of the US Virgin Islands. When traveling to the United States Virgin Islands, please call our office to find out our rules and regulations on firearms. Our law requires that if you come into the US Virgin Islands with a firearm, you must IMMEDIATELY contact the Firearms Unit at 340-778-2211 or 340-774-2211. You will be arrested if you are found in possession of an unregistered firearm.

Arrest Made in 2001 St. Thomas Murder

January 12, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 11 at approximately 4:40 p.m., 46-year-old Reynaldo Rafael Rivera, who was incarcerated on unrelated charges in Atlanta, GA, was placed under arrest pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by the Superior Court after being extradited to St. Thomas.

Rivera was charged with 1st Degree Murder in the killing of Kenric Troy Mason, who was shot and killed on Dec. 26, 2001 in the area of Market Square East.

No bail was set for Rivera, and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222- 8477.

 

 

Reynaldo Rivera

Man Stabbed in Estate Dorothea

January 10, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 9 at approximately 5:11 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Nidal Grocery Store located in Estate Dorothea in reference to a stabbing.

Investigation revealed that a verbal altercation between two males ensued inside of the grocery store that led into a physical altercation. The victim was stabbed several times about the body with a knife leaving him with multiple wounds. The suspect left the scene.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

St. Croix Man Wanted for Burglary

January 9, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is searching for Abijah Isaac. Isaac is wanted for 2nd Degree Burglary.

Isaac is a 20-year-old Black male, 5 feet 9 inches in height, and weighs 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, has a cross tattoo on his forehead, and the letters “SFG” tattooed on his left hand. He usually frequents Estate Sion Farm.

Please assist the VIPD in locating Isaac. Anyone who encounters him or knows his whereabouts are urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. 

Abijah Isaac

St. Croix Man Arrested in Attempted Robbery, Other Suspect at Large

January 9, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI - On Jan. 7 at 9:09 pm., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of an attempted robbery at the KFC restaurant in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center.

An officer patrolling in the area observed two suspicious males, dressed in black. The officer, aware of the robbery attempt, made contact with the two black males in the vicinity of Estate Strawberry, identified himself and directed the individuals to stop where they were. One of the suspects, later identified as Akemoi Simmonds, age 18 of Estate Rattan, complied with the directions. The second suspect, in possession of a firearm, discharged multiple rounds at the officer while running away from the officer. The officer evaded the gunshots and the second suspect escaped.

Simmonds was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and subsequently arrested. His bail was set at $25, 000. Simmonds was unable to post bail, and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477

Akemoi Simmonds

St. Thomas Man Wanted in Connection to a Homicide

January 8, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Police are looking for 20-year-old Antonio “Soda” Gooding in reference to a homicide that occurred on June 6, 2019 at Coki Point Beach.

Gooding is a Black male, six feet tall, and weighs 130 pounds.

The VIPD is asking anyone who knows Gooding’s whereabouts to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5554, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477

St.thomas Police Investigating Reported Sexual Assualt Incident

January 8, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 8 at approximately 12:52 p.m., a female victim reported to police that she was sexually assaulted. The victim stated that she went out with a male acquaintance and when he dropped her home, he forcibly sexually assaulted her.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Man Arrested in Exclusive Bar & Nightclub Shooting, Victims Identified

January 7, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 4 at around 10:50 a.m., Kenedy Francisco Estevez Pinales, age 26 of Enighed, St. John, was arrested on an arrest warrant and charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Destruction of Evidence and Grand Larceny.

Pinales was observed on surveillance video removing items from the scene of a shooting at the Exclusive Bar and Nightclub in Contant on Dec. 22, 2019, previously attributed to the Starz Hotel.

Bail for Pinales was set at $35,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending Advice of Rights Hearing.

Police have also identified the two men who died as a result of the shooting as Luis Castillo Agramonte, age 27 and Ivan de Aza, age 45. The investigation has revealed that de Aza was the suspect who shot three people at the establishment. de Aza was subsequently shot and killed.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident area asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5569, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

 

 

Kenedy Francisco Estevez Pinales

St. Croix Man Arrested for Cashing Counterfeit Check

January 7, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 7 at around 4:15 p.m., Jahmar Frederick, age 26 of Peters Farm, was arrested after turning himself in to police and charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Forgery, Passing Forged Bills or Notes, and Grand Larceny and Identity Theft.

.The investigation by detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit revealed that Frederick counterfeited a check, forged the signature of a business owner on the check and cashed it at a business.

Bail for Frederick was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, Frederick was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Jahmar Frederick

Victim of Fatal Pedestrian Accident Identified

January 7, 2020

 ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is identifying the victim of a fatal pedestrian accident Saturday on the Christiansted Bypass.

70-year-old Duane Hammond was crossing the roadway in the vicinity of the Peters Farm Condominiums when he was hit by a vehicle that was traveling west. Hammond was transported to the Juan Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance, but later died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

This incident is under investigation by the VIPD Traffic Investigation Bureau

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Domestic Assault

January 5, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 4 at approximately 5:30 p.m., 38-year-old Darbouze Pompee of Smith Bay was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

The victim in this incident reported that Pompee assaulted her. The victim sought medical attention at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital Emergency Room for her injuries.

No bail was set for Pompee as per the Domestic Violence Law. He was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5569 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Darbouze Pompee

Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle on St. Croix

January 5, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Jan. 4 at approximately 6:15 p.m., a vehicle traveling west on the Christiansted Bypass in the vicinity of Peters Farm Condominiums struck a pedestrian who was crossing the roadway.

The pedestrian, a 70-year-old Caucasian male, was transported to the Juan Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance, but later succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the accident.

His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

This incident is under investigation by the VIPD Traffic Investigation Bureau.

St. John Man Shot, Suspect in Custody

January 4, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – On Jan. 4 at approximately 2:09 a.m., police were notified of a gunshot victim on the ground in the area of the Bayside Mini Mart in Cruz Bay. Officers spoke to a witness at the scene who stated that the victim was in a verbal dispute with an unknown individual. The witness also said that the victim also shouted to her to move out the way and suddenly fell to the ground. The witness noticed that he was bleeding profusely. The witness said she did not know who may have fired gunshots at the victim.

The victim was transported to the Myrah Keating Clinic in Cruz Bay for treatment, then transported to St. Thomas, where he was then taken by ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital for additional treatment. The victim sustained gunshot wounds about the body and is in critical condition.

At 11:03 a.m., Lawrence Powell, Jr., age 30 of Grunwald, turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted for the assault. Powell admitted to shooting the victim, and was subsequently arrested and charged with Assault in the 1 st Degree. Powell was unable to post $75,000 bail and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Shooting Suspect Lawrence A. Powell

Update:Wanted St. Thomas Man Turns Himself in to Police

January 3, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Jan. 3 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Shekil Berthier, age 19 of Frydenhoj, turned himself in to police after learning that there was a warrant for his arrest.

Berthier was charged with 3 rd Degree Assault. Berthier was identified as the individual who discharged gunshots at a man in October 2019.

Bail for Berthier was set at $30,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing. This is an active investigation.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5610. They can also contact 911 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

STX Teen Suffers Possible Self-Inflicted Firearm Injury

December 31, 2019

ST. CROIX, USVI – A 15-year old male was wounded from a gunshot on early Tuesday morning, near the Festival Village in Frederiksted.

At approximately 3:17 a.m., VIPD officers responded to the playground area adjacent to the Festival Village, after a concerned citizen reported that a person was wounded by a gunshot. Upon arrival at the Midre Cummings Park, officers found the victim with a gunshot wound to the leg. Emergency Medical Services personnel stationed at the Village were summoned to treat the injury, and the victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center for further treatment. Detectives are investigating witness statements that this incident may be a result of a self-inflicted injury.

This case is currently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

St. Croix Man Wanted for Forgery & Others Charges Turned Himself to Authorities

December 31, 2019

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 30 at approximately 3:44 p.m., Malik Morton, age 26 of Lorraine Village turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted. He was arrested and charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Forgery, Uttering or Passing Forged or Counterfeited Matters, Possession of Forged Bills or Notes, Grand Larceny, and Identity Theft.

On April 5, 2018, detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation that revealed that Morton and three others used their true identities to cash a total of eight counterfeit checks using information from an account of a non-profit organization. Signatures were also forged on the counterfeited checks.

Bail for Morton was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, Morton was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

VIPD Warns Against Celebratory Gunfire for New Year’s Eve

ST. CROIX, USVI — The Virgin Islands Police Department is reminding the community of the dangers of celebratory gunfire for New Year’s Eve. It is illegal, dangerous and the consequences and can be significant and serious.

The discharge of a firearm into the air in celebration could cause serious harm. The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences can be disastrous for a neighbor or someone blocks away, because as the saying goes, “What goes up must come down.” A projectile shot into the air can come down and hit someone unintentionally.

The VIPD  will be deploying officers in specific areas of the territory that have the highest amount of illegal gun activity in recent years.

If you are thinking about discharging your firearm to celebrate the

Police Commissioner Urges Burglary Prevention This Festive Season

December 30, 2019

.ST. CROIX, USVI – VIPD Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor is again urging the public to avoid becoming a burglary victim this festive season. It is proven nationally that burglaries spike during the Christmas season. VIPD is urging the community not to place the empty boxes of appliances and televisions in front of their homes for trash pickup. “Break them down and dispose of them at the Waste Management Authority bins throughout the community,” Commissioner Velinor urged.

Five Persons Wanted for Unrelated Incidents by the Economic Crimes Unit

 December 29,2019

ST. CROIX, USVI – The following persons are wanted by the VIPD Economic Crimes Unit for unrelated matters:

Jahmar Akeem Frederick, age 26 is wanted for Aggravated Identity Theft. Frederick is a Black male, 6 feet tall, approximately 200 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.

Michael P. Delande, age 27 is wanted for Aggravated Identity Theft. Delande is a Black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, approximately 145 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.

Tatiana Rodriguez, age 35 is wanted for Grand Larceny and Obtaining Money Under False Pretense.

Rodriguez is a Hispanic female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.

Malik Morton, age unknown is wanted for Aggravated Identity Theft. Morton is a Black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, has a slim build, black hair, brown eyes, with a light complexion.

Noemi M. Martinez, age 22 is wanted for Aggravated Identity Theft. Martinez is a Hispanic female, black hair, brown eyes, with a light complexion.

These persons are asked to turn themselves in to police. Anyone having information on any of these persons’ whereabouts is asked to contact 911, the Economic Crimes Unit at (340) 778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

St. Croix Public School Burglarized

 December 29, 2019

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 26 at approximately 9:52 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a burglary at the John H. Woodson Jr High School. The following items were stolen:

6 gray colored Chromebook laptops,7 Lenovo laptops,1 DVR system.

The estimated value of the items exceeds $6,000.

This case is currently under investigation. The VIPD is asking the community’s assistance to retrieve these items. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime Tipline at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Stealing Mobile Phone

December 28, 2019

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 25 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Ala Zatar was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny. Zatar was positively identified as the person who stole a mobile phone at the Smart Mart Service Station on Dec. 8.

Zatar was unable to post $25,000 bail, and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, extension 5610, or Crime stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Ala Zatar

Early Morning Christmas Day Murder on St. Thomas

December 25, 2019

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 25 at approximately 4:15 a.m., the 911 Call Center was notified of a shooting outside the Banana Split Bar on Brookman Road. Officers were dispatched to the location where they found a man with gunshot wounds about the body. The victim was transported via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital and Medical Center, where he perished from his injuries. The victim was identified as 29-year-old Francois Champagne.

This case is being investigated by the Major Crime Unit. If you have information regarding this incident, please call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

31 Year Old Kalico Canton Killed in St. Thomas Gun Battle

December 24, 2019.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 23 at approximately 11:07 p.m., VIPD officers responded to the area of Hospital Ground after being notified of the sound of gunfire. Upon their arrival, officers located an individual in the roadway. Further examination revealed that the unresponsive male was shot about the body. The victim was subsequently identified as 31-year-old Kalico Canton.

VIPD seeks the assistance of anyone with information regarding the death of Mr. Canton. Any persons with information regarding this crime are asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5606, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Unauthorized Use of Vehicle and Burglary

December 24, 2019

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 23 at about 10:45 a.m., Matthew Brafford, age 34 of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and 3rd Degree Burglary in two separate incidents.

Brafford was identified as the person who removed a vehicle without permission from Crown Bay. In an unrelated matter, he was also identified in surveillance footage as one of the individuals that removed several tools from a business.

Bail for Brafford was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons with information regarding this crime are urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Matthew Brafford

Starz Hotel Shooting, St.Thomas: 4 Shot, 2 Killed

December 22, 2019 

On Dec. 22 at approximately 8:50 p.m., the 911 Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen that there were shots fired at Starz Hotel, located in Contant. Officers traveled to the location and found two unresponsive males with gunshot wounds about the body. Both males were pronounced dead at the scene by Emergency Medical Technicians. Two other gunshot victims were transported to Schneider Regional Medical for treatment. Their status is currently unknown.

The names of the deceased are being withheld until next of kin have been notified.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident area asked to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5569, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Staz Hotel In Estate Contant St. Thomas

St. Croix Man Arrested on Forgery and Other Charges

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 19 at approximately 11:53 a.m., detectives from the Virgin Islands Police Department Economic Crimes Unit arrested Akeem Stanley, age 26 who was being detained at the Bureau Corrections for an unrelated matter, on a warrant for Forgery, Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Grand Larceny, Possession of Forged Bills, Identity Theft and Uttering or Passing Forged or Counterfeited Matters.

In April 2018, an investigation was launched, revealing that Stanley and three other suspects used their true identities to cash several counterfeit checks written on the accounts of two local businesses. These checks were cashed at different locations on the island.

Bail for Stanley was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, Stanley was remanded back to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Akeem Stanley

One Dead & One Injured in St.Thomas Shooting

December 21, 2019

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 21 at approximately 11:50 a.m., VIPD was notified and responded to a shooting that occurred in the area of Nadir Circle. Detectives found an unresponsive male in the roadway with gunshot wounds about the body. A female victim was also struck by gunfire and was transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center for further medical treatment.

A male and a female were shot in this incident. The male victim, who has been identified as 27-year-old Jackeel L. Henry, was pronounced dead at the scene. There was no immediate status of the female victim’s condition.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. More information will be forthcoming as details become available

Another Armed Robbery on St. CRoix

December 21, 2019

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 20 at approximately 7:43 p.m., the 911 Call Center received a report of a robbery at the Subway restaurant in Golden Rock.

Investigation revealed that an unknown male entered the restaurant and demanded the employees open the cash register and the safe. The employees complied, and the suspect took money from both places. The suspect then left the area in an unknown vehicle.

The suspect was dressed in a dark hoodie with long light jeans and had on sunglasses.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

Vehicles Stolen from Car Rental Agency on St. Thomas

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 20 at approximately 7:15 PM, a local car rental agency reported that several rental vehicles were missing from the agency’s parking lot.

The report stated that the access gate was secured by an employee the night before. The following morning, several vehicles were discovered missing from the business parking lot.

VIPD has located four vehicles stolen from the rental agency and continues its investigation of the additional missing vehicles.it is estimated that 8 more are still unaccounted for. VIPD has provided a listing of thos vehicles and thier serial numbers.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

List of Vehicles Missing from St.Thomas Car Agency

Sunny Isle Businesses Robbed

December 19, 2019

Updated

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 19 at approximately 6:40 PM, the 911 Call Center received a report of a robbery in progress at the Champs shoe store in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center. Officers responded to the location. Investigation revealed that two masked males with guns entered the store and demanded money. The suspects pointed their firearms at employees and directed the opening of cash registers. An employee opened the register and the suspect took an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects then fled the area.

Another incident occured just hours after in the same Shopping Center. The 911 Center recieved a report of a robbery at Pizza Hut in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center around 9:04 p.m.

Investigation revealed that an unknown male entered the restaurant brandishing a firearm and demanded the manager open the cash register. The manager complied, and the man took the money out of the register and left the area. The man was described as being 6 feet tall, between 180 and 190 pounds with a dark complexion, dressed in gray Army fatigues, a gray nylon jacket, and

These cases are presently under investigation. If anyone has any information, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

19 Year Old St. Croix Man Arrested on Warrant for Murder

December 19, 2019

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 19 at 10:45 a.m., police arrested Augustus A. Martin, age 19 of John F. Kennedy Terrace and charged him with Murder in the 1st Degree.

Martin was arrested on a warrant in connection to the homicide of Jeremie St. Rose on Nov.10.

Bail for Martin was set at $1,000,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

Augustus A. Martin,

St. Croix Grocery Store Robbed at Gunpoint

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 16 at approximately 8:43 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to a Robbery at Supersave Grocery in Estate Concordia.

Investigation revealed that an unknown black male entered the store and walked behind the counter where the store owner and another employee were standing. The male pointed a gun at them and demanded that they open the cash register from where he took the days proceeds and a cell phone. The suspect then ordered both individuals on the floor and left the area.

The suspect was described as short and wearing a purple hooded jacket. The suspect hid his face with the hoodie and his hand. No injuries were reported.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

Updated: Police on St. Croix Arrested Suspect in Identity Theft Case

December 18, 2019

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 19 at approximately 2:30 p.m., detectives of the VIPD Economic Crimes Unit arrested Marjorie Harry on a warrant for Aggravated Identity Theft, Forgery, Obtaining Money by False Pretense, Grand Larceny, and Fraudulent use of a Credit Card.

In June 2018, detectives initiated an investigation that revealed that Harry, along with her co-conspirator Ivia Rivera, allegedly forged an elderly female’s signature on documents and split the stolen money between themselves.

Bail for Harry was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, Harry was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Marjorie Harry

Residents of Peters Rest Alarmed by Gunshots

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 16 at approximately 9:42 p.m., a concerned citizen reported that an unknown male driving a white truck discharged a firearm in the Peter’s Rest area. Police interviewed witnesses who said that a man who may have been drinking had threatened to point a gun at them. The suspect left the area in a vehicle, but returned later, fired several shots in the air before driving away.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

VIPD & Office of Highway Safety Step Up Campaign on 'Drunk Driving'

December 18, 2019

This holiday season, the Virgin Islands Police Department/Office of Highway Safety (VIPD/VIOHS) is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. We’ll be working together to remind everyone of the importance of planning a sober ride home before heading out to enjoy the holiday festivities.

The Impaired Driving campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving. According to NHTSA, 10,511 of the 2018 crash fatalities occurred in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08. That’s nearly 1 person every 48 minutes. In the USVI we had 4 fatalities in 2018 and thus far 3 in 2019 due crashes involving a drunk driver. The holidays prove to be extra dangerous to drivers as there are increased festivities during the holiday season.

Commissioner Trevor Velinor reminds everyone that: “The holidays are a special time for every community, and it’s more important than ever for us to stress the importance of safe driving habits. We are aware that everyone is rushing around, finishing those last-minute errands and attending various holiday parties. Drinking and driving should never be combined. It’s essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, of pedestrians, or of other drivers and passengers nearby. Help us spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many. So, this holiday season, and every day, remember: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”; If You Feel Different, You Drive Different; Drive High – Get a DUI”.

Non-Fatal Shooting in St. Thomas

December 17, 2019

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 16 at approximately 5:12 p.m., officers responded to a shooting that occurred at the Crown Bay Marina. Investigation revealed that the male victim was shot while sitting in a vehicle. The victim was transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center to receive medical treatment. The male victim is currently in stable condition.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-221, extension 5610. They can also contact 911 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477

Man and Woman Stabbed in Lindberg Bay, St. Thomas

December 16, 2019

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 15 at approximately 4:49 a.m., police was dispatched to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital in reference to two stabbing victims. The victims, a man and a woman, reported that they were stabbed at the Caoba Spanish Bar, located in Lindberg Bay.

The female victim reported that she had a dispute with the suspect, who stabbed her and a male relative. Both victims were transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital via private vehicle, where they received medical treatment. The victims stated that they can positively identify the suspect who assaulted them.

Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Castle Coakley

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Dec. 13 at about 11:23 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Penthouse Rooftop in Castle Coakley regarding a robbery.

The victim reported that she was accosted by the suspect, who pointed a firearm at her and demanded money. The victim complied, and the suspect fled the area.

The victim stated that the suspect was wearing brown shirt, a mask and a dark colored pants. The suspect had a dark complexion, has a medium build, and was wearing aviator sunglasses with a gold frame. The white dust mask he had over his face had a yellow filter, and he had on a tan or brown jacket, and he had a Crucian dialect. Officers made a check of the area but did not find the suspect.

This case is presently under investigation. If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Robbery

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 14 at approximately 3:30 a.m., police arrested Teavon Browne and charged him with 1st Degree Robbery.

Browne was identified as the person who robbed the victims of jewelry and electronic devices at gunpoint.

Bail for Browne was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extension 5610. They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477, the Office of the Chief of Police at (340) 715-5548 or the Office of the Police Commissioner at (340) 715-5506.

Teavon Browne

St. Thomas Man Arrest on Warrant for Mayhem

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 13 at approximately 5 a.m., VIPD officers along with the U.S. Marshals Service, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Samuel Ariel Acosta de la Cruz on a warrant for Mayhem.

On Sep. 15, Ariel assaulted the victim by striking him with a bottle and stabbing him with an unknown object. The assault was caught on surveillance footage.

Bail for Acosta de la Cruz was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights Hearing.

 

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Grand Larceny

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 13 at around 2 p.m., police detectives arrested Jon Strain, age 53 of no fixed address, and charged him with Grand Larceny.

Strain was caught on surveillance video removing several tools from a vehicle parked in Subbase.

Bail for Strain was set at $20,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights Hearing.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

John Strain

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Man Arrested with Drugs, Firearm, Ammunition

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 7 at approximately 9:20 p.m., officers assigned to the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative arrested Jelani Walters and charged him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Ammunition.

Officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle operated by Walters in the Hospital Ground area. When officers approached the vehicle, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, which prompted a search of the vehicle. Marijuana, a firearm, and ammunition were found as a result of the search.

Bail for Walters was set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, Walters was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Jelani walters

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Burglary

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On Dec. 13 at approximately 2 p.m., Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives arrested Ryan Kendal Baskin, age 29 of no fixed address, and charged him with 3rd Degree Burglary.

Baskin was observed on surveillance and positively identified as one of the individuals that removed several tools from a business.

Bail for Baskin was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights Hearing.

Ryan Kendal Baskin

St. Croix Man Arrested for Breaking into High School

December 11, 2019

St. Croix, USVI – On Dec. 9 at 9:24 a.m., Adolphus Pennyfeather, Jr. age 33 of no fixed address was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Burglary.

The initial report states that a teacher at St. Joseph High School in Mt. Pleasant opened her classroom to find her desk ransacked and a man, later identified as Pennyfeather, laying on the floor. The teacher left the classroom to alert the school’s principal of what she found, and Pennyfeather left the area, only to be found by police a short time later with items stolen from the teacher’s desk.

Bail for Pennyfeather was set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, Pennyfeather was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Adolphus Penneyfeather


Police Seek Suspects in Sunny Isle Shooting

Decmber 10, 2019

St. Croix, USVI – On Dec. 5 at approximately 2:52 p.m., police officers were dispatched by the 911 Emergency Call Center to a discharging of shots incident that occurred at the Gas for Less Service Station near the Sunny Isle Shopping Center, with one gunshot victim traveling to the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

The preliminary report states that the victim had just left a business near the gas station when he encountered four males outside the business. Words were exchanged between the victim and the four males when one of the males pulled out a firearm. The victim stated that he attempted to leave the area quickly in his vehicle, and the male with the firearm began shooting at him. The victim realized he had been shot and drove himself to the hospital.

This incident is currently under investigation. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

St. Croix Police Made Arrests Identity Theft & Forgery Cases

December 9, 2019

St. Croix, USVI – On Dec. 9, officers from the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative Unit arrested Kaminah Davis of Estate St. John and Marissa Schneider of Clifton Hill, both age 29, on a warrant for Forgery, Acting in Assumed Character, and Conspiracy.

The investigation by detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit revealed that in March of this year, Davis, who is a former employee of a local pharmacy, advised Schneider to go into the pharmacy and request the complainant’s prescription.

Schneider then went into the pharmacy, acted like the complainant and forged the complainant’s signature without her permission in order to obtain the complainant’s prescription.

Bail for both women was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, Davis and Schneider were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights Hearing.

Also, on December 6, authorities arrested 26-year-old Ivia Rivera, charging her with Aggravated Identity Theft, Obtaining Money by False Pretense, Grand Larceny, and Conspiracy.

Investigation revealed that Rivera used a local bank’s database to print out a temporary check in the amount of $4,000.00 under an association’s account, retrieved the victim’s driver’s license and cashed the check without the victim’s knowledge. The victim is an elderly female.

Bail was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, Rivera was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights Hearing at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

From Top to Bottom: Kaminnah Davis, Ivia Rivera, Marrisa Schnieder

St. Croix Man Charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

December 9, 2019

St. Croix, USVI – On Dec. 8 at approximately 3:33 a.m., Wayne Sobratti, Jr. was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. Police were called to the scene of a one-car auto accident in Frederiksted. Upon arriving to the scene, officers noticed that the vehicle in question matched the description of a reported stolen vehicle. Sobratti, who was driving the vehicle, stated that the owner of the vehicle knew he had it. Officers contacted the owner of the vehicle who stated that she did not give Sobratti permission to use the vehicle. Sobratti was subsequently placed under arrest.

Bail for Sobratti was set at $10,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing. 

Wayne Sobratti


St. Croix Man Arrested for Aggravated Identity Theft

December 8,2019

St. Croix, USVI – On Dec. 7 at 9:02 p.m., officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department’s Special Operations Bureau arrested Eric Tushim, age 59 on a warrant for Aggravated Identity Theft, Obtaining Money By False Pretenses, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Embezzlement by Bailee, and Grand Larceny.

The investigation by detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit revealed that the complainant, who is an elderly male, gave Tushim a check to purchase a vehicle on his behalf, however Tushim purchased the vehicle in his own name without the owner’s permission. Tushim also used the victim’s Visa card without his knowledge.

Bail for Tushim was set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, Tushim was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

If you know of an elderly person that is being taken advantage of financially, or if you are an elderly victim of this type of crime, please call 911 or the Economic Crimes Unit at (340) 778-2211.

Eric Tushim


St. Thomas Man Arrested for 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence

December 8, 2019

St. Thomas, USVI – On Dec. 7 at 11:50 p.m., Alton Vidal, age 46 was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Domestic Violence.

The victim reported that Vidal assaulted her during a dispute. Vidal reportedly punched her several times and strangled her. The victim sustained injuries from the assault and sought medical attention at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital Emergency Room.

Vidal was contacted at his home and placed under arrest. He was not offered bail as per the Domestic Violence laws and was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569 or (340) 715-5535. They can also Contact 911, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477, the Office of the Chief of Police at (340) 715-5548 or the Office of the Police Commissioner at (340) 715-5506

Alton Vidal


Two Women Arrested for Identity Theft, Other Charges

December 8, 2019

.St. Croix, USVI – On Dec. 6 at 8:42 p.m., detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit arrested Sandra L. Madrigal and Michelle M. Mateo and are looking for two other suspects who used their true identities to cash counterfeit checks in excess of $14,000 dollars within the territory. The suspects allegedly counterfeited the checks using the names of established St. Croix businesses.

Madrigal and Mateo were charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Forgery, Uttering or Passing Forged or Counterfeited Matters, Possession of Forged Bills or Notes, Grand Larceny, and Identity Theft.

Bail for both women was set at $50,000.00. Unable to post bail, Madrigal was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Mateo was released on her own recognizance pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information on this case are asked to call 911, the Economic Crimes Unit at (340) 778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477

Top to Bottom: Sandra Madrigal & Michelle Mateo


Two Men Shot in Hospital Ground, One Dies

December 7, 2019

St. Thomas, USVI – On Dec. 7 at approximately 12:03 a.m., the 911 Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen who stated that there were numerous shots fired in Hospital Ground. Officers were then notified that two gunshot victims were transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via private vehicle. Officers traveled to the hospital where they were advised that one of the victims succumbed to his injuries. The other victim is being treated for his injuries.

The deceased was identified by next of kin as 32-year-old Cedric Henry.

This case is currently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569 or (340) 714-9830. They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477, the Office of the Chief of Police at (340) 715-5548 or the Office of the Police Commissioner at (340) 715-5506.


Rashida Bell

St. Croix Woman Arrested for Financially Exploiting the Elderly

December 6, 2019

The Virgin Islands Police Department arrested 30-year-old Rashida Bell on charges pertaining to exploiting the elderly.

According to authorities, Ball allegedly forged the signature of an elderly relative without his consent and deposited his check into her account.

She has been charged with Aggravated Identity Theft, Forgery, Obtaining Money by False Pretense, and Grand Larceny. Bail was set at $50,000.

Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

Rashida Bell's arrest comes just days after VIPD officials appear before the senate to express support for a bill that would strengthen and curb financial exploitation of the elderly in the territory.

VIPD officials in a statement today advising the public that the department  will investigate every complaint pertaining Senior exploitation.

 

 


Travis Mitchel

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm

December 6, 2019

St. Thomas, USVI – On Dec. 2 at 11:51 p.m., Travis Mitchell, age 49 of Estate Mandahl, was arrested and charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

The initial report states that Mitchell brandished a firearm in a dispute with a neighbor. Mitchell does not have a license to possess a firearm in the US Virgin Islands. Officers contacted Mitchell at his residence, collected the firearm and placed him under arrest.

Bail for Mitchell was set at $50,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.


St. Croix Man Intercepted with Two Kilos Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport

December 5,2019

St. Croix, USVI – Zion Hazel, 22, of St. Croix, pled guilty on December 4, 2019, in District Court to one count of Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

This federal offense carries a possible sentence of incarceration of 5 to 40 years, a maximum fine of up to $250,000 dollars, and a term of supervised release for at least 4 years. Sentencing is set for April 3, 2020.

According to court documents, on April 12, 2018, Zion Hazel, along with co-defendant Don-Luke George, conspired to bring 2010 grams of cocaine (2.01 kilograms) into the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport with the intent to transport the cocaine to Miami via American Airlines flight #2227. Specifically, George, who was employed at the airport, smuggled four bricks of cocaine into the passenger waiting area of the airport, and delivered them to Hazel in the handicap stall of the men’s restroom. Hazel was a passenger on the outgoing American Airlines flight, but was intercepted with the cocaine prior to boarding his flight by Customs and Border Protection officers.

The case was investigated by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations. The cocaine was analyzed by the DEA Southeast Laboratory in Miami. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston prosecuted the case.


December 4, 2019

Wanted Man Turns Himself In, Arrested for Extortion

St. Thomas, USVI – On Dec. 3 at approximately 8:20 p.m., Kemar Alex Campbell, age 29 was arrested and charged with Extortion, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Grand Larceny.

Campbell reportedly stole a motorcycle from Estate Fortuna and contacted the motorcycle’s owner, demanding money if the owner wanted it returned. Campbell also threatened to send his associates to harm the owner of the motorcycle if he didn’t agree to pay the money, leaving the victim fearing for his life.

Upon learning of the warrant for his arrest, Campbell returned the stolen motorcycle and subsequently turned himself in. Campbell was unable to post $70,000.00 bail and was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.


From Left: Jahkeel Daiquon O’Neil, 21; Jahkiel Shaquille Gumbs, 24; and Deondre Simmonds, 22.

December 1, 2019

By FreedomCity Times Staff

Suspects Arested in Orlando Ambassador Hotel Murder are Crucians

Three men in their 20s are in custody facing first-degree murder charges, accused in a fatal botched robbery of a man with marijuana outside a hotel in west Orlando earlier this month.All three men are Crucians residing in the state of Florida.

Jeff Aldophe, 25, was gunned down outside an Orlando hotel on Nov. 4 Detectives found blood, money, and drugs in his BMW outside the Ambassador Hotel.

Suspect told Orlando police they only planned to take Aldophe's marijuana Jahkeel O'Neil, 21; Jahkiel Gumbs, 24; and Deondre Simmonds, 22; are each charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm, Orlando police announced Friday.

Jeff Aldophe, 25, was gunned down while sitting in his black BMW in the parking lot of the Ambassador Hotel at 929 W. Colonial Drive at 7:52 p.m. Nov. 4. Orlando Fire Rescue rushed him to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died.

Orlando police detectives found blood, money, and drugs inside the victim's BMW, a police report said.

“It appeared as if [Aldophe] had been involved in a drug transaction when he was killed,” the affidavit said.

Police said the men planned to rob the victim of his marijuana when they met him in the hotel parking lot.

O'Neil got into the BMW and sat in the front passenger seat and bought marijuana from Aldophe as an accomplice approached the driver’s side.

“O'Neil stated the victim reached for his gun and [an accomplice] fired one round which struck the victim in the head,’’ an OPD report said.

“O'Neil stated they didn't get a chance to take the victim's marijuana because they fled after the shooting,” the report added. “He stated the plan was to rob him for his marijuana but not kill him.”


December 1, 2019

Man Shot and Killed in Campo Rico

St. Croix, USVI – On Nov. 30 at 4:15 p.m., 911 received a call from a concerned citizen, reporting shots fired and a man down in Estate Campo Rico. Upon the officers’ arrival on the scene, they discovered the unresponsive body of an adult male laying on the ground beside his vehicle. The body had what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his upper torso.

The male individual was identified as Kaelan Finney, age 24.

This case is being investigated the Criminal Investigation Bureau’s Major Crime Unit. The community’s assistance is being sought to identify the perpetrators of this homicide. If anyone has any information, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.


Deshaun Stephen

John Prince jr.

Lejaurne Sonson

December 1, 2019

Three Men Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Other Charges, Two Officers Hurt in Unrelated Accident

St. Croix, USVI – On Nov. 30 at around 4:20 a.m., officers of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative conducted a traffic stop on the Christiansted Bypass of a vehicle with three occupants. The driver of the vehicle, attempting to evade the officers, left the area at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle and caused a 3-car accident on Contentment Road.

Officers located two firearms and marijuana in the area that the vehicle traveled. The three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody. Arrested were Lejaurne Sonson, age 30, John Prince, Jr., age 23, and Deshaun Stephen, age 25. They were charged with Reckless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Failure to Maintain Control of a Vehicle Thereby Causing an Accident and Delaying and Obstructing an Officer During the Course of His Duties. Unable to post bail of $10,000.00 each, they were all remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Forensic and patrol officers responded to the auto accident. While processing the scene, an unrelated motorist struck a marked police vehicle, injuring 2 officers. The officers were transported to Governor Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries and were expected to be released.

By FreedomCity Times Staff

November 29, 2019

Two Narcotic Smugglers Charged After Being Stopped With More Than Five Kilograms of Cocaine on Vessel

St. Thomas, USVI – Pedro Ramos-Guerra and Carlos Alberto Cuevas-Almonte were charged in a Bill of Indictment returned by the grand jury on November 21, 2019 with Conspiracy to Possess and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute on Board a Vessel Subject to the Jurisdiction of the United States, and with Destroying Property Subject to Forfeiture Under Section 511(a) of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

The court filings allege that on October 24, 2019, Ramos-Guerra, a Venezuelan national, and Cuevas-Almonte, a Dominican national, were onboard a go-fast vessel first sighted by United States Customs and Border Protection approximately 75 nautical miles south of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The vessel displayed no indicia of nationality. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Diligence was tasked to intercept the vessel.

The go-fast vessel failed to comply with USCG instructions to heave to. Instead, bales of suspected drugs were tossed overboard. After the USCG fired warning shots, the go-fast vessel became dead in the water. The go-fast vessel’s occupants pulled plugs on board the vessel and, after taking on water, the go-fast vessel completely submerged. The USCG recovered from the vessel more than five kilograms of a substance that field tested positive for cocaine.

This case is being investigated by the USCG and the Drug Enforcement Agency, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Adam Sleeper.

United States Attorney Shappert reminds the public that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.

Delma Mathurin

Shawn Daley

November 27, 2019

Man and Woman Arrested on Separate Charges After Dispute

St. Thomas, USVI – On Nov. 24 at about 9:32 p.m., officers arrested Shawn Daley, age 32 and charged him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, and arrested Delma Mathurin, age 26 and charged her with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Officers were dispatched to the Bovoni Housing community in reference to a Disturbance. Initial investigation revealed that Daley and Mathurin, who are in a domestic partnership, were involved in an altercation. When officers interviewed Daley, he told them that Mathurin owned a firearm, which he secured for his own safety. Officers also observed marijuana in the residence, and Mathurin told the officers that it belonged to Daley. Daley was arrested for possession of the marijuana, and Mathurin was arrested for possession of the firearm.

Daley was unable to post $10,000.00 bail, and Mathurin was unable to post $50,000.00 bail. As a result, both were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings. This incident is currently under investigation.

If you have information on this or any incident, please call 911, the VIPD at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Man Arrested for DUI After Leaving Scene of Accident

St. Croix, USVI – On Nov. 23 at approximately 12:29 a.m., police arrested Olrick Harris, age 34 of Calquohoun, and charged him with Negligent Driving and Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor.

Officers were dispatched by the 911 Call Center on Nov. 22 at around 10:14 p.m. to the Queen Mary Highway, in the vicinity of the Department of Agriculture, to a Hit and Run Vehicular Accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle.

They found a black male lying unresponsive in the roadway with various injuries with his motorcycle nearby. The male was taken via ambulance to the Governor Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center for emergency surgery for his injuries and was scheduled to be flown off island for further treatment.

Witnesses indicated that a vehicle with front end damages was seen leaving the scene of the accident. Officers found the bumper and license plate of the vehicle involved in the accident, and after running a check of the license plate, they were able to locate Harris, who admitted to being the driver of the vehicle. Harris was transported to the Wilbur Francis Command, where field sobriety tests were administered. Harris failed the tests and placed under arrest.

Unable to post bail of $1,000.00 or his driver's license in lieu of bail, Harris was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Olrick Harris

November 26, 2019

Man Arrested for Unlicensed Firearm, Controlled Substance

St. Thomas, USVI – On Nov. 22 at approximately 3:35 p.m., Jahvid Alexander, age 19 of Mariendahl, was arrested and charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Officers of the Special Operations Bureau observed a vehicle on Solberg Road in the area of the former Westbay Supermarket and attempted a traffic stop. The driver refused when ordered to stop by officers. The driver finally stopped in the area of the A Plus Pre School, exited the vehicle and escaped on foot. Alexander, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was apprehended. Officers found marijuana, a firearm with an obliterated serial number and additional ammunition inside the vehicle.

Alexander was arrested and transported to the Richard Callwood Command for booking. Unable to post bail of $50,000.00, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights Hearing. Police continue to search for the driver of the vehicle, and the investigation into this incident is still ongoing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Jahvid Alexander

November 26, 2019

NEW YORK FUGITIVE CAUGHT AT CYRIL KING AIRPORT

Marvin Jose Antonio Lantigua, who had an active warrant out of the State of New York was arrested at the Cyril King Airport on St. Thomas on Tuesday November 26,2019.

Lantigua was attempting to pass through the US Customs and Border Protection checkpoint at the Cyril E. King Airport when he was flagged for having an active warrant. Detectives detained Lantigua and transported him the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex, where they confirmed that the State of New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision wanted to pursue charges against him. Lantigua was then placed under arrest and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections to await an Extradition hearing.

Marvin Jose Antonio Lantigua

November 26, 2019

VI Man Arrested for Rape

Bail has been set at $100,000 Dollars for a St. Thomas man arrested and charged with 1st degree rape.

Authorities say Marciano was positively identified as the person who raped the victim on several occasions on St. Thomas.

Marciano L. Rivera

November 23,2019

St. Thomas Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Police on St. Thomas have arrested 25-year-old, Gladimy Alaisse, and charged him with vehicular Homicide, Negligent Driving, Failure to Restrain Passenger and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, stemming from a vehicular accident that occurred on Sep. 8.

Alaisse was driving a vehicle, with a front seat passenger and a rear passenger, that was traveling southeast on Turpentine Run Road in the vicinity of the former Lantern Laundry and Brookman Market, when it lost control, causing it to flip over several times in the roadway.

The accident resulted in the death of the front seat passenger, who was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Alaisse was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending confirmation of his identity.

November 20th, 2019

2 STT MEN WOUNDED IN SEPARATE SHOOTINGS

A St. Thomas was the victim of a shooting that happened on Monday, November 18, in the Polyberg Hill area.

According to Police, the victim stated that he was walking eastward near Polyberg Hill when he observed a black vehicle traveling in the other direction on the same roadway. He also stated he heard what sounded like a backfire after the black vehicle passed him and that was the moment he realized that he had been shot.

The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schnieder Hospital by private vehicle to receive medical treatment for wounds. 

In an unrelated incident, on Tuesday, November 20th, at 5:39 pm police were called to Schneider Hospital where a man was brought in for treatment for his gunshot wounds. 

St. Thomas authorities said the victim stated that he was walking westward in Nadir towards Brookman Road when he heard multiple gunshots and a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed. The victim also stated that he fell to the ground and observed that he was shot. 

Both victims stated that they have no knowledge of who shot them or what firearm was used.

These cases are presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding these crimes is urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 ext. 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477. 

November 20, 2019

VIPD SEEKING SUSPECT 

Police on St. Thomas desperately searching for Kemar A. Campbell, a 29-year-old resident of Mariendahl Street in Charlotte Amalie. 

Campbell is wanted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, extortion, and grand larceny in relation to an incident that occurred at the Fortuna Town Houses.

He is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Police are urging the public to notify authorities by calling 911 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 Ext. 5579, if Campbell is spotted.

DRIVE BY SHOOTING ON ST.THOMAS LEFT ONE WOMAN INJURED

October 27, 2019

Details of the incident are still developing, but police say the shooting took place in the Bolongo Bay area on Sunday afternoon.

The name of the woman has not been released by police.