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Man Arrested And Charged After Authorities Found Him In Possession Of 16lbs Of Marijuana At CEKA

2/9/22

(U.S. Virgin Islands)- V.I. Attorney General Denise George has announced the arrest of Cameron J. Rolle of Orlando, Florida, who was arrested on January 06, 2021, at the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA) after sixteen (16) pounds or 7.33 kilograms of marijuana was discovered in his checked luggage.

This arrest is the result of a collaborative effort of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Criminal Investigations Bureau, Special Agents from the Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ), and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). DOJ prosecutors will be filing formal charges including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute at arraignment later this month. Rolle was advised of his rights today in V.I. Superior Court at which time the Court found probable cause for the arrest.

The court set his bail at $7,500 and ordered the surrender of his driver’s license. The court denied a motion for Rolle to leave the jurisdiction to return to his home in Florida based on the strength of the People’s case and the risk of flight he presents. However, the court indicated that he could file a formal motion to leave the jurisdiction for the Court’s consideration.

On January 6, Rolle was detained by U.S. Customs officials after it was discovered that he had traveled on a Spirit Airlines flight from Orlando, Florida to St. Thomas through the Cyril E. King Airport after sixteen pounds of marijuana was contained in his checked luggage. U.S. Customs Officials alerted the VIPD, which arrested Rolle and brought him into custody

Man Wanted for Rape Turns Himself In, Arrested

March 13, 2021

ST. JOHN, USVI – On March 13, at around 6:30 a.m., 40-year-old Leopold Chinnery, Jr. of Estate Adrian turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted. He was arrested on a warrant, charged with three counts of 1st Degree Aggravated Rape, six counts of 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact, two Counts of Child Abuse, and two Counts of Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect.

Chinnery is accused of various acts that occurred between 2016 and 2018.

Bail for Chinnery was set at $150,000. He was unable to post bail, and he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

ST.THOMAS MAN SHOT DEAD NEAR ESTATE DOROTHEA DUMPTERS

March 9, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 9, at approximately 4:51 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of a man down in Estate Dorothea, in the vicinity of the dumpsters. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive Black male with multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene made a check of the victim and found no signs of life. The victim was identified as Bill John-Baptiste, age 49.

St. Thomas/St. John District Chief of Police Steven Phillip is encouraging the community to come forward with information. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or anonymously and confidentially to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. You can get a reward for your tip that leads to an arrest.

 

Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

February 23, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 22, at around 6:46 p.m., police arrested Shakur A. C. Joseph, age 23 of Croixville Apartments, charging him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

At roughly 9:05 that morning, Joseph got into an altercation with a female victim, allegedly strangling and assaulting her.

Joseph was not offered bail, in accordance with the Virgin Islands’ domestic violence statutes. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

Puerto Rican Man Arrested for Smuggling Over $100,000 in U.S. Currency

January 16, 2020

St. Thomas, USVI – Blas Sebastian Panzardi Davila of Puerto Rico, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller for an initial appearance after his arrest on Thursday evening for currency smuggling, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

According to court records, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) interdicted a vessel traveling from the area of Culebra, Puerto Rico towards St. Thomas at around 9:10 p.m., without lights. Davila captained the vessel with no passengers aboard. CBP boarded the vessel and discovered in excess of $100,000 in vacuum-sealed plastic bags. The government charged Davila with concealing and conspiring to conceal currency in excess of $100,000 on board a vessel outfitted for smuggling.

If convicted, Davila faces a maximum sentence of 15 years’ incarceration.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

Police Investigating Theft and Reckless Endangerment

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 11 at around 3:54 p.m., officers were notified of a trailer with landscaping equipment that was stolen from a residence in Recovery Welcome.

The owner of the trailer stated to police that he arrived home to find an unfamiliar vehicle, a red 2007 Dodge Ram, with two unknown males in it. Once the suspects saw the resident, they left the area in the truck with the victim’s trailer in tow. The victim gave chase and called police. During the chase, the suspects fired gunshots at the victim, before they eventually abandoned the pick-up truck in the area Estate Bugby Hole. The stolen items were recovered, and it was discovered that the truck operated by the suspects was previously reported stolen.

The victim described the suspects as having dark complexions, dressed in dark clothing and masks.

Police are asking anyone who has information on this incident, classified as a 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

STX MAN SHOT DEAD NEAR CONTAINER PORT

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 2 at around 11:07 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim.

Officers learned that a male gunshot victim was transported to the hospital via private vehicle. The driver reported to police that he and the victim were at the Container Port Road to view illegal car races when he heard a gunshot. The driver noticed the victim was injured, needed help, and drove him to the hospital. The victim succumbed to his injury a short time later.

The victim was identified by next of kin as 19-year-old William Isaac of Aureo Diaz Heights.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact police 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.

VIPD Warns Against Increasing Social Security Scam Calls

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The Virgin Islands Police Department is advising the general public that there is a telephone scam being perpetuated on residents in the territory.

The VIPD has received reports of residents getting telephone calls that appear to be from the Department’s main number in St. Thomas (340-774-2211), from a male with a foreign accent, claiming to be a police officer. The male is said to claim that the person’s Social Security number is compromised in a state on the mainland, along with other false accusations. The caller is demanding that the person purchase gift cards (usually in the thousands of dollars) and provide the codes to the cards to avoid prosecution.

Employees of the VIPD will never:

*threaten you with arrest or other legal action unless you immediately pay a fine or fee; *require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card; *or send official letters or reports containingpersonally identifiable information via email.

If you receive a call or email that you believe to be suspicious, about a problem with your Social Security number or account, hang up or do not respond.  The public is encouraged to report Social Security phone scams to the Social Security Administration or to the VIPD. personally identifiable information via email.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest for Gun Possession

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 5 at approximately 8:21 p.m., officers of the Special Operations Bureau arrested D’Andre Gumbs, age 21 of Strawberry Hill, charging him with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm.

Officers observed a firearm in a vehicle operated by Gumbs during a traffic stop in Estate Work & Rest. Gumbs does not have a license to possess, carry, or own a firearm in the US Virgin Islands, and was arrested as a result.

Bail for Gumbs 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 officers of the Special Operations Bureau, led by Commander Captain Dennis Vanterpool, for the discovery of the firearm and the subsequent arrest. “We intend to keep up the pressure on those persons who want to illegally possess firearms. We will take those guns and arrest those persons when we find them,” said Chief Elskoe. He encourages the community to contact the VIPD with information on 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 Apprehended with Guns, Ammunition, Drugs and Money Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge

December 2, 2020.

St. Thomas, USVI – Rakem Hendrickson, 28, of St. Croix, appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon, Jr., in District Court and entered a guilty plea to the charge of Use of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

This offense carries a possible sentence of incarceration for a minimum of 5 years, a maximum fine of up to $250,000 dollars, and a term of supervised release up to 5 years. Sentencing is set for April 14, 2021.

ccording to court documents, on February 16, 2018, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) received a tip from a concerned citizen that Hendrickson was selling drugs from his Jeep Wrangler, that Hendrickson was known to carry a firearm, and that he routinely parked the Jeep in the vicinity of Dynasty (Paul’s) Grocery Store. VIPD officers set up surveillance at that location and thereafter observed Hendrickson, park and exit his vehicle. Officers observed drug paraphernalia consisting of a clear plastic bag containing multiple vials in plain view, located in the back of Hendrickson’s Jeep. Shortly thereafter, officers obtained and executed a search warrant. As a result, officers located and confiscated a loaded Glock 22 Austria handgun, 2 additional magazines, 82 rounds of ammunition, approximately 133 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia in the form of 94 plastic vials, a digital scale, 2 mason jars, plastic baggies, and $2,584 cash. The foregoing occurred within 1,000 feet of the Lew Muckle Elementary School.

 

Second Virgin Islands Woman Convicted in Tax Fraud Scheme

November 18, 2020

St. Croix, USVI – After a five-day trial, a federal jury today found Patricia Henry, age 52, of St. Croix, guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Henry faces up to 10 years in prison on the conviction plus a fine of up to $250,000.

According to evidence presented at trial, Henry, her daughter Phiona Henry, and others participated in a scheme to unlawfully obtain money from the United States treasury by fraudulently acquiring federal income tax refunds during the period from 2010 to 2013. The scheme involved the acquisition of personal identifying information used to electronically file falsified tax returns for tax years 2009 through 2012. Henry aided others in the filing of tax returns in individuals’ true names and actual social security numbers but falsified the individuals’ income earned, tax withholding amounts, credits, and other information, and thereby claimed refunds to which they were not entitled. Persons involved in the scheme designated bank accounts for receipt of the refunds, which, once received, they subsequently withdrew. As a result of the scheme, three tax returns were filed in the name of Patricia Henry. On those returns, a total of $29,295 was designated to Patricia Henry’s and Phiona Henry’s bank accounts. Evidence at trial indicated that $8,918 was deposited into Patricia Henry’s account and $10,068 was deposited into Phiona Henry’s account. An additional $106,382 was also deposited into Phiona’s bank account.

Phiona Henry entered a guilty plea in this case on May 3, 2019 and is pending sentencing.

The prosecution of this fraud scheme is the result of years of investigative work by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, which identified and dismantled a massive stolen identity refund fraud scheme perpetrated in the Virgin Islands and elsewhere.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alphonso Andrews, Jr. and Melissa Ortiz.

VICI Arrest Man for Marijuana Possession

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 4 at approximately 12:27 p.m., officers of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) arrested John Prince, Jr., age 24 of Estate Whim, charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, as well as other traffic violations.

VICI officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Queen Mary Highway, in the vicinity of the Castle Burke bus shanty. During the traffic stop, Prince was found in possession of more than the allowable amount of marijuana on a person, and was placed under arrest.

Bail for Prince was set at $7,500, which he posted. He was released pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Brandishing Firearm

October 18, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 17 at approximately 4:10 p.m., police placed 40-year-old Youhan Lawrence of Bellevue under arrest. He was charged with 3rd Degree Assault.

Investigation revealed that Lawrence pointed a firearm at two people on July 30.

Lawrence’s bail was set at $25,000. He was not able to post bail, and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

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

St. John Man Reported Missing

October 16, 2020

.ST. JOHN, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Lubens Besse, who was reported missing by his girlfriend. Besse is a Black male, standing around 6 feet in height and weighs between 250 - 260 pounds. His hair is black in long dreadlocks. Lubens has several tattoos: behind his left ear reads "Lucky me," right hand reads "Light Work," right wrist has the Flower of Life with small circles that touch each other above the flower, left hand displays "777," his left, inner arm has something written in Haitian and a tattoo on his left outer forearm has a Hebrew scripture.

He was last seen around October 11 at his residence in Suzannaberg.

Besse’s vehicle was discovered in Coral Bay on October 13.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Lubens Besse is urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. You are asked to say something, if you saw something.

Police Investigate Murder and Reckless Endangerment Incidents

October 11, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – VIPD officers are investigating reports of multiple shooting incidents that left one woman dead and four people injured. On October 9 at approximately 10:18 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received multiple calls from concerned citizens of shots fired near the corner of King and Market Streets in downtown Frederiksted.

Officers traveled to the location and found an adult female with a gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries. The deceased was identified by her next of kin as 21-year-old Kadiyen Illidge of Sion Hill.

At around 11:49 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received notification of a gunshot victim at the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital with wounds to his mid-section. Officers continue to investigate this case, which is believed to be linked to the shooting incident on Main Street in Frederiksted.

Then, roughly 11:37 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received additional calls from the hospital regarding two more gunshot victims. Both men received gunshot wounds and were listed in stable condition. The men stated they were in the vicinity of Corner Pocket Grillhouse and Nightclub in Kingshill when they were shot upon by an unknown assailant.

Shortly after, at around 11:53 p.m., a male walked into the hospital with a gunshot wound, and told officers he was also in the vicinity of Corner Pocket when he was shot. He was listed in stable condition.

St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe condemned these shooting incidents and stated, “We will use the Department’s resources in pursuit of justice for these victims.” Chief Elskoe extends condolences on behalf of the VIPD to the family of Kadiyen Illidge, who lost her life.

Elskoe encouraged everyone who saw what happened in these incidents to say something to police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. The VIPD needs your information to solve these crimes quickly.

Police Investigates Alleged Sexual Assault

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On September 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in reference to an alleged rape incident.

The victim described the suspect as a Black male, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, heavy built, with an approximate weight of 220 pounds. The victim stated that the suspect wore all black clothing, and forced his way into the residence. The victim reported being physically and sexually assaulted by the suspect before his departure.

VIPD is urging anyone with information about this incident to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801, or anonymously at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. If you see, hear or know something, please say something.

Police Removed Another Illegal Firearm off the Streets

September 6, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On September 5 at approximately 6:49 p.m., officers arrested 36-year-old Ronald Lopez of Castle Burke, charging him with Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed and Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The arrest was a result of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative in full effect throughout the Territory. Lopez was found with a firearm and marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic stop on the Melvin Evans Highway, near East Airport Road.

Bail for Lopez was set at $50,000. He was unable to post bail and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Man Charged with Domestic Assault

August 30, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 28 at approximately 8:00 p.m., police arrested Deshawn Charlemagne, age 25 of Mount Pleasant, charging him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Charlemagne reportedly strangled a family member during a dispute. Charlemagne was not offered bail, in accordance with the territory’s domestic violence statutes.

He was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Investigating Robbery Reported Near Sunny Isle

August 12, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 11 at roughly 10:28 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Galloway’s, located near the Sunny Isle stoplights, in reference to a robbery.
 
The victim reported he was seated outside the establishment when two armed males pointed their guns at him and demanded money. The victim told the suspects he did not have money, so they subsequently took the victim’s jewelry and mobile phone. The suspects fled on foot, heading west.
 
The suspects were described as Black males, about 5 feet 10 inches in height, slim built, possible age range in their twenties, wearing all black clothing with black face masks.
 
The VIPD is appealing to the community to contact them with any information they may have on these suspects by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

Man Reported Missing Found Deceased

August 9,2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 6 at approximately 7:58 p.m., a woman called the 911 Emergency Call Center to report that her boyfriend was missing.
 
The complainant stated that on that day at around 1 p.m., her boyfriend went snorkeling at Cabrita Point and had not returned home. VIPD officers, St. Thomas Rescue and the US Coast Guard searched the area for the male, but he was not located.
 
On August 7 at roughly 6 a.m., the body of a male in snorkeling gear was found on the shoreline at Cabrita Point. The body was later identified as 48-year-old Robert James Holliday, Jr. The cause of death is unknown at this time, pending an autopsy.
 
Any person having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the VIPD by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or 5557, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477

Georgia Man Caught with Drugs Who Absconded from the Territory Sentenced for Illegally Bringing Marijuana Through the Cyril E. King Airport.

August 6, 2020.

St. Thomas, USVI – Keenan Powell-Ryder, 24, was sentenced today following his guilty plea for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

District Court Judge Robert A. Molloy, sentenced Powell-Ryder to 21 months incarceration, followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $100 as a special assessment.

According to court documents, on April 19, 2016, Powell-Ryder travelled on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to St. Thomas with secreted bundles of marijuana in his checked luggage. After the flight landed at the Cyril E. King Airport, a Customs and Border Protection canine alerted to a bag belonging to Powell-Ryder. Officers opened the bag and discovered approximately 15 kilograms of marijuana wrapped in cellophane plastic. Powell-Ryder ultimately admitted to transporting the marijuana.

The Court released Powell-Ryder pending a November 3, 2016 sentencing hearing. Powell-Ryder absconded, and the Court issued a warrant for his arrest. The United States Marshals Service located Powell-Ryder in Detroit, Michigan in December of 2019, and returned him to the Virgin Islands for sentencing.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

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Two Men Arrested for Gun Possession in Overturned Vehicle

July 24, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 22 at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers assigned to the Special Operations Bureau arrested Rasoromeo Archibald, age 39 of Bovoni Housing and Tyler Lamarrie, age 30 of Estate Bovoni, charging them with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Officers on patrol on Emile Francis Memorial Drive in the area of Sapphire Hotel responded to render assistance to passengers in an overturned vehicle. While assisting the occupants of the vehicle, officers observed a rifle and a handgun. Archibald and Lamarrie are not licensed to possess firearms in the Virgin Islands and were arrested as a result of having those weapons.

Bail for Archibald and Lamarrie was set at $50,000 each. They were unable to post bail and were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

St. Thomas Man Arrested on Warrant for 3rd Degree Assault

July 6, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 4 at approximately 6:00 p.m., detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau arrested Valmon Glasford, age 22 of Patriot Manor, on a warrant for 3rd Degree Assault, Brandishing and Exhibiting a Firearm, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm. Glasford admitted to assaulting the victim with a firearm at the American Yacht Harbor parking lot in Red Hook between midnight and 1 a.m.

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

 

Valmon Glasford, suspect

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Discharging Firearm

May 28, 2020

 ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 28 at approximately 12:26 a.m., VIPD officers arrested Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, age 26 of Anna’s Retreat, and charged him with Illegal Discharge of a Firearm and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Cumberbatch was identified by witnesses as the individual who discharged shots in a residential area. Police officers retrieved a firearm from Cumberbatch’s residence, resulting in his arrest.

Bail for Cumberbatch 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.

Man Arrested for Domestic Assault

May 28, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 27 at around 6:16 p.m., detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit arrested 60-year-old Glenford Rawlins of Paul. M. Pearson Gardens, charging him with Simple Assault, Domestic Violence.

Rawlins is accused of assaulting the victim in the matter, causing visible injuries that required medical attention.

Due to the territory’s domestic violence statutes, Rawlins was not offered bail. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Estate Paradise Shooting Victim Succumbs to Injuries

May 27, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is reporting that one of the female victims of the shooting incident that took place in Estate Paradise in the vicinity of the Evelyn Williams Elementary School on May 15 has succumbed to her injuries.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Selena Chitolie.

Police arrested Jiovani Smith, age 20 of Mount Pleasant and Calijah Brewley, age 19 of Marley Homes, and detained a 17-year-old-minor in connection with the shooting.

New charges are pending in this matter. Detectives are urging anyone with information in this or other crimes to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where your anonymous tip can earn you a reward.

St. Croix Man Charged with 1st Degree Burglary

May 26, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 26 at roughly 5:32 a.m., police arrested Joshua Felder, age 42 of Grange Hill, charging him with 1st Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Assault, Carrying or Using a Dangerous Weapon, Destruction to Property, and Damage to Vehicle.

Felder was identified as the individual who broke into a residence and assaulted the victim with a sharp object, causing visible injuries.

Felder’s bail was set at $75,000. He was unable to post bail and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas Man Wanted for April 16 Homicide

May 25, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is looking for 29-year-old Jabaar Mactavious in connection to the homicide of Shaq’kil Roberts that occurred on April 16 in the Tutu area.

Mactavious is a Black male, six feet one inch tall, and weighs 180 pounds.

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

St. Croix Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property In Relation to May 20 Kidnapping

May 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 22, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant in Estate White Lady, arresting Aliek J. Hatchett, age 20 of Estate Whim.

He was charged with Possession of Stolen Property. Hatchett was in possession of an item belonging to the victim that was kidnapped from downtown Frederiksted on May 20.

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

The investigation continues in this matter. Persons with information that can assist police are asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

Attempted Robbery Reported in Mon Bijou

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 23 at around 4:03 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of an attempted robbery in Mon Bijou.

The adult male victim reported that he was outside his residence when a man dressed in all black approached him and demanded his jewelry. A struggle ensued between the victim and the suspect who pulled out a gun. One shot was discharged in the altercation, hitting the victim. The suspect fled the area, and the victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center by a relative for treatment. The injury was not considered life-threatening, and the victim was listed in stable condition.

This case is under investigation. If you have information that can help police find the person responsible for this incident, you are asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Man Arrested for November Residential Burglary

May 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 23 at approximately 5:59 a.m., the VIPD Criminal Investigation and Special Operations Bureaus conducted a joint operation resulting in the arrest of 35-year-old Jonathan Scribner of Sprat Hall.

Scribner was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary stemming from an incident that occurred on November 11, 2019, at a residence in Estate Whim.

Bail for Scribner was set at $30,000, which he was unable to post. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Paul M. Pearson Gardens Man charged with Simple Assault, Domestic Violence

May 22, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 21 at approximately 7:21 p.m., VIPD detectives arrested 40-year-old Khaleem Rieara of Paul M. Pearson Gardens and charged him with Simple Assault, Domestic Violence.

Rieara is accused of striking his intimate partner in the face with a closed fist, causing visible injuries on May 19.

Rieara was not offered bail as per the Territory’s domestic violence laws. He was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Altona Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance

May 21, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 20 at approximately 6:25 p.m., Special Operations Bureau officers arrested Jahsief Benjamin, age 18 of Estate Altona, and charged him with Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

were conducting an inspection of Altona and Simmons Alley when they encountered Benjamin, who was in possession of the narcotic. He was placed under arrest as a result.

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

Frederiksted Businessman Abducted, Released Hours Later After Demands of Suspects were Met

May 20, 2020

Sources tell Freedomcity Times that a Frederiksted Hotel owner has been hijacked & abducted on Wednesday afternoon.

The VIPD has now confirmed the abduction that took place just after 1 pm.

The man was taken against his will and transported to multiple locations where his ATM card was used to withdraw money from his account. He was later released in Frederiksted town with minor injuries. 

We now know that that the abduction took place on Hospital Street, near the victim's property. 

Police urging anyone with information to report it to authorities.

Illegal Marijuana Cultivation Site Found in Hospital Ground

May 20, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 20 at approximately 11:19 a.m., detectives searching for a suspect in Hospital Ground discovered an illegal marijuana cultivation site. Detectives were at a location where the suspect is believed to reside when they observed about 50 marijuana plants.

The plants were confiscated as a result.

If you have information about this illegal marijuana cultivation site, you are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

STX Man Shot in Supermarket Parking Lot

May 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 18 at roughly 8:52 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of shots fired in the parking lot of Plaza Extra West in Estate Plessen. Officers responded and found a male gunshot victim.

The victim was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center via ambulance. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, and he was listed in stable condition.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with information that can assist police find those responsible is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Croix Man Found with Rifle

May 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 18 at approximately 11:21 p.m., police arrested Juan Garcia, age 59 of Tan Tan Terrace, and charged him with Carrying of Firearm Openly or Concealed and Possession of Ammunition.

Detectives were conducting a traffic stop in the eastbound lane of the Melvin Evans Highway, in the vicinity of Home Depot, when a vehicle driven by Garcia collided into their unmarked police car. Garcia did not stop after the collision, and the detectives pulled him over in the vicinity of the Ricardo Richards Elementary School. The detectives observed a rifle in Garcia’s vehicle, and Garcia could not provide the detectives with a license for the firearm. He was placed under arrest as a result.

Bail for Garcia 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.

 

Estate Bovoni Man Charged with Grand Larceny

May 18, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 18 at approximately 3:58 p.m., police arrested Ashmore Hyndman, Jr., age 50 of Estate Bovoni, and charged him with Grand Larceny.

Hyndman was observed on video surveillance stealing over $7,000 in used car batteries from a business on April 1.

Bail for Hyndman was set at $20,000 by order of the Superior Court. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of 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 ex. 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Suspects in May 15 Estate Paradise Shooting Arrested

May 17, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 15, police arrested 20-year-old Jiovani Smith of Mount Pleasant and 19-year-old Calijah Brewley of Marley Homes. They were charged with 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed, Possession of Ammunition, and Discharging or Aiming a Firearm.

Smith and Brewley were identified as two of the individuals who shot two females earlier that day in Estate Paradise, in the vicinity of the Evelyn Williams Elementary School. A 17-year-old male minor, identified as the third suspect, was also detained in this matter.

Bail for Smith and Brewley was set at $75,000 each. Unable to post bail, both men were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

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Suspect in Estate Paradise Shooting

Suspect in Estate Paradise Shooting

St. Thomas Man Succumbs to Gunshot Wounds in Frenchman's Bay

May 16, 2020

T. THOMAS, USVI – On May 15 at approximately 7:54 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in Frenchman’s Bay.

Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive black male. The male appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body. Emergency Medical Technicians, who were on the scene, concluded that the male did not have any vital signs.

The victim has been identified as Elon Frett, age 28.

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

Man Found with Ammunition at King Airport

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 16 at approximately 2:47 p.m., 20-year-old Khaliem Tang-Yuk of Puerto Rico was arrested and charged with Possession of Ammunition.

Minutes earlier, the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched Virgin Islands Port Authority police officers and VIPD detectives to the Cyril E. King Airport regarding recovered ammunition. Transportation Security Administration agents reported the discovery of a loaded firearm magazine with ammunition in a bag owned by Tang-Yuk. He claimed he did not know how the magazine ended up in his bag. Tang-Yuk was placed under arrest as a result.

Bail for Tang-Yuk 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.

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-TIPS.

Gunshots Leave Two Women Injured in Estate Paradise

May 15, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 15 at around 2:40 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired and an injured person in Estate Paradise, in the vicinity of the Evelyn Williams Elementary School.

Officers arrived in the area and found two women injured by gunfire. Both victims were transported for medical assistance to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center via ambulance.

The incident is under investigation andthe VIPD is asking for anyone with information about the shooting to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

One Car Vehicle Accident Leaves Driver Injured

May 15, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 14 at approximately 5:36 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched Traffic Investigation Bureau officers to a one-car collision that occurred in the westbound lane of the Melvin Evans Highway, in the vicinity of the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

Officers traveled to the area and found a white Mercedes Benz SUV overturned and a male individual lying in the roadway with serious injuries. Investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle lost control causing the vehicle to roll over.

The driver, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle in the accident. The driver sustained various serious injuries in the accident and was in stable condition at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center.

This accident is presently under investigation by the Traffic Investigation Bureau.

Body Found in Water at Altona Lagoon

May 15, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 14 at about 5:08 p.m., police officers were dispatched to Altona Lagoon on a report of a possible body in the ocean.

Officers contacted two males out at sea who stated they discovered the body of a Caucasian male floating in the harbor. The officers brought the body to the shore where it was determined that there were no signs of life. The body had severe injuries by what appears to be the propeller of a boat.

The victim was identified by his next of kin as Kenneth Steiner III, age 67.

Investigation into the matter is ongoing. The VIPD is asking anyone who may have seen what happened to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Shooting Incident in Paradise Mills Leaves Man with Minor Injury

May 14, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 13 at about 9:32 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Paradise Mills on a report of discharging of shots.

Residents of the area reported sounds of gunshots. Officers traveled to the area and found spent casings in the parking lot. Several vehicles in the parking lot sustained damage from the gunfire.

A short time later, officers contacted a resident of the area who was injured in the incident. The victim said he was parking his vehicle when he heard gunshots striking his vehicle. He was grazed by a bullet but declined medical assistance. He also said he did not know why someone would try to shoot him.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Domestic Destruction of Property

May 14, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 14, at approximately 10:17 a.m., detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit arrested Ja’Koi Bell, age 23 of Oswald Harris Court, and charged him with Destruction of Property, Domestic Violence.

The victim in this matter, Bell’s former intimate partner, reported on April 27 that Bell punctured the tires on her vehicle on three occasions, and she has observed him doing so in the past.

Bell surrendered to police and was placed under arrest. He was not offered bail due to the Territory’s domestic violence statutes, and he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Victim of Mon Bijou Shooting Death Identified

May 14, 2020

Update:

ST. CROIX, USVI –The Virgin Islands Police Department is identifying the victim of a fatal shooting Tuesday evening in Mon Bijou as Jahkerby Charles, age 22.

This case is presently under investigation. Anyone having information regarding this homicide is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. 

St. Thomas Woman Charged with Grand Larceny

May 14, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 13 at approximately 7:50 p.m., Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives arrested 32-year-old Kathlyn Reynolds of Estate Frydendahl, charging her with Grand Larceny.

Reynolds was observed on surveillance as the person who stole a purse containing cash and other items.

Bail for Reynolds 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.

Masked Gunmen Robbed Man in Estate Nisky

May 13, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 13 at approximately 5:52 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Estate Nisky regarding a robbery.

The victim reported that he was seated in his vehicle when he was approached by two masked males who appeared to be armed. The suspects demanded his money and took a bag that contained cash. The suspects left the area in a white Jeep Wrangler that was later found in Contact Knolls.

The VIPD is asking for the community’s assistance in finding these suspects. 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.

Young Man Shot Dead in Mon Bijou Tuesday Night

May 13, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 12 at about 10:30 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots being fired in the Mon Bijou area, and that someone was on the ground near a residence in Mon Bijou.

Officers responded to the area and found an unresponsive young black male with multiple gunshot wounds about the body. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene stated that the male victim had no vital signs.

The name of the victim will not be released, pending notification of his next of kin.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

St. Thomas Man Steals Wallet, Uses Credit Cards

May 13, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 12 at around 9 a.m., detectives of the Economic Crime Unit arrested 53-year-old Dale Joseph Pringle of Commandant Gade, charging him with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses and Identity Theft.

The victim in this incident reported losing his wallet that contained several credit cards and his identification on April 20. Pringle was observed on surveillance stealing the victim’s wallet. He admitted to detectives to using the credit cards without authorization and was placed under arrest.

Bail for Pringle was set at $20,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his initial court appearance.

Robbery Reported at Mount Pleasant Restaurant

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 10 at approximately 8:42 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a robbery in progress at Crucian Wings in Mount Pleasant.

The cashier at the restaurant observed two unknown armed male individuals dressed in all black, wearing masks and gloves, enter the business. She was able to leave the restaurant and go to a nearby gas station to call for help. The suspects grabbed another employee and attempted to get her to open the cash register, but she was unable to. The suspects took the cash register and fled on foot. No one was injured during this incident.

This case is being actively investigated at this time. Anyone with information that can help police find the suspects is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. 

St. Thomas Man Arrested After Illegally Discharging Firearm

May 11, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 9 at around 10:15 p.m., police arrested Rashad Amari Creque, age 23 of Estate Contant, and charged him with Illegal Discharge of a Firearm.

At approximately 9:50 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Alvin McBean Ballpark in Anna’s Retreat on report of shots being fired. Spent casings were found in the area, and a witness reported that a male, later identified as Creque, was waving a firearm and being belligerent. The witness also said that Creque fired shots in the air. Officers located Creque and ordered him to surrender, but he barricaded himself in his residence. Officers were able to enter the residence, and they apprehended Creque.

Bail for Creque 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.

This case is presently under investigation. 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.

Victim of Garden Street Homicide Identified

May 11, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI –The Virgin Islands Police Department is identifying the victim of a fatal shooting Friday near Garden Street, Charlotte Amalie.

The victim has been identified by next of kin as 39-year-old Jamal Jacobs. This case is presently under investigation.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Major Crime Unit at (340) 774-2211 extension 5606, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Man Suffers Gunshot Wounds in Castle Coakley

May 10, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 9 at approximately 6:51 p.m., police were dispatched to Castle Coakley regarding an individual who was shot. The victim told detectives that he was sitting under a tree when a vehicle pulled up, and an unknown person fired shots at him. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds and was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital for treatment.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. If anyone has any information that can help police, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Searching for St. Croix Man

May 9, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – Police are looking for Mwanga Aidan. Aidan is a black male with dreadlocks in his 30’s.

He is being sought regarding an incident involving an assault of an individual.

Anyone who knows Aidan’s whereabouts are asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Shots Fired in Downtown Charlotte Amalie

May 9, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 8 at approximately 8:25 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Market Square, Charlotte Amalie on a report of shots fired.

Investigation revealed that an unknown person fired shots at the victim in what appears to be a case of road rage. The victim’s vehicle was impacted by gunshots, as well as a parked vehicle in the vicinity.

This case, classified as a 3rd Degree Assault, is under investigation. Anyone with information that can assist police is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5556 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Killed in Garden Street Area on Friday Morning

May 8, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 8 at around 8:29 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in the Garden Street area. Officers were dispatched, and subsequently located a Black male lying face down in the roadway.

The victim appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene stated that the male victim did not have any vital signs.

The victim has not yet been identified pending notification of his next of kin. This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, Major Crime Unit at (340) 774-2211 extension 5606, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. # # #

 

1st Degree Burglary Reported in Cruz Bay

May 6, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – On May 4 at approximately 10:13 p.m., police were notified of a residential burglary that occurred in Cruz Bay.

The female victim, who made her report at the Leander Jurgen Command, stated that she was in her residence when she heard a knock on her door. She asked who was knocking, and two black males dressed in black kicked the door in and entered her residence.

One of the suspects assaulted her with a firearm while the other took her bag that contained her documents.

The victim also reported that the suspects ordered her in the bathroom and left the area. She then traveled to the police station to file the report.

Emergency Medical Technicians were dispatched to the police station, and they treated the victim for lacerations to the head that she received from the incident.

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

Police Investigating Home Invasion Reported in La Grande Princesse

May 6, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 4 at approximately 7:58 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a residential burglary in progress in La Grande Princesse.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who stated that he was seated outside his home when two masked men approached him and pointed a firearm at him while they demanded to go into his home.

The armed men also demanded money and the victim gave them cash.

The suspects fled the area in an unknown vehicle.

One suspect was about 6 feet tall, wearing a red long-sleeved hoodie, black pants and shoes. The other Suspect was about  5 feet 5 inches in height, wearing all black.  

St. Croix Man Arrested for Assault on Neighbor

May 4, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – Police arrested 58-year-old Raymond Ward of Sion Hill, on an arrest warrant for 3rd Degree Assault.

Ward is alleged to have assaulted his neighbor, an elderly male, on March 29. The victim required medical attention at the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center for a laceration to the head and a broken arm, among other injuries, from the incident.

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

Gas Station Employee Attempts to Steal Cash

May 4, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 2 around 1:20 p.m., police arrested Wesly Jean, age 27 of Anna’s Retreat, and charged him with Embezzlement.

The manager of the Racetrack gas station on Weymouth Rhymer Highway observed Jean, an employee, take cash from the register. When the manager confronted Jean, he attempted to flee, but was apprehended by the manager and bystanders, then detained until officers’ arrival. The manager stated as Jean attempted to flee, a gun fell from his person, which was later identified as a pellet gun.

Jean admitted to removing cash from the register and was placed under arrest. His bail was set at $35,000, which he was unable to post. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Francisco Tirado III, April 25 Rape Suspect Arrested

May 1, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 29 at roughly 5:17 p.m., 29-year-old Francisco Tirado III of Frederiksted was arrested by detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and charged with 1st Degree Rape, 1st Degree Assault, and 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact.

Tirado was identified as the individual who offered the victim a ride home but took her to a different location and forcibly sexually assaulted her on April 25. Bail for Tirado was set at $100,000.

He was unable to post bail and was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas Man Charged with Rape of Minor

May 1, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 30 at approximately 8:18 p.m., police arrested Timothy Brewer, age 32 of Smith Bay, and charged him with 1st Degree Rape and Unlawful Sexual Contact.

Brewer is alleged to have coerced a minor female to engage in sexual acts on several occasions.

Bail for Brewer was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801, or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

St. Croix Man Arrested After Firing Shots

April 29, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – April 28 at about 4:10 p.m., police arrested Malik Rohlsen, age 21 of Concordia Bay, charging him with 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment.

On April 27 at around 7:44 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots being fired in the Mars Hill residential area and dispatched officers. Residents of the area indicated that Rohlsen fired the shots. Further investigation revealed that Rohlsen discharged the shots during a disagreement with his former intimate partner.

Rohlsen was not offered bail pending his initial court appearance.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Possession of Unlicensed Firearm

April 29, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 29 at approximately 3:47 a.m., 20-year-old D’Andre George of Sugar Mill Estates was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

An unlicensed firearm with an obliterated serial number and ammunition were found in George’s residence during the execution of a search warrant.

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

Assault Rifle Found in Bovoni Housing Community

April 29, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – St. Thomas District Police Chief Ludrick Thomas, in a recent appeal on social media, told the public that the VIPD was concerned about the recent acts of gun violence within our communities and asked for the community’s engagement in crime reduction. He mentioned the increased police presence in Hospital Ground and pledged an increased presence and enforcement in other communities of concern in St. Thomas.

Acting on information, officers of the Special Response Team of the VIPD Special Operations Bureau, along with other local and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, conducted an operation in the Bovoni Housing Community. Gun violence is a problem in our community and information led the Team to search vacant apartments for evidence of illegal activity in the Bovoni Housing Community.

Chief Thomas thanked the community for their support of law enforcement as they conducted the search. An assault rifle that was hidden in one of the vacant apartments was recovered. The weapon was collected and photographed for evidentiary value and a ballistics test will be conducted to determine if the ballistic signature of this firearm is tied to any of the recent shootings or acts of reckless endangerment in the territory.

Chief Thomas is urging anyone with information about this discovered firearm to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, you may be eligible for a reward, and you will remain anonymous.

 

Body Found Near Cramer’s Park

April 28, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 28 at about 6:51 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of what appeared to be a body in the bushes east of Cramer’s Park. Officers were dispatched, and they found the body of a male individual, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. No form of identification was on the body.

The individual appears to be young, Black, dark-skinned, medium build, about 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches in height. He has black, kinky hair in an afro, and had a square earring with diamonds in his left ear. He was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, green plaid boxers, and black Nike slippers.

The VIPD is asking the community for assistance in identifying this individual. If you have any information that can help detectives with this case, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

1st Degree Robbery Reported in Estate Golden Rock

April 26, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 26 at approximately 1:56 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a reported robbery at the Breezez Bar and Restaurant in Estate Golden Rock.

The female victim reported that while sitting in her vehicle outside of Breezez Bar and Restaurant waiting for her order, a young, slim, dark-skinned male wearing a white shirt and a dark colored doo-rag over his face pointed a gun to her head and demanded that she hand over her purse.

The suspect threatened to kill the victim and she complied by giving her handbag which contained cash and documents. The suspect then fled the scene.

This incident is under investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

As Burglaries & Robberies Rise in the Islands VIPD Issues Safety Tips

April 26, 2020

The VIPD has issued the following tips to the community in an effort to prevent residents from being robbed or burglarized.

To avoid robberies:

*If possible, do not walk alone during late-night hours.Walk in groups whenever you can — there is always safety in numbers.

*Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.

*Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, do not turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.

To avoid burglaries:

*Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.

*Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Locks or security bars are available for better security.

*Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys.

The most important thing you can do is call 911 to report a crime or any suspicious activity. If you see something, say something. Let’s work together to keep our communities safe. Call the VIPD Crime Prevention Bureau at (340) 774-2211 in St. Thomas / St. John or (340) 778-2211 in St. Croix for more information.

1st Degree Rape Reported

April 26, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 25 at approximately 5:58 p.m., police were notified of a 1st Degree Rape.

A female victim reported that she accepted a ride home from a male acquaintance. The male took her against her will to a different location, where he sexually assaulted her. The victim stated that she was in fear for her life during the encounter. The male took her home after the incident. This case is under investigation.

If you have information that can help police solve this crime, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Community Tip Leads to Firearm Arrest

ST. CROIX, USVI - On April 23 at approximately 11:30 p.m., police arrested Jonathan Scribner, age 35 of Sprat Hall, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Officers received a tip from a concerned citizen that a firearm was observed inside of Scribner’s vehicle. The vehicle was spotted on Queen Mary Highway and was pulled over in William’s Delight. The firearm was found, and Scribner was placed under arrest.

Bail for Scribner 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 detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and officers of the Special Operations Bureau for their work in taking another firearm off the street. “We would also like to thank the concerned citizen who saw something and said something to us,” Chief Elskoe said. He said that the VIPD and the community working together can reduce crime across the island.

Pizza Hut in Fort Mylner Shopping Ctr Robbed on Friday Night

April 25, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 24 at about 10:45 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Pizza Hut in the Fort Mylner Shopping Center regarding a robbery in progress.

Officers responded to the restaurant, where they subsequently interviewed employees who stated that two black males dressed in dark clothing entered the establishment with handguns and demanded money. An unknown amount of cash was taken, and the suspects fled the store in an unknown direction.

This incident is under investigation. The VIPD is requesting the community’s assistance in finding those responsible. If you have information on this robbery, please call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Charged with 2nd Degree Domestic Assault

April 23, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 22 approximately 8 a.m., Shawn Blake turned himself in to detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit.

Blake was arrested charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence. Blake reportedly assaulted a family member during a disagreement on April 9.

Due to the territory’s domestic violence statutes, Blake was not offered bail. He was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Attempted Robbery Reported in Smith Bay

April 23, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 22 at roughly 12:30 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Baly’s Hemp World VI, located in Smith Bay, in reference to a robbery.

The victim reported that two armed male suspects attempted to rob him as he was opening the business for the day. The victim stated that a physical altercation ensued between him and the suspects, and they subsequently fled the area in an eastward direction. The victim sustained minor injuries in the incident but did not require medical treatment.

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-TIPS.

Suspect in April 18 Home Burglary Arrested

April 22, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 21 at around 12:15, p.m., police arrested Dionno Brooks, age 25 of Anna’s Retreat, and charged him with 2nd Degree Burglary.

Brooks was positively identified as the individual who entered a home in Anna’s Retreat on April 18 without permission while the residents were there, taking cash and documents.

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

Shooting in Smith Bay Leaves Man Injured

April 21, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 20 approximately 8:35 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Smith Bay, in the vicinity of the Mango Tree Bar, in reference to shots being fired. Shortly after that, officers were notified that there was a gunshot victim at the Roy L. Schneider Hospital.

The victim reported that he was driving westward in the area when someone in a silver vehicle traveling in the opposite direction fired shots at him. He said he continued driving until his vehicle stopped in the vicinity of Lake’s Chicken Fry. The victim went on to state that an unknown individual transported him via private vehicle to the hospital. He sustained two gunshot wounds in the incident 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.

Home Invasion, Assault Reported in Estate Whim

April 20, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 20 at approximately 10:40 a.m., police were notified of a home invasion victim at the Frederiksted Health Care Clinic.

The victim reported that he was at his residence in Estate Whim when three unknown males with guns forced their way into his house. He attempted to defend himself but was overpowered and restrained by his assailants.

The victim said that the suspects searched the residence, prior to fleeing in a vehicle. The victim explained that he was able to free himself and caught a ride to the clinic before subsequently being transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center for further treatment.

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 Unlicensed Firearm in Hospital Ground

April 20, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 19 at approximately 4:45 p.m., police arrested Akeem Dijhani Julien, age 24 of Hospital Ground, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Julien was observed on surveillance placing a black firearm into a duffel bag in Hospital Ground, in the vicinity of Jah Yard. He was detained by Homeland Security Investigations at the Cyril E. King Airport attempting to leave the island. HSI contacted VIPD detectives, who placed Julien under arrest.

Bail for Julien 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.

Failed Robbery Attempt Reported Near Limetree Bay Man Camp

April 20, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 18 at approximately 9:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to a reported assault near the Limetree Bay Terminals Man Camp in Castle Coakley.

The victim reported that two Hispanic males wearing masks exited a silver minivan, pointed guns at him and demanded his motorcycle. He said that he was assaulted by one of the suspects. The suspects were not able to start his motorcycle to take it, and they subsequently left the area in their vehicle. The victim declined medical attention.

Anyone with information that can help police solve this crime is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Home Burglary Reported in Anna’s Retreat

April 20, 2020.

ST. THOMAS – On April 18 at approximately 11:04 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Anna’s Retreat regarding a residential burglary.

Investigation revealed that an unknown black male entered the residence by entering though a sliding glass door. When the suspect realized that the residents were home, he fled through the same door in an unknown direction. The suspect took money and documents from the home.

Police are asking for the community’s assistance in solving this crime. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5608, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

Frederiksted Man Assualted on King Street Friday Morning

April 17, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 17 at roughly 4:45 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to King Street, Frederiksted to investigate an assault incident.

Officers encountered an adult male with multiple lacerations about his body. The victim was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center for treatment. He was listed in stable condition but was unable to provide a statement to detectives.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed this assault to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Three Men Injured in Bovoni, One Fatally Wounded

April 16, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 16 at approximately 3:11 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received calls that shots were fired in the Bovoni Housing Community. Officers traveled to the area, where they learned that three males sustained gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center by private vehicle for treatment, and the other was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

One of the victims, identified by next of kin as 26-year-old Bertstrand Gilkes, Jr., subsequently succumbed to his injuries. The other two victims are in stable condition.

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

Shaq’kil Roberts Shot Dead in Estate Tutu

April 16, 2020

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 16 approximately 1:47 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen that shots were fired in the Tutu area. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive black male on the ground. The male appeared to have sustained multiple gunshots to the body. Emergency Medical Technicians on scene concluded that the male did not have any vital signs.

The victim was identified by next of kin as 26-year-old Shaq’kil Roberts. The VIPD is asking for the community’s assistance in finding those responsible for this incident.

Anyone having information regarding this crime is asked to call 911, the Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.  

2 Injured in Brawl at STX Store

April 16, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 13 at around 2:50 pm the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a physical disturbance at Cash & Carry, located in Estate La Reine.

A customer at the store reportedly attacked an employee of the store with a box cutter. The employee sustained multiple lacerations in the incident, with one of the injuries potentially life-threatening.

The employee, attempting to defend himself in the attack, armed himself with bottles and swung, causing injuries to the customer. One of the customer’s injuries is potentially life-threatening as well.

Both individuals were transported to the hospital for treatment.

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

1st Degree Animal Abuse Reported on St. Croix

April 16, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 13 a concerned citizen brought an injured dog to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center (SCAWC). The dog was found in the Haugland Energy staging area next to the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority power plant located in Estate Richmond, dragging both of its rear legs.

X-ray photos taken at the SCAWC revealed that the dog’s rear legs were broken, and several different size projectiles were lodged in the dog’s leg and body. On April 15, the dog underwent surgery, repairing its legs and removing the projectiles, which included a .45 caliber bullet.

The VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator was contacted about this incident, and it has been classified as a 1st Degree Animal Abuse. Anyone who has information that can lead to the arrest of the perpetrator is asked to call 911, the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator at (340) 778-2211 extension 6097, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

Attempted Grand Larceny Reported in Subbase

April 15, 2020

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 13 at approximately 9:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to Offshore Marina, located in Subbase, to a report of an Attempted Grand Larceny.

Employees of Offshore Marina advised officers that a boat engine was missing from a boat in the marina. A review of the surveillance footage revealed that four males with their faces covered attempted to steal the engine from the boat, but were unsuccessful. The engine fell into the water and the suspected thieves departed without the engine.

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.

Police on St. Thomas Investigating 2 Deaths on Easter Sunday

April 12, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 12 at approximately 12:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Oswald Harris Court Housing Community in reference to a deceased person.

The body of a partially decomposed male was discovered in Building 6. A family member of the deceased identified the male as 51-year-old Foster D. Cornelius. The body was removed from the scene by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death will be determined after an autopsy is performed.

About an hour later, roughly 1:18 p.m., officers were dispatched to Bordeaux Beach to a report of a body in the water. Officers arrived at the area and found that an unresponsive black male was removed from the water.

Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene reported that the male had no signs of life. The victim was identified by next of kin as 58-year-old Christian Beaupierre. The body was removed from the scene by the Medical Examiner’s Office, and the cause of death will be determined after an autopsy.

These cases are under investigation. Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call 911, the Major Crime Unit at (340) 774-2211 extension 5606, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

Man Assaulted in Smith Bay

April 12, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 10 at around 4:24 p.m., a concerned citizen called the 911 Emergency Call Center to report that a man was assaulted in Smith Bay in the vicinity of Lake’s Chicken Fry.

Police contacted the victim at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, where he reported that while in the area of Louis Market No. 1 he agreed to purchase marijuana and he gave a male individual money in exchange for the marijuana. The male left the area and did not produce the substance. The victim subsequently asked a group of individuals about the unknown male who took his money, and the group assaulted him. The victim was transported to the hospital via ambulance, where he received treatment for a laceration to the head.

This case is presently under investigation. 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.

VIPD Increases Patrols in Hospital Ground in Light of Recent Shootings

April 12, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – After experiencing three homicides in as many days in the Hospital Ground area, Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor walked the neighborhood, meeting residents of the area.  

The Virgin Islands Police Department is focused on reducing violent crime and enhancing the quality of life of residents of Hospital Ground. VIPD has increased the number officers on foot patrol in the area. Additionally, vehicles and pedestrians entering and exiting the Hospital Ground area are subject to police contact during Governor Albert Bryan's Stay-At-Home directive.

"The loss of one life impacts our community, yet we have seen three people tragically killed. More people have been killed by gun violence in the area than the number of COVID-19 deaths in our territory. VIPD is committed to work with the community to reduce gun violence,” said Commissioner Velinor.

Another Murder in the Hospital Ground Area of St, Thomas on Good Friday

April 10, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 10 at approximately 8:07 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Hospital Ground on a report of shots being fired. Officers traveled to the area, in the vicinity of the basketball court, and found an unresponsive male lying in the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds. It was determined that the victim had no vital signs.

The victim was identified by his next of kin as 35-year-old Junior Akimo Freeman. This case is presently under investigation.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5606, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Two Men Fatally Wounded in Hospital Ground in Separate Incidents

April 8, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 8 at approximately 4:19 a.m., the Major Crime Unit was notified of a homicide that occurred in Hospital Ground. Detectives traveled to the area and found an unresponsive male lying face down in the roadway with gunshot wounds about the body. The victim, identified by next of kin as 44-year-old Deshaune Harrigan, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Then at 8:14 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a gunshot victim in Hospital Ground, in the vicinity of the Fish Market. Dispatched officers found a black male with no vital signs. The victim was identified by next of kin as Michael McKie, age 42. These incidents are presently under investigation.

Any persons having information regarding these incidents is asked to call 911, the Major Crime Unit at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for 1st Degree Rape, Other Charges

April 8, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 7 at roughly 8:15 p.m., 43-year-old Gregory Anthony Beckford of Smith Bay turned himself in to police. He was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Rape, 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact, 1st Degree Assault and Aggravated Assault and Battery.

Beckford is accused of forcibly sexually assaulting a female victim on January 7. Bail for Beckford was set at $50,000, which he was unable to post. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of 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) 222-8477.

Female Shot by Fleeing Suspects

April, 8,2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 7 at around 9:50 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Hospital Ground, in the area of Goat Street, to check a call of shots fired. Police encountered an individual who reported that 3 males all dressed in black with black stockings over their faces were in the roadway firing shots. Other witnesses reported that the males ran though the parking lot of the Department of Human Services firing their handguns.

A female victim at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital reported that as she was leaving the area, she heard shots being fired and ran. She sustained two gunshot wounds to the body and was transported to the hospital via private vehicle for a treatment.

This case is presently under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (3400 774-2211 extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

Man Arrested for Domestic Assault on Family Member

April 6, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 6 at approximately 8:30 a.m., detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit arrested 36-year-old Isaiah Simmonds of Estate Bovoni and charged him with 1st Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

On April 4, the male victim stated that he was assaulted by Simmonds with a crowbar and a brick during a disagreement. The victim sustained multiple injuries about the body in the incident.

No bail was set for Simmonds as per the Domestic Violence statutes, and he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Man Wanted for Rape Apprehended

April 7, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 6 at approximately 11:11 p.m., Jimmy Davis, age 42 of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Rape.

Davis was identified as the individual who forcibly raped a 15-year-old female on April 3. There was also a Federal warrant for his arrest for Violation of Supervised Release. Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives, Special Operation Bureau officers, US Marshals and other Federal Agents conducted a joint operation to apprehend Davis. He contacted detectives, agreed to surrender to police and was apprehended in Williams Delight without incident.

Bail for Davis was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

April 6, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 5 at around 7:15 p.m., police arrested Kwanza Pasha George, age 31 of Paul M. Pearson Gardens, and charged him with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.

The victim of this incident reported that on March 19, she was sitting at home and observed an individual drive away with her vehicle without permission, and later noticed that her car keys were missing from inside her residence. The vehicle was later recovered on April 5 in Estate Canaan and Sherpenjewel, and George was positively identified as the individual who stole the car.

Bail for George 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.

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

Man Suffers Gunshot Wounds in Hospital Ground

April 6, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 6 at approximately 2:11 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to “Glass Bottle Alley” in Hospital Ground regarding a gunshot victim. The victim, a black male was located on the sidewalk by the assigned officers. The victim suffered two gunshot wounds and was transported to the Roy Schneider Hospital for treatment.

The victim reported that he was walking in the area known as “Jah Yard” when an unknown gunman dressed in black shorts, black T-shirt with a black colored cloth covering his face emerged from behind a galvanized fence and discharged multiple shots in his direction.

This case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with 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.

VIPD Economic Crime Unit Arrests St. Croix Man for Forgery, Filing or Recording Forged Instruments

April 5, 2020

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 3 at approximately 8:32 a.m., Economic Crime Unit detectives arrested 35-year-old John Challenger of Estate Cane Carlton on an arrest warrant for Forgery and Filing or Recording Forged Instruments.  

he U.S. Virgin Islands were among 32 States or Territories who late last year amended or added legislation to strengthen penalties for, or created legislation to deter unscrupulous persons (to include family members), from taking advantage of the elderly and persons dependent on their care. The legislation was supported by the Virgin Islands Legislature, and Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor pledged VIPD’s support in enforcing this law.

Upon passage of the legislation last year, the Economic Crime Unit (ECU) led by Sgt. Antonette Sargent, was given a mandate to bring all pending cases to the Commissioner’s Office for review. As a result of the review, a total of 21 cases ranging from Identity Theft to Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, were processed and executed here in the territory.

The VIPD Economic Crime Unit investigates all allegations of economic crimes, but cases involving Financial Exploitation of the Elderly are given priority. The Economic Crime Unit will investigate, arrest, and when necessary extradite those seeking to exploit our senior citizens. “Regardless of who you are or where you work, if our investigation determines that you have committed this violation of trust, you will be arrested,” Commissioner Velinor said.

The investigation into this case alleges that Challenger forged his parents’ signatures on a deed to their residence and gained ownership of the property without their knowledge in July of 2019. Challenger was arrested and charged, and his bail was set at $35,000. Unable to post bail, Challenger was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Commissioner Velinor applauds the Economic Crime Unit for their continued hard work, and encourages all victims of economic crimes to report their incidents to the police by calling 911, or the Economic Crime Unit at (340) 778-2211.

 

Attempted Rape Reported Near Bovoni Community Housing

April 5, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 4 at roughly 11:45 p.m., police were notified of an attempted rape near the Bovoni Community Housing area.

The female victim reported that while in a vehicle with a male friend, she declined his sexual advances. According to the victim, the suspect then attempted to force himself upon her, and a scuffle ensued. The victim was assaulted and was able to exit the vehicle before the suspect then left the area. The victim sustained various injuries in the incident and was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital for treatment.

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 5608 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Found with Controlled Substances; Arrested

April 5, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 4 at about 9:33 p.m., officers from the Special Operations Bureau arrested Acio Richards, age 28 of Mahogany Estate and Annas Retreat, charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School.

Officers were conducting an inspection in the vicinity of the Altona Professional Building when they conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle operated by Richards. During the traffic stop, officers recovered controlled substances in the vehicle and on Richards’ person, and he was arrested as a result.

Bail for Richards was set at $15,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Man Wanted for Rape, Federal Warrant

April 4,2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The VIPD is searching for Jimmy Davis. Davis is suspected in the forcible rape of a 15-year-old minor that occurred on April 3. There is also a Federal warrant for his arrest for Violation of Supervised Release.

Davis is a 42-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches in height, and weighs 210 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, a full beard and has a scar on his neck. He frequents Estates La Vallee, Profit, & Whim.

The VIPD is asking for the community’s help in locating Davis. 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.

Frederiksted KFC Fast Food Restaurant Held Up

April 3, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 2 at about 8:47 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center notified officers that a robbery was in progress at the KFC Restaurant in downtown Frederiksted.

Investigation revealed that two Black males dressed in all black and armed with handguns entered the establishment and removed cash out of the register, fleeing on foot in an unknown direction. Officers received a tip from a concerned citizen that the two suspects ran towards Fort Frederik and entered a black vehicle.

One suspect is described as having a dark complexion, slim built, muscular definition, about 5 feet 6 inches in height, wearing a black shirt to cover his face and was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt. The other suspect is described as slim built, wearing a shirt over his face, wearing a long-sleeved two-toned sweater.

This incident is under investigation. Anyone with information that can help detectives in solving this crime is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Unresponsive Female Found at Residence on St. Croix

April 3, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 30 at around 6:30 a.m., a 62-yar-old female was discovered at her home by a relative with no vital signs. She was found hanging in the yard.

This incident is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with details that can help the VIPD in the matter is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

Two St. Thomas Men Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance

April 2, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 31 at approximately 11:35 a.m., officers of the Special Operations Bureau arrested Umba Delsol, age 28 of Anna’s Retreat and Junior Akimo Freeman, age 35 of Hospital Ground, charging them with Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School.

Both Freeman and Delsol were in the Hospital Ground area, where they were found in possession of a controlled substance.

Bail for Delsol and Freeman were set at $10,000 each. Unable to post bail, both men were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Umba Delsol

Junior Freeman

17 Year-old Shot & Killed in Good Hope

March 31, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 31 at around 3:51 p.m., officers were notified of a gunshot victim in the Good Hope Townhouses. Officers traveled to the area and found a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound. He did not have any signs of life.

An autopsy will determine the details of the incident.

This case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with information that can help police in the matter is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Barren Spot Shooting: 23 year old Luis Perez killed

March 30, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 29 at approximately 7:45 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of shots fired in Estate Barren Spot.

Upon officers’ arrival in the area, they discovered a vehicle in the roadway. The driver of the vehicle had gunshot wounds about the body. The victim was transported to Juan Luis Hospital and Medical Center for treatment, he later succumbed to his injuries.

He was identified by next of kin as 23-year-old Luis Perez of Castle Burke.

his incident is being investigated by the VIPD Major Crime Unit. Anyone with information about the possible motive or perpetrators of this homicide is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Reckless Motorcycle Operator Found with Gun, Arrested

March 29, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 26 at about 5:21p.m., officers arrested Shamar N. Lewis, age 21 of Altona, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and 3rd Degree Assault.

Officers encountered Lewis while in the vicinity of Four Winds Plaza operating a motorcycle with no helmet. Officers attempted to stop Lewis, but instead of stopping, he accelerated his motorcycle, causing officers to take evasive action to avoid being hit. Lewis lost control of the motorcycle and collided into a nearby parked vehicle. Lewis was in possession of a knapsack, and officers found an unlicensed firearm in it. He was placed under arrest as a result.

Lewis was released on $25,000 unsecured bond, was placed on a curfew and ordered to surrender his travel documents to the court as conditions of his bail at his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas/St. John District Chief of Police Ludrick Thomas commended the officers for their quick actions in affecting this arrest. “This is the second straight day an arrest was made of a rogue motorcycle operator and the VI Police Department will not tolerate such reckless behavior on our roadways. Safety of everyone is important while operating a vehicle upon the public roadways. Driving is a privilege and not a right,” Chief Thomas said.

 

Wanted St. Croix Man Arrested for Attempted Murder, Other Charges

March 27, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 25, Police Chief Sidney Elskoe announced that VIPD officers, acting on information from the community, arrested Shamal Riviere, age 30 of Sion Farm, on charges of Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Assault, and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon during the Commission of a Crime of Violence.

Riviere was identified as the individual who stabbed the victim near the La Reine Service Station on July 26, 2019. Riviere evaded apprehension for several months until officers, acting on a tip from the community, conducted surveillance and apprehended Riviere without incident. Unable to post $250, 000 bail, Riviere was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Chief Sidney Elskoe applauds the community for ‘Seeing Something and Saying Something.’ He said, “The men and women of the VIPD, under the leadership of Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor, have been working very hard to regain, and maintain, the trust of our community.” Chief Elskoe urges the public to call 911 to report crimes in progress and to call tips in to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 where they can remain anonymous.

Man Wanted for Domestic Violence Surrenders to Police

March 27, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 26 at approximately 4:18 p.m., Dylan Steven, age 25 of Estate Hope, turned himself in to police after learning of the warrant that was out for his arrest. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Investigation revealed that Steven strangled his intimate partner during an altercation on March 7.

No bail was set for Steven, in accordance to local domestic violence laws, pending his initial court appearance.

 

VIPD Urges Families to Find Ways to Resolve Conflicts in Wake of COVID-19 State of Emergency

March 26, 2020

US Virgin Islands –The Virgin Islands Police Department has noticed an increase in the number of calls for service for domestic violence as Virgin Islanders stay at home, heeding Governor Albert Bryan’s orders to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the territory.

St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Ludrick Thomas and St. Croix Police Chief Sidney Elskoe are appealing to families to use alternate methods of conflict resolution between family members.

The VIPD is appealing to the community to take this time to engage in worthwhile family activities that would promote long lasting family memories. “Domestic violence is not conducive to family growth and development. While tempers tend to flare during these disasters, families must find ways to amicably resolve disputes,” Chief Thomas said.

Chief Elskoe added, “In a conflict, if it is possible, one family member should leave the home to allow the situation to cool down. Remember, there is no excuse for Domestic Violence.”

For more information on conflict resolution and domestic violence, contact the Family Resource Center in St. Thomas at (340) 776-3966 or the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix at (340) 773-9272.

Community Assisted in Man’s Arrest for Reckless Firearm Discharge

March 25, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 24 at approximately 9:57 p.m., police arrested Larry Cuencas, Jr., age 34 of Prince Street, Frederiksted, and charged him with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

Virgin Islands residents across the Territory have been complaining to Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor about the discharge of firearms in their neighborhoods. Technology such as Closed-Circuit Cameras, ShotSpotter, and other improved ballistic measures to combat this practice, needed community intervention. Thus, “When You See Something, Say Something,” was introduced.

Officers responding to a 911 Emergency Call Center to investigate “shots fired” in the vicinity of the Fritz Lawaetz Lagoon Street Homes, an anonymous tipster pointed out the vehicle from which the shots were fired. Officers made contact the driver and vehicle, and recovered an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Bail for Cuencas was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, Cuencas was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing. Commissioner Velinor thanks the community for reporting something, when they saw something.

VIPD LOOKING INTO 2 SEPARATE WEEKEND SHOOTINGS ON ST.THOMAS

March 22, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 21 at approximately 10:32 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Smith Bay, in the vicinity of the Lone Eagle Supermarket, in reference to a gunshot victim. Officers encountered a male victim with gunshot wounds.

The victim was found unresponsive and was transported via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital for treatment of his wounds. When he became responsive at the hospital, the victim was uncooperative and did not give officers details of the incident.

On Sunday, around 4 am, in another shooting incident, the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in relation to a gunshot victim.

The male victim reported to detectives that while he was driving his vehicle in the area of Harwood Highway, he heard a gunshot. He further stated that he made it to the Weymouth Rhymer Highway when he felt liquid running down his leg and realized that he was bleeding. He then turned around and drove himself to the hospital. The victim sustained a gunshot wound, was treated for his injury and released.

The cases are presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons having information regarding these incidents are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5608, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Refinery Worker Dies from Injuries

March 22, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 21 at approximately 9:23 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of an injured male who reportedly fell from the 3rd floor at St. C Condos

The victim was discovered at the area, appearing to have sustained serious injuries to his body as a result of the fall. He was transported to Juan F. Luis Hospital via ambulance and later succumbed to his injuries.

The victim has been identified as 66-year-old Randolph K. Sue from Arizona, who was employed at the Limetree Bay Terminals.

The investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the incident. Anyone with information that can help detectives are urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS

VIPD Consumer Services to Close

March 22, 2020

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor is notifying the general public that the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is committed to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. To that end, the VIPD is announcing that effective Monday, March 23, Central Records Bureau offices, Firearms Bureau offices and fingerprinting services territory-wide will be closed until further notice.

Chiefs of Police Ludrick Thomas of the St. Thomas/St. John District and Sidney Elskoe of the St. Croix District also ask the general public to report non-emergency incidents by calling 911, (340) 776-9110 in St. Thomas/St. John or (340) 772-9111 in St. Croix. Officers will still respond to crimes in progress or a crime in need of immediate follow-up.

Updated: Wanted STX Man Arrested

March 22, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 21 at around 9:20 p.m., officers arrested 24-year-old Dasha Graham of Candido Guadalupe Terrace and charged him with 1st Degree Arson.

Earlier that day, the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a car fire in Estate La Reine. Investigation revealed that the vehicle is owned by a female who was formerly in a relationship with Graham, and that Graham was the individual who set the vehicle on fire. Graham was also arrested on February 5 for entering the same victim’s home without permission, taking items, and assaulting her.

Graham was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his court appearance.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for 1st Degree Rape

March 21,2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 20 at approximately 7 p.m., detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit arrested Adala Donastorg, age 52 of Estate Bovoni Apartments, and charged him with 1st Degree Rape.

Donastorg was positively identified as the suspect who sexually assaulted a female victim on March 7.

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

St. Thomas Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment After Vehicle Chase

March 21, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 20 at around 5:52 p.m., police arrested Malachi A. Petersen, age 21 of Smith Bay, and charged him with Reckless Endangerment.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Petersen in Estate Altona, but he refused to pull the vehicle over as lawfully ordered and attempted to evade the officers. Officers gave chase, eventually stopping the vehicle on Maude Proudfoot Drive and taking Petersen into custody.

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

Two Men Shot & Killed Estate Glynn

March 21, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 20 at around 9:04 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of two individuals in the bush area of the Old Cockpit in Estate Glynn, and that they appeared to be covered in blood. Officers arrived and found a male victim with no vital signs and another male victim with signs of life. The victim with signs of life was transported via ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Both males suffered gunshot wounds about the body.

The victims were identified by next of kin as 29-year-old Malik Graham and 23-year-old Malcolm Francis.

This case is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone who has any information on this incident is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

St. Croix Man Turns Himself In to Face Domestic Burglary Charge

March 20, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 19 at approximately 11:27 p.m., 39-year-old Rashede Emanuel of Sion Farm turned himself in to police. He was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Domestic Violence.

Emanuel was arrested for breaking into his former girlfriend’s home and assaulting her, causing visible injuries.

No bail was offered to Emanuel, in accordance with local domestic violence laws. He was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

St. Croix Man Arrested for Domestic Rape

March 20, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 19 at around 12:47 p.m., police arrested Makhi Tonge, age 19 of Sion Farm and charged him with 1st Degree Rape, Domestic Violence.

Tonge was identified as the suspect who sexually assaulted a female relative.

Bail was not offered to Tonge, as per the local domestic violence laws. He was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Operation “Lock Them Up” Nets Three Arrests, Two Firearms

March 19, 2020

T. CROIX, USVI – On March 19, detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and officers of the Special Operations Bureau conducted Operation “Lock Them Up,” executing arrest warrants for three men in separate cases.

At around 5:18 a.m., police arrested Rolando Gautier, age 37 of Peter’s Rest, and charged him with 2nd Degree Reckless Endangerment, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Discharging or Aiming of a Firearm, and Possession of Ammunition. Previously, on December 16, 2019, officers were dispatched to Gautier’s residence for a report of shots fired in the area. Further investigation by detectives led to a warrant being issued for Gautier’s arrest. When the arrest warrant was executed, officers discovered two unlicensed firearms, adding charges to the arrest.

Also, at approximately 5:18 a.m., officers arrested 30-year-old Heriberto Ramos of Castle Burke, charging him with 3rd Degree Assault, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Discharging or Aiming of a Firearm, Brandishing, Exhibiting or Using a Deadly Weapon, Simple Assault and Battery and Domestic Violence. The arrest stemmed from a January 8 incident, when two females reported that Ramos brandished a firearm and assaulted them with the firearm. An arrest warrant was obtained for the incident.

At 10:25 a.m., officers arrested Nazari J. Hazel, age 20 of Croixville Apartments, and charged him with 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Aiming or Discharging of a Firearm, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Ammunition. Hazel was identified as the individual who discharged a firearm in the Croixville Apartments area on November 11, 2019.

Bail for Gautier was set at $25,000, bail for Ramos was set at $30,000, and bail for Hazel was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, all three men were remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

 

 

Heriberto Ramos

Nazari J. Hazel

Rolando Gautier

St. Croix Man and Woman Arrested for Child Abuse, Other Charges

March 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On in the early morning hours of March 19, police arrested Francisco J. Carmona, age 34 and Joanne Ruiz-Carmona, age 38, both of D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace on warrants issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Carmona was charged with 1st Degree Aggravated Rape, Child Abuse and 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact. Ruiz-Carmona was charged with Child Abuse and Child Neglect.

Detectives received a complaint in July of 2019 that a sexual assault occurred, and that several female minors were being abused. An investigation was conducted that lead to a warrant being obtained for the arrest of Carmona and Ruiz-Carmona.

ail for Carmona was set at $150,000, while bail Ruiz-Carmona was set at $15,000. Unable to post bail, Carmona and Ruiz-Carmona were remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Wanted St. Thomas Man Turns Himself in to Police

March 19, 2020.

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 19 at approximately 2:38 p.m., Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, age 26 of Annas Retreat, turned himself in to police and was arrested, charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, Disturbance of the Peace, 2nd Degree Reckless Endangerment, Interfering with Officer Discharging His Duty, Inciting Dog to Attack, and Dog at Large (Failure to Leash)

Cumberbatch was arrested regarding an incident that occurred on February 16, when officers were dispatched to his residence to investigate a report of shots fired. Officers encountered Cumberbatch who verbally challenged officers. During the confrontation, Cumberbatch’s dog, which was not restrained, attacked an officer.

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

 

VIPD Warns Against Increasing Social Security Scam Calls

March 18, 2020

U.S. Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Police Department is advising the general public that there is a Social Security Administration scam being perpetrated on senior residents in the territory.

Individuals are claiming that they are law enforcement officers and they are requesting your Social Security Number and demanding that you make money transfers to them.

Employees of the Social Security Administration will never:

*threaten you with arrest or other legal action unless you immediately pay a fine or fee;

*promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment;

*require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card;

*or send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.

If you receive a call or email that you believe to be suspicious, about a problem with your Social Security number or account, hang up or do not respond.

VIPD encourages the public to report Social Security phone scams to the Social Security Administration or to the VIPD. 

 

Man Wanted for Shooting at Officer Turns Himself In

March 13, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 12 approximately 1 a.m., Wayne Burke turned himself in to police. He was subsequently arrested and charged with 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, 2nd Degree Attempted Robbery, Unauthorized Possession of Firearm and Possession of Ammunition.

These charges stem from an incident on January 7, where Burke and an associate attempted to rob the KFC restaurant in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center. When a police officer attempted to apprehend the two men, Burke fired shots after the officer and escaped.

Bail for Burke was set at $500.000. He was advised of his rights in Superior Court and has been slated for release on an unsecured bond in the amount of the bail and a third party custodian.

St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe thanked the community and commended detectives for working together to close this case. “Our detectives worked hard to make this arrest. We would like to thank those who assisted us with information to make this happen,” said Chief Elskoe.

Wayne Burke

Man Arrested on Warrant for 1st Degree Robbery

March 13, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 12 at around 2:50 p.m., police arrested 24-year-old Dante Tonge of Contant Knolls on a warrant issued by the Superior Court, charging him with 1st Degree Robbery.

Tonge was identified as one of two men who robbed a victim at gunpoint outside La Delicia in Contant on March 6.

Bail for Tonge was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

 

Dante Tonge

Akil Santiago Arrested for the Murder of His Brother

March12, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 12 at approximately 9:48 a.m., police arrested Akil Santiago, age 30 of Williams Delight, and charged him with 1st Degree Murder; 1st Degree Assault, Domestic Violence and Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm.

Akil Santiago was identified as the individual who shot and killed Jahkim Santiago, who was his brother, on February 29. Jahkim Santiago’s body was found in the waters behind of the now closed Good Hope School.

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

St. Croix Man Wanted for Domestic Burglary

March 12, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is searching for Rashede “Bopps” Emanuel. Emanuel is wanted for 1st Degree Burglary, Domestic Violence.

Emanuel is a 39-year-old Black male, 5 feet 8 inches in height, and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair in waist-length dreadlocks, brown eyes and has a disfigured left hand. He usually frequents Estate Glynn. Please assist the VIPD in locating Emanuel.

Anyone who encounters him or knows his whereabouts are urged to call 911, the Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 778-2211 extension 6119, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Rashede “Bopps” Emanuel

VIPD Investigating 1st Degree Rape on St. Thomas

March 11, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 7 at approximately 4 p.m., detectives were dispatched to the Schneider Regional Medical Center in reference to a sexual assault allegation.

The victim reported that while with friends in the area of the Fruit Stand, she was approached by a person familiar to her. She stated that while departing the area, the male attempted to talk to her, but she dismissed him and continued home. She stated that she locked and secured her residence before going to bed, and subsequently awakened to the same male intruder in her room. She said that she pushed him off and ran to a nearby apartment.

This matter is currently under investigation by the Domestic Violence Unit. Anyone with information in this matter is asked to call 911, the Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

VIPD:Chandler Heath of Estate Thomas Strangled His Ex

March 10, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 10 at approximately 5:08 p.m., detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit arrested 28-year-old Chandler Heath of Estate Thomas and charged him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

The victim reported that she was assaulted by Heath, who is her daughter’s father, on February 29. She stated that he came to her residence and strangled her as she opened her door, leaving minor injuries.

Bail was not offered to Heath as per the local domestic violence statutes. He was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Chandler Heath

St. Thomas Man Charged With Assault

March 10, 2020

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 9 at around 9 p.m., police arrested St. Bernard G. Terrell, age 64 of Smith Bay, and charged him with 3rd Degree Assault.

The victim of the assault reported that as he walked into the Lone Eagle Superette store in Smith Bay, he got into a verbal altercation with Terrell. According to the victim, Terrell went to his vehicle and came back with two weapons, at which time a scuffle ensued. The victim sustained several injuries about the body from the weapons used by Terrell. After onlookers parted the altercation, Terrell fled the area in a vehicle in an unknown direction.

Officers found Terrell a few hours later and placed him under arrest. Bail for Terrell was set at $25,000. He was unable to post bail, so he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Bernard G. Terrell

Man Suffers Non-Fatal Gunshot Wounds, Suspect Arrested

March 10, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 10 at approximately 2:41 a.m., officers were dispatched to Krondprindsens Gade, in the vicinity of the Department of Labor, in reference to shots being fired and hearing an unknown individual screaming in the area.

Officers arrived at the area and found a gunshot victim on the stairway in the area of Kenia’s Fashion. The victim stated that he was walking westward in the area when a black male, who he knows, approached and told him that he had ten seconds to get out of the area. The suspect reached for his waist and pulled out what appeared to be a black handgun and pointed it at him. The victim continued that as he turned around to leave the area, the suspect fired several shots at him. The victim then stated that he ran towards a residence where his family resides and observed that he was shot multiple times. The victim was transported via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital where he was treated for his gunshot wounds.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., detectives arrested Maulique J. Caines, age 24 of Anna’s Retreat, and charged him with 3rd Degree Assault after he was positively identified as the individual who shot the victim. Bail for Caines was set at $25,000. He was not able to post bail, and he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas / St. John Chief of Police Ludrick Thomas praised officers for the quick arrest in this case. “I wish to commend the officers and detectives in this particular case, especially since this arrest was made within 24 hours. This is a prime example of what happens when the police and the community work hand-in-hand. If you see something, say something; if you hear something, say something; and if you know something, say something. Together, we can bring closure to a number of ongoing incidents.”

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Domestic Simple Assault

March 10, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 9 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Domestic Violence Unit detectives arrested Jose A. Garcia, Jr., age 28 of Hospital Ground, and charged him with Simple Assault, Domestic Violence.

The victim reported that she was assaulted by Garcia, who is her daughter’s father, at the bus stop at Nisky Center. Garcia struck the victim in the face with a closed fist, causing injuries. The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Hospital via ambulance for her injuries.

No bail was offered to Garcia as per local domestic violence statutes, and he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing

Jose A. Garcia, Jr