Catherine’s Rest Man Arrested After Depositing Fraudulent Checks

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Killing of Horse in Estate Richmond Under Investigation

April 6, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 4, the owner of a horse visited the Anselmo Marshall Command in Christiansted to report that the horse was killed.

The owner of the horse reported that on April 3, at around 5:30 p.m., he tied the horse in a field in Estate Richmond. He returned to the field the next morning, at around 6:30, to find the horse dead with what appeared to be stab wounds about its body. The horse’s owner stated that he doesn’t know who would harm the horse, or why someone would do that.

 

St. Thomas Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

April 4, 2021.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 3, at roughly 1:45 p.m., 30-year-old Hasani J. King of Michael J. Kirwan Terrace turned himself in to police and was arrested for an assault which occurred on April 1. He was charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence; Disturbance of the Peace, Domestic Violence; and Destruction of Property, Domestic Violence.

Officers received information from an adult female victim, who reported that King, who is her boyfriend, assaulted her during a disagreement. King gave a statement to police and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone having information about this incident is urged to contact police by calling 911, the VIPD Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 774-2211 extension 5536, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Motorcyclist Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Collision

March 26, 2021.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 25 at approximately 7:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to Rumer Drive, in the vicinity of the Oswald Harris Court housing community, to an auto accident with injuries involving a motorcycle. Upon arrival, officers observed several good Samaritans attempting to aid a Caucasian male on the ground.

The investigation into the accident revealed the motorcycle was traveling northward on Rumer Drive in the center turn lane. A Toyota Corolla, traveling east on 1st Avenue, made a right turn onto Rumer Drive, where the collision occurred. The rider of the motorcycle, who was thrown off the vehicle in the collision, was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment, but succumbed to his injuries at about 8 p.m. The identity of the motorcycle rider is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

 

Man and Woman Charged with Child Abuse

March 19, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – Police arrested Kenyatta Horsford, age 44 of Estate Cane and Linda Williams, age 33 of Mount Pleasant Apartments, on March 18 at around 1:52 p.m. Hosford was charged with 1st Degree Assault and Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect. Williams was charged with Child Abuse and Neglect and other relevant charges.

Investigation into the matter revealed that Horsford assaulted the minor victim. Williams attempted to mislead Virgin Islands Department of Human Services employees and police by producing another minor child during the investigation. When Williams eventually produced the minor victim who was assaulted, the child was found to be severely injured. The minor victim was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center via police for treatment, and the child was listed in critical condition.

 

St. John Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

March 19, 2021

ST. JOHN, USVI – On March 18, at approximately 1:15 p.m., police arrested Russell Davis, age 37 of Chocolate Hole, charging him with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Davis is accused of assaulting the adult female victim during a disagreement.

 

Two Men Arrested for Firearm Possession

March 16, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 15 at around 3:25 p.m., officers arrested 20-year-old D’Andre Friday of Mon Bijou and 23-year-old Rahmeak Jackson of Hermon Hill, charging the men with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Ammunition.

Detectives conducted a traffic stop in the area of Mon Bijou of a car operated by Friday, in which Jackson was the passenger. During the course of the traffic stop, detectives recovered a loaded firearm resulting in the arrest of Friday and Jackson.

Bail for Friday and Jackson was set at $50,000 each. Unable to post bail, both men were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

 

 

St. Croix Woman Charged with Murder

March 12, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 11 at around 8:46 a.m., police arrested Ta'Jhanique Cumberbatch, Age 22 of Estate Besty's Jewel, charging her with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed During the Commission a Crime, Possession of Ammunition, and Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder.

Cumberbatch was charged in connection to the March 2 shooting incident at a residence in Estate Carlton that claimed the life of 38-year-old Ian Benjamin, Sr.

Bail for Cumberbatch was set at $1,000,000, which she was not able to post. She was subsequently turned over to the custody to the Bureau of Corrections, pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

 

St. Croix Man Charged with Ammunition Possession

March 10, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 9, at around 4 a.m., detectives arrested 19-year-old Jared Dover of Tan Tan Terrace, on a warrant. He was charged with Possession of Ammunition.

On May 1, 2020, police investigated a shooting incident on Benny Benjamin Drive, where the gunshot victim was dropped off at the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center via private vehicle for treatment. Dover, the victim of the incident, was found in possession of a fully loaded firearm magazine. On August 24, 2020, officers obtained an arrest warrant from the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Detectives subsequently located Dover in South Carolina and brought him back to the Territory to face his charge.

 

Florida Fugitive from Justice Arrested

March 9, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 8, at around 2:20 p.m., the VIPD’s U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force Detective arrested Venessa Blanco, age 31 of no fixed address, charging her with being a Fugitive from Justice.

Blanco, who was in police custody on a separate local charge, was found to have an active warrant in the state of Florida for failing to appear in court for a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge. She was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending her Extradition hearing.

Office of Highway Safety - Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – VIPD Commissioner Trevor Velinor and the Office of Highway Safety understand that people are looking for a reason to celebrate, and we want our community to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but we also want to emphasize the importance of safe driving. If you plan to consume alcohol or have been drinking alcohol, make the right choice to find a sober driver to get you and your friends home safely. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.”

Buzzed driving is a continuous problem in our community, especially around days like St. Patrick’s Day. In March 2020, there were three hundred and six (306) crashes in the territory (96 in St. Croix, and 210 in St. Thomas/St. John). Designated Drivers should also be aware of pedestrians who have had too much to drink. Walking while intoxicated can be deadly, as lack of attention to their surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting struck by a vehicle.

If you are the designated driver, keep that promise of safety to yourself and your passengers. People are trusting you to be alert to traffic conditions, other drivers, and pedestrians on the roadway. Do not be the reason that someone, including yourself, does not get home. “Don’t let St. Patrick’s Day become an anniversary of a tragic night.”

Second Man Dies in Corner Pocket Incident

ST. CROIX, USVI – Another victim from the shooting incident at the Corner Pocket Grillhouse and Nightclub in Estate La Reine has succumbed from his injuries.

The victim, identified as 25-year-old Kadeem Baptiste, was one of six persons shot on February 27 at the establishment when a verbal dispute escalated to an apparent gun battle. Baptiste was airlifted to a hospital on the mainland for treatment, where he died on March 6.

Detectives are urging anyone with information in this and other recent shooting incidents on St. Croix to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

 

Police Investigating Homicide in Mutual Homes

March 3, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 2, at approximately 9 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired and a man down in the Mutual Homes housing community, in the vicinity of Building 41. 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 vital signs. The victim was identified as Euette A. Brown, age 34.

Sidney Elskoe, St. Croix District Chief of Police, condemned this latest incident. “Another family is left to mourn the loss of their loved one, due to senseless gun violence. We must come together as a community and say, ‘Enough is enough!’” He encourages everyone who knows what happened to contact police to say what happened by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778- 4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. You can get a reward for your tip that leads to an arrest.

 

St. Thomas Man Charged with Grand Larceny

March 2, 2021

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 1, at around 8:30 a.m., detectives of the Economic Crime Unit arrested Chandler Heath, age 29 of Grandview Apartments, on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. He was charged with Grand Larceny, Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, and Embezzlement by a Fiduciary.

The investigation, initiated in November 2020, revealed that Heath took possession of and resold property belonging to a business without authorization.

Bail for Heath 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.

Governor Bryan Issues Statement on Weekend Shootings

February 28, 2021

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Governor Albert Bryan Jr. Issued the following statement Sunday morning concerning the recent shooting incidents on St. Croix:

“There are few words to express the outrage and the hurt our community feels this morning because of the callous and reckless actions of those who chose to reign terror on our streets this weekend.

“We are dealing with enough as a community. We do not need to add this level of senseless gun crime to the challenges confronting our community. This is not who we are or what we stand for.

“I pray for the victims and their loved ones and plead with those members of our community with information to come forward so that we can bring swift justice to the perpetrators of these senseless crimes.”

Police Investigating Homicide in Williams Delight

February 26, 2021

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 26, at approximately 9:57 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of shots fired and a man down on Main Street in Williams Delight. Upon the officers’ arrival, they discovered a Black male with a gunshot wound to the head and an older model SUV with multiple bullet holes.

The male victim, later identified as 30-year-old Kevin Jerome of Williams Delight, was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Police Chief Sidney Elskoe asks the community to, “Take a stance against violence by speaking up and ensuring justice for the family and the community.” Anyone with information is urged to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

 

St. Croix Man Charged with Rape

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 23, at roughly 9:35 a.m., police arrested Nicholas Greaves, age 26 of no fixed address, on a warrant issued by the Superior Court. He was charged with 1st Degree Rape.

Greaves allegedly physically assaulted, then forcibly raped, a female victim.

Bail for Greaves 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.

Upper Love Man Charged with Domestic Violence Burglary

February 23, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – 40-year-old Nigel J. Hazel of Upper Love was arrested on February 22, at roughly 7:31 p.m. He was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, Domestic Violence.

On February 20, at approximately 12 p.m., Hazel entered the female victim’s residence without her permission. Upon entering her residence, Hazel kicked in the bedroom door and destroyed items inside the residence.

Hazel was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections without bail, as per the territory’s domestic violence laws, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

St. Croix Man Extradited from Florida to Face Economic Crime Charges

February 17, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 17, at around 2:52 p.m., Dennis Hospedales, age 47 of Estate Barren Spot, was extradited from Orlando, Florida to St. Croix and placed under arrest. He was charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Grand Larceny, and Drawing and Delivering Worthless Checks.

The investigation into this matter revealed that on June 2, 2020, Hospedales knowingly and maliciously deposited his Economic Stimulus check using an application on his mobile phone into his bank account, then subsequently presented the check to a bank and cashed it.

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

Man on Pretrial Release Charged with Firearm Possession

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 16, at around 11:18 a.m., 24-year-old Daniym Heywood of Ludvig E. Harrigan Court turned himself in to police, where he was arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant related to Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm. Heywood was also charged by the Office of Probation for Contempt of Court for violating the terms of his pretrial release from a June 2020 arrest.

Heywood was observed on surveillance video discharging a firearm at a vehicle, after the occupants of the vehicle opened fire on him and others on King Street, Frederiksted, on October 9. The incident resulted in the death of 21-year-old Kadiyen Illidge. Heywood was not charged with Illidge’s homicide.

Bail for Heywood was set at $100,000. He was not able to post bail, and was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Two Injured in Harbor View Shooting

February 15, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 13, at approximately 11:54 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center notified officers of an apparent shooting incident in the vicinity of the Harbor View Apartments. When officers arrived at the scene, they were informed of the incident, and that the victims were transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center.

During an interview at the hospital, a male and a female victim reported that someone in a dark sedan, wearing a black hoodie and black mask, fired shots at their vehicle. The victims stated they left the area and traveled to the John F. Kennedy Terrace housing community for assistance, and the suspect’s vehicle fled in the Golden Rock area.

The male victim received gunshot injuries to his left arm and left leg. The female victim received a gunshot wound to the upper back. Three other occupants of the vehicle were not injured.

VIPD detectives are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact them 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.

 

Minnesota Woman Charged with Being a Fugitive From Justice

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On February 8, at around 5 p.m., detectives arrested Crystal Renee Simmons, age 34 of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, charging her with being a Fugitive From Justice.

Simmons was detained at the Cyril E. King Airport by Customs and Border Protection agents as she attempted to board a flight. She has an active warrant from the Sheriff’s Office in Jefferson County, Alabama, wanted for charges of Identity Theft – Obtaining Goods and Services. VIPD detectives were notified, and Simmons was placed under arrest.

Simmons was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections without bail, pending her Extradition hearing.

Two Arrested for 3rd Degree Assault in Oswald Harris Court

February 8, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – VIPD officers arrested 23-year-old Katina Evans of Paul M. Pearson Gardens and 19-year-old Raquan Penn of Oswald Harris Court on charges of 3rd Degree Assault, Damage to Vehicle, and Disturbance of the Peace by Fighting. Penn was charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Aiding & Abetting, Simple Assault & Battery, and Disturbance of the Peace by Fighting.

The victim in this incident reported that Evans and Penn assaulted him in the Oswald Harris Court Community Center and damaged his vehicle around 6:00 p.m. on February 5. The victim also stated that Evans attempted to stab him with a knife and used an electronic stun gun to assault him. At approximately 6:30 p.m. on February 6, Evans was arrested by officers in the Oswald Harris Court community. Subsequently, on February 7, Penn was arrested after he turned himself in to police around 8:05 p.m.

Bail for Evans and Penn were set at $25,000 each. Neither suspects were able to post bail, and they were both turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

St. Croix Man Charged with Contempt of Court

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 5, at approximately 9:35 a.m., police arrested 44-year-old Fernando Santiago of no fixed address, charging him with Contempt of Court, Domestic Violence; Disturbance of the Peace by Threats; and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

Santiago is accused of threatening a female victim with a weapon in downtown Christiansted on January 25, violating a no-contact court order. He was spotted in the Kingshill area by detectives and apprehended.Santiago was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections without bail, in accordance with Virgin Islands domestic violence statutes, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Investigates Market Square Gunshot Injury

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On February 3, at approximately 10:58 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim.

The victim reported that he was in the Market Square area with other individuals when an unknown male produced a firearm. The victim further stated that he heard the sound of the firearm and recognized that he was shot in his leg. The victim was transported to the hospital via private vehicle for medical treatment, where he was listed in stable condition. The suspect is described as a Black male in his twenties, slim built with a low-cut hairstyle, wearing a white t-shirt.

Detectives are urging anyone with information about this incident to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222- TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Estate Frydendahl Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 31, at approximately 3:30 a.m., police arrested Emile Ronaldo Lake, age 41 of Frydendahl, charging him with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

The victim reported Lake physically assaulted her while holding her minor child.

Bail was not offered to Lake, in accordance with the Territory’s domestic violence laws. Lake was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Christiansted Man Charged with Contempt of Court

January 31, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 30, at roughly 6:07 p.m., detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau arrested Elias Velasquez, Jr., age 53 of Hill Street, Christiansted, on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. He was charged with Contempt of Court.

On March 11, 2020, Velasquez violated a restraining order not to have direct or indirect contact with an adult female.

Bail for Velasquez was set at $1,000, which he was not able to post. He was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

 

Work & Rest Woman Charged with Burglary and Assault

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 28, at approximately 10:52 p.m., police arrested Rebekah Kelly, age 25 of Work & Rest, charging her with 1st Degree Burglary, Domestic Violence; Aggravated Assault & Battery; and Destruction of Property.

Kelly allegedly broke into her boyfriend’s residence, assaulted him, and damaged his property.

Constant 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.

 

St. John Motorcyclist Dies in Collision

ST. JOHN, USVI - On January 26, at about 6:55 p.m., Traffic Investigation Bureau officers were notified of a vehicular accident in Estate Adrian. Upon arrival, officers learned of a collision between a vehicle and a motorcycle.

The driver of the vehicle stated as he traveled around the corner of the road, a motorcycle was traveling directly towards his vehicle, and the two collided. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene confirmed the operator of the motorcycle had no signs of life. The operator of the motorcycle was identified by next of kin as 36-year-old Ceneca E. Lindo of Estate Enighed.

This accident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information about thee incident is asked to contact police by calling 911 or the Traffic Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211.

Golden Rock Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 18 at roughly 3:20 p.m., police arrested Vernon Sackey, Jr., age 21 of Golden Rock, charging him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Sackey is accused of choking his girlfriend, leaving visible injuries.

Sackey was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing. He was not granted bail, in accordance with the territory’s domestic violence laws.

Police Investigating Gallows Bay Shooting Incident

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 17 at roughly 5:07 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a discharging of shots in the Gallows Bay business district. Officers traveled to the area and found a Black male with a gunshot injury.

He was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance for treatment of a gunshot wound to his lower torso, and later released.

The investigation into this incident revealed that a silver 4-door Suzuki sedan, which was occupied by four male individuals wearing clown masks, drove up on the victim and fired multiple shots at him.

Detectives are urging anyone with additional information about this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Body Found In Christiansted Wharf

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 14 at around 9:09 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of a body floating in Christiansted Wharf. Officers traveled to the area and observed a motionless, older, Caucasian male in the water. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene retrieved the victim from the water and determined he had expired.

Officers found no apparent signs of foul play. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Detectives are reaching out to the community for information on what happened. If you have information, you are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Investigating Shooting Death in Gallows Bay

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 12 at approximately 7:05 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired in Gallows Bay. Officers traveled to the area and found a Hispanic male with multiple gunshot wounds on the ground in the parking lot between two businesses. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene made a check of the victim and concluded that he did not have any vital signs. The victim was identified by family members as 23-year-old Michael Cruz of Sion Farm.

St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe denounced this homicide. “Yet another family is dealing with the grief of losing a loved one to gun violence at such a young age. I am appealing to the young men in this community to put the guns down,” Chief Elskoe said.

There is evidence that shows that people witnessed the shooting incident today. If you are one of those people, you are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI, where your tip can earn you a reward.

St. Thomas Man Reported Missing Found Dead at Beach

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 10 at roughly 5:17 p.m., 62-year-old Roy A. Frett was reported missing by family members. Frett was last seen on January 10 at around 3:15 p.m. taking a swim at John Brewer’s Beach. Officers from the VIPD, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the U. S. Coast Guard, St. Thomas Rescue, University of the Virgin Islands Security and the Virgin Islands Fire Service conducted a search of the area for Frett with negative results. The search was suspended at nightfall and resumed at around 6 a.m. on January 11.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. January 11, St. Thomas Rescue personnel located an unresponsive Black male floating in the water at the eastern end of John Brewer’s Beach. The male was removed from the water and Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene confirmed that he did not have any signs of life. The male was identified by next of kin as Frett.

The cause of death is unknown at this time, pending an autopsy. The investigation into this incident continues.

Man Charged with Rape

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 8 at around 10 p.m., police arrested Rahmeak Jackson, age 22 of Candido Guadalupe Terrace, charging him with 1st Degree Rape and 1st Degree Assault.

The victim in this incident reported to police that the night before, she was intoxicated from consuming alcohol at a party. Jackson, who was also at the party, took advantage and forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her. Jackson admitted to the act and was placed under arrest.

Jackson’s bail was set at $100,000, which he was not able to post. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Commissioner Velinor Joins U.S. Attorney Shappert in Encouraging The Public To Celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, USVI — The U.S. Attorney’s Office encourages everyone to observe Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by saluting our law enforcement officers this Saturday.

“Local and federal law enforcement officers are our first responders whenever our communities are threatened by criminal activity, natural disasters, or other public safety emergencies,” U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. “The men and women of law enforcement risk their lives and sacrifice their personal interests in order to protect and defend all of us,” Shappert said. “And each year, approximately 140 to 160 officers sacrifice their lives in the line of duty. It’s our job to acknowledge and recognize their enormous contributions to public safety and to our well-being.”

 

St. Thomas Man Charged with Domestic Aggravated Rape

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 5 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Tasheem Raheem Leonard, age 27 of Mariendahl, was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Aggravated Rape, Domestic Violence.

The minor, female victim reported to police that Leonard engaged in a sexual relationship with her sometime in 2020. Leonard admitted to the act and was placed under arrest. Leonard was not offered bail as per the territory’s domestic violence statutes and was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Anyone having information about this crime can call 911, the VIPD Domestic Violence Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5536, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Police Investigating New Year's Day Death in Cruz Bay

ST JOHN, USVI - On January 1 at 11:42 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired in Cruz Bay, in the vicinity of Pine Peace. Officers traveled to the location and found an unresponsive Black male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the victim had no vital signs.

The victim was identified by family members as 28-year-old Lessroy Gumbs.

Anyone who has information about this incident is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5617 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where your information can earn you a reward.

Smith Bay Shooting Victim Succumbs to Injuries

ST. THOMAS, USVI – One of the four victims injured during the shooting incident in Smith Bay on December 27, 2020 has succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified by family members as 33-year-old Delroy Venzen, Jr. Reportedly, he was in a physical altercation with an unknown Black male when he was shot. Venzen perished on December 31, 2020 at approximately 1:26 p.m.

 

Four Injured in Smith Bay Shooting Incident

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 27 at approximately 10:58 p.m., officers were advised of a shooting incident near a restaurant in Smith Bay with four male victims.

Contact was made with a victim at the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center who reported that he was in a physical altercation with an unknown Black male in the area of Smith Bay, when he was shot. The other three gunshot victims also arrived at the RLSH and each victim indicated they were not associated with a fight or altercation when shot.

None of the victims had any knowledge of who may have fired the shots. The first victim sustained a laceration to the face from the altercation and gunshot wound to the abdomen. The second victim sustained two gunshot wounds to the left arm. The third victim sustained a gunshot wound to the left thigh, and the fourth victim sustained a gunshot wound to the left hip. All victims were listed in stable condition.

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

St. Croix Man Arrested for Domestic Burglary and Assault

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 26 at approximately 10:45 a.m., police arrested Janeil Herbert, age 24 of Sion Farm, charging him with Burglary 1st, Domestic Violence and Simple Assault, Domestic Violence.

The victim reported to police that Herbert entered into her apartment without permission. Herbert assaulted the victim and took her mobile phone before leaving the apartment. Herbert was located and taken into custody a short time later.

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

Driver Abandons Vehicle After Injuring Pedestrian

December 25, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 21 approximately 6:33 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Estate Paradise, in the vicinity of the shuttered Evelyn M. Williams Elementary School, about a vehicular accident involving a pedestrian.

Officers traveled to the area and found an injured adult female on the ground. The victim stated that she was walking on the road when she felt an impact and fell to the ground.

A concerned citizen who was driving by heard the impact and saw a blue car stop near the injured female. The concerned citizen rendered assistance and called 911.

Further iPolice are actively searching for the driver of the abandoned blue Dodge Neon. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call 911, the Wilbur Francis Command police station at (340) 778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.nvestigation revealed that the blue vehicle, a Dodge Neon, hit the female as she was walking. The driver of the Dodge Neon exited the vehicle and abandoned it after hitting the female. The victim was transported via ambulance to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital for treatment of her injuries, and was scheduled to be airlifted to the mainland for further treatment.

Police Investigates Burglary in Estate Glucksberg on St. John

December 24, 2020.

ST. JOHN, USVI – On December 23 at approximately 11:44 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a residence in Estate Glucksberg in reference to a reported burglary.

The victims stated that they awoke that morning to find that their valuables, worth over $1,000, were missing. A subsequent review of surveillance footage revealed that at approximately 4:28 a.m., a male, armed with a gun, wearing a hoodie and sweatpants, entered into the residence and stole the items. The suspect then fled the area on foot. None of the occupants were injured. This burglary is the latest in a string of incidents in the Glucksberg area that detectives are investigating.

Detectives ask area residents to be vigilant in securing their homes, and to be on the lookout for the suspect, who usually burglarizes homes between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St.Croix Man Injured in Shooting Incident

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 21 at approximately 10:34 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of multiple gunshots discharged in Adventure Hill, in the vicinity of Paradise Road. Subsequently, a male victim with gunshot wounds arrived at the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital in a private vehicle.

The victim reported that he did not have any knowledge of the person that shot him. He was treated for injuries to his torso and leg, and was listed in stable condition.

Detectives are actively investigating this incident, and urge anyone with information of this shooting incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Police Investigates Robbery at Limetree Man Camp

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 19 at approximately 3:59 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of a robbery at the Limetree Terminals Man Camp.

The victim in this incident, a security guard who was posted at the Man Camp entrance, reported that a male individual with dreadlocks, wearing a red hooded jacket, blue ripped jeans and brown Gucci slippers exited a maroon truck with a black trailer attached. The suspect approached the security guard with a firearm and robbed the guard of jewelry.

The suspect then fled the area, towards the intersection of the Sunny Isle Shopping Center.

Detectives urge anyone with information about this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Croix Woman Arrested on Warrant, Boyfriend Wanted in Incident

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 16 at roughly 7:05 a.m., police arrested 34-year-old Michelle Wakefield of Estate Cane Carlton on a warrant, charging her with 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Discharging or Aiming a Firearm, Carrying of Firearms Openly or Concealed, 3rd Degree Assault, Possession of Ammunition and 3rd Degree False Reporting.

Wakefield and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Tony Elizee, are accused of discharging a firearm at individuals in the Mt. Pleasant West neighborhood, which resulted in damages to homes. Police also have a warrant for Elizee’s arrest.

Bail for Wakefield was set at $100,000, which she was unable to post. Wakefield was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tony Elizee is asked to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

Man Arrested After Burglarizing Frederiksted Residence

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 15, at approximately 7:55 a.m., police arrested Angel Escobar, age 40 of Estate Morning Star, charging him with 2nd Degree Burglary.

Earlier that morning, a family reported to the 911 Emergency Call Center that Escobar entered into their residence in the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion housing community without permission. The family demanded that Escobar leave the residence, however he disregarded their demands.

While investigating this matter, officers made contact with Escobar, and he was placed under arrest. Unable to post $50,000 bail, Escobar was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Man Wanted for Robbery Arrested

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 13 at around 11 a.m., police arrested Leon Wilkins, age 35, unknown address, who was wanted for a robbery incident at Vision Center at Nisky Center on November 30. Wilkins was charged with 3rd Degree Robbery, Petit Larceny, and Simple Assault.

Wilkins was positively identified as the individual who removed sunglasses from the establishment, and threatened and assaulted an employee before he fled the location.

Bail for Wilkins 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.

Crime Initiative Yields Gun Possession Arrest

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 8 at approximately 4:20 p.m., officers assigned to Phase 2 of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative arrested 20-year-old Rahkeem Swanston of Estate Whim, charging him with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Swanston on Melvin Evans Highway near the Good Hope intersection. During the traffic stop, officers discovered a loaded firearm in the vehicle. A check of the VIPD Firearms Bureau’s records verified Swanston did not possess a license to carry a firearm in the US Virgin Islands, which resulted in his arrest. Bail for Swanston 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 expressed concern about this arrest. “This particular individual was arrested in July for another gun-related incident. If there are people in this community who are determined to possess illegal firearms, even after being arrested for having those firearms, we will find those persons and keep arresting them,” Chief Elskoe said. He praised the officers of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative for their work in taking illegal guns off the streets, out of the hands of would-be shooters.

Anna’s Retreat Woman Arrested for Assault

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 8 at around 9:19 a.m., police arrested 62-year-old Aretha Defoe of Anna’s Retreat, charging her with 3rd Degree Assault.

Defoe reportedly assaulted a female after an argument on December 7, in the area of Simmonds Alley. The injured victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment.

Bail for Defoe was set at $25,000, which she was not able to post. She was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Mon Bijou Man Charged with Domestic Assault

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 6, approximately 8 p.m., police arrested Omari S. Poree, age 23 of Mon Bijou, charging him with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence; Home Invasion; and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon During the Commission of a Crime of Violence.

Poree is accused of entering the female victim’s home without permission and pointing a firearm at her, threatening to harm her, on December 4.

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

Man Arrested on Connecticut Warrant

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 4 at around 7:45 p.m., Customs & Border Patrol officers notified VIPD Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives of a Fugitive from Justice suspect, identified as Jerry Carter, age 41 of Lawrence, NJ. Carter was detained at the Cyril E. King Airport on an active warrant from the state of Connecticut for violating his probation.

According to the warrant, Carter failed to pay court-ordered restitution for larceny in which he was convicted.

Carter posted 10% of his $25,000 bail, and he was released pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas Man Arrested on Assault Charge

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 2 at around 2:30 p.m., 47-year-old Steve Corcino of Hospital Ground was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Assault.

Corcino allegedly assaulted a male victim with a machete during an altercation at around 11:28 that morning.

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

Police Investigating Attempted Robbery of Frederiksted Business

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 29 at about 10:15 am., an employee of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, downtown Frederiksted reported to police that an individual attempted to commit a robbery of the business the previous night.

The employee reported that on November 28 at approximately 10 p.m., while cleaning the restaurant after closure, she was approached by a Black male wearing a camouflage face mask, dark shirt and white slippers, pointing a silver gun at her. The suspect reportedly demanded money from the store, but the employee stated that there was no money. The suspect fled the area with no money.

Detectives are urging anyone with information in this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where you can get a reward for your information. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Woman Injured in Christiansted Shooting

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 27 at about 9:21 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the David Hamilton Jackson Terrace housing community in reference to reports of shots fired with a possible victim. Officers traveled to the area and found community residents assisting an adult female who was apparently injured by a gunshot. The victim was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital for treatment of a minor injury.

Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle, described as a Black Acura, leave the area after the shots were fired. Officers and crime scene investigators examined the scene and collected evidence in furtherance of the investigation.

Police Chief Sidney Elskoe is appealing to anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Department by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something

Man Arrested After Tampering with Evidence at Four Winds Shooting

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On November 25 at around 10:37 a.m., Suni R. Abiff, age 39 of Estate Mariendahl, was arrested and charged with Obstruction of Justice, Willful Destruction or Concealment of Evidence, and 3rd Degree False Reporting

Abiff was observed on video surveillance removing a firearm from the body of the deceased victim of a shooting that occurred at the Four Winds Plaza shopping center on October 24. He was released, after posting bail of $5,000, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Detectives are still seeking information in this incident to bring those responsible to justice. If you have information, you are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569, or anonymously at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Virgin Islands Crime Initiative Arrests Man for Firearm Possession

November 22, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 21 at approximately 7:16 p.m., officers of Phase 2 of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative arrested 26-year-old Jahseem A. Smith of Louis E. Brown Villas, charging him with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possession or Sale of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm Within 1000 Feet of a School.

VICI officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Queen Mary Highway in the vicinity of the Castle Burke residential community. During the traffic stop, officers discovered a loaded firearm. Smith does not have a license to carry a firearm in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and was arrested.

Unable to post bail in the amount of $50,000, Smith was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

POLICE GIVE DETAILS ON THE CAR ACCIDENT THAT SLAMMED INTO UTILITY POLE & LEFT FSTED IN THE DARK FOR OVER 5 HOURS

November 18, 2020

Today, we are getting the details of the car accident on St. Croix Melvin Evans Highway that caused a major power outage on the big island.

According to Toby Derima, police spokesperson, a white Ford Focus was traveling west on the highway when the female driver lost control of the vehicle, hitting and destroying a utility pole. The accident resulted in injuries to the motorist and the vehicle caught fire.

Two men in the area heard the impact and rushed to investigate. The men found the driver in the vehicle and successfully removed her from the burning vehicle. The driver was transported via ambulance to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, where she is listed in stable condition.

Firefighters from the Virgin Islands Fire Service traveled to the scene and extinguished the burning car. Officers from the VIPD’s Traffic Investigation Bureau are investigating the cause of the crash.

The collision caused a power outage that affected customers on five power feeders, according to the Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority.

St. Croix Man Arrested on Warrant for Possession of Ammunition

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 17 at roughly 11:31 a.m., police arrested Christopher A. Riley, Jr., age 27 of Bethlehem Village, on a warrant issued by the Superior Court, charging him with Possession of Ammunition.

Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and officers of the Special Operations Bureau executed a search warrant on a residence in Estate Castle Coakley on May 29. During the execution of the search warrant, officers found a bag with several rounds of ammunition and documents that belong to Riley.

Bail for Riley 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 Arrested on Charges of Conspiracy and Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

November 17, 2020

St. Thomas, USVI- United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Jason Lee Current, 43, of St. Croix, appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon for an Initial Appearance after his arrest by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents on the charges of Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

According to court documents, on November 5, 2020, Custom and Border Protection officers in San Juan, PR, intercepted a mail parcel that contained 120 grams of Methamphetamine and 341 grams of Marijuana. The package was mailed from California and addressed to Current. On November 10, 2020, the parcel was prepared by law enforcement for a controlled pickup. The controlled substances were replaced with representative facsimiles (sham), and the parcel was outfitted with a tracking device. That same day, Current picked up the parcel at a postal facility. Law enforcement surveillance monitored the pick-up, but the defendant eluded the tailing vehicles after detecting the tracking device. The defendant was subsequently taken into custody on November 13, 2020.

Current has an outstanding felony warrant from the state of Hawaii for failure to appear. As a result, the Government moved to detain Current pending his trial in this matter. A Detention Hearing is set for November 19, 2020.

The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

St. Croix Man Wanted by Domestic Violence Unit

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating 43-year-old Fernando “Bravo” Santiago.

Santiago is a Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches in height, and weighs approximately 165 pounds. He has two tattoos; “Shenel” on his left hand, and “Lily” on his right wrist. He frequents Williams Delight, Aureo Diaz Heights, and Gateway Service Station.

Anyone who knows Santiago’s whereabouts is urged to call 911, the Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 712-6094 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Dominican Republic National Pleads Guilty to Illegally Re-entering United States

St. Thomas, USVI- United States Attorney, Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced today that Eilin Castillo Montano of the Dominican Republic pled guilty to illegally reentering the United States after being ordered deported and removed.

According to court documents, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officer received information from a credible source of information that an individual who was previously deported from the United States was back in St. Thomas.

Criminal and immigration records checks revealed that on April 19, 2016, Eilin Castillo Montano was removed from the United States by immigration officials to his native country of the Dominican Republic, following a federal conviction for possessing a firearm by an illegal alien on August 31, 2015, in the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands.

On August 10, 2020 an ICE deportation officer found the defendant in St. Thomas and took him into custody. He was transported to the ICE office where he confessed to illegally reentering the United States.

 

St. Croix Man Arrested on Warrant for Domestic Destruction of Property

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 13 at roughly 8:07 a.m., Rupert Campbell,Jr., age 36 of Peter’s Rest, was arrested on a warrant. He was charged with Destruction of Property, Domestic Violence.

Campbell was observed on video surveillance in the parking lot of the Juan Luis Hospital, puncturing the tires of a vehicle owned by his former intimate partner, on September 17.

Campbell was not offered bail as per 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 Siezed Large Package With Cocaine on Ha' Penny Beach

November 11, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 9 at approximately 7:31 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Ha’Penny Beach regarding a suspicious package that was located by a concerned citizen.

Upon arrival at the beach, officers observed a male individual with a package. Officers approached the individual with the package, at which time the individual dropped the package and ran from the area. Officers also observed a second man in the area, who ran away. Both men escaped and are at large.

The package, containing a large amount of cocaine, was turned over to Homeland Security, Custom and Border Patrol and HIDTA Task Force agents for further investigation.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe thanked the citizens who contacted police. “We need everyone to contact us at the first sign of suspicious activity or items, so we can be on top of the situation,” Chief Elskoe said. He urges everyone who has information on crimes 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.

St. Croix Woman Arrested for Ammunition Possession

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 6 at approximately 9:15 p.m., officers assigned to the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative arrested Rasheda A. Bell, age 31 of Sion Farm, charging her with Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Bell on Northside Road, in the vicinity of the John F. Kennedy Terrace housing community, for traffic infractions. During the traffic stop, officers discovered ammunition in the vehicle. Bell does not have a license to possess a firearm or ammunition, and was arrested as a result.

Bail for Bell was set at $5,500, and she was released, pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Domestic Aggravated Assault

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 6 at roughly 11:32 a.m., police arrested Rhasanie Hendrickson, age 18 of Mount Pleasant West, charging him with Aggravated Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence.

Hendrickson allegedly assaulted his pregnant significant other, causing visible injuries. The victim was transported by police to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center for treatment.

Hendrickson was not offered bail, pursuant 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.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe reminds the community that there is no excuse for domestic violence. “During disagreements, tempers may flare. However, resorting to violence against your significant other will get you arrested,” Chief Elskoe said.

He suggests taking a “time out” from the situation, allowing tempers to cool.

VICI Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm Arrest

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 4 at roughly 3:22 p.m., officers of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) arrested 33-year-old Euette A. Browne of Grove Place, charging him with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

VICI officers found a loaded firearm in a vehicle operated by Browne during a traffic stop. Browne does not possess a license to carry a firearm in the Virgin Islands, and was arrested for possessing the firearm. Unable to post bail in the amount of $50,000, Browne 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 credited the aggressive nature of the VICI, put in place by Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor, for the discovery of the illegal firearm and the subsequent arrest.

“This is another example of the Crime Initiative officers’ work to take unlicensed firearms off our streets,” said Chief Elskoe. The VIPD urges everyone who has information on crimes 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.

Police Investigating 3rd Degree Assault, Man Arrested

Updated:11/04/20

On November 2 at approximately 10:19 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched detectives to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center in reference to an assault victim.

The victim reported that he was at his residence in Estate Tutu when the suspect approached him and started arguing. The suspect reportedly retrieved a bat from his vehicle and assaulted the victim. The victim was transported to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment. The victim identified Reivin Jimenez Hernandez, age 20 of Bovoni, as the assailant.

On November 3 at roughly 4:10 p.m., detectives arrested Jimenez Hernandez, charging him with 3rd Degree Assault and Disturbance of the Peace, after he admitted to assaulting the victim.

Bail for Jimenez Hernandez was set at $25,000, which he was not able to post. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information on this incident to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Crime Initiative Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm Possession Arrest

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 31 at approximately 8:11 p.m., police arrested Sylvester Christopher, age 21 of Sion Farm, charging him with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

Officers assigned to the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the vicinity of Hannah’s Rest Plaza. During the traffic stop, the passenger in the vehicle, identified as Christopher, was found with a loaded firearm on his person. After verifying that Christopher did not have a license to carry a firearm, he was placed under arrest.

Bail for Christopher 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.

Fugitive from Justice Captured

October 30, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 28 at approximately 2:40 p.m., Hyram Graneau, Jr., age 30 of Lower John Dunkoe, was arrested pursuant to an outstanding Fugitive from Justice warrant. Investigation into another matter revealed that Graneau has an active warrant for his arrest in the state of Florida, for violation of probation, requiring full extradition. Bail was set at $75,000, which he could not post. Graneau was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his extradition hearing.

Customer Robbed While Inside KFC in Nisky Center

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 26 at approximately 11:54 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the KFC restaurant in the vicinity of Nisky Center in reference to a robbery.

The female victim reported that while in the restaurant, a Black male who is unknown to her approached her from behind, stuck his hand in her handbag and took money out of it. The suspect then fled the restaurant in an unknown direction.

Witnesses reported that the man may be a homeless person who frequents the Subbase area.

Officers are asking anyone who saw something in this incident to say something by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Man Dies in Auto Accident, Woman Charged with DUI

October 25,2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 25 at approximately 1:11 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Queen Mary Highway, in the vicinity of the Sunshine Mall shopping center, in reference to an auto accident.

Investigation into the accident revealed a silver 2020 Hyundai Elantra was heading eastbound, while a gray 2014 Jeep Wrangler was heading westbound. The Jeep Wrangler crossed into the eastbound lane, causing a head-on collision with the Hyundai Elantra.

The male driver of the Hyundai Elantra, identified as 25-year-old Marvin Barton, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. A female passenger in the vehicle was also injured in the accident, and was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center for treatment.

The female driver of the Jeep Wrangler, identified as Kaley Lund, age 27 of Estate St. Georges, appeared intoxicated at the scene. She was given standardized field sobriety tests, which she failed. She was arrested as a result, charged with Vehicular Homicide, Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor, Manslaughter and Driving without a Driver’s License. Lund was unable to post $25,000 bail, and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe reminds the community that driving after consuming alcohol is dangerous, and can cause injury or death to yourself or others.

“If you decide to drink, do not drive. Have a designated driver, or find a ride home,” Chief Elskoe said.

5 Shot, 1 Killed Near Four Winds Plaza Saturday Morning

October, 24, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is confirming five persons were shot near Four Winds Plaza in Estate Tutu this morning.

The 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of shots fired at 4:34 a.m. and officers immediately responded to the location. A male gunshot victim was found unresponsive at the scene and Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded the male had no signs of life. He was identified by next of kin as 29-year-old Joseph Andrews.

Four gunshot victims were transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment. The victims told police that they were all at the location of the shooting, but had no knowledge of who fired the shots.

St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island Chief of Police Steven Phillip condemned this latest incident of gun violence. “Another family is affected by senseless gun violence. We need to stop the killing,” Chief Phillip said.

Phillip urged anyone who saw or who knows what happened to contact the VIPD with information by calling 911, the Major Crimes Unit at (340) 774-2211 extension 5617 or 5556, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Virgin Islands Crime Initiative Nets Marijuana Arrest

October 23, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 21 at approximately 8:15 p.m., officers from the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative’s (VICI) “Operation 10-Day Rush,” arrested Peter John Francis, Jr., age 30, of Estate Frydenhoj. Francis was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

The 10-Day Rush 2 (VICI) Officers were conducting intelligence-led saturated patrols in the Red Hook and surrounding areas, when they found Francis in possession of more than the personal use limits of marijuana. Francis was arrested and charged.

St. Thomas/St. John/Water Islands Chief of Police Steven Phillip supports the officers of Operation 10-Day Rush and commended them for the arrest and the confiscation of the controlled substance. “We will continue this Virgin Islands Crime Initiative in our efforts to get drugs and guns off our streets,” Chief Phillip said.

Citizens are encouraged to continue calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, to help VIPD in the fight to reduce violent crime within our community.

Police Investigating Attempted Theft and Assault in Charlotte Amalie

October 22, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 20 at approximately 7:03 p.m., officers were dispatched to Commandant Gade in downtown Charlotte Amalie in reference to an assault.

The victim reported an unknown, Black male removed a sign from the front of her business and attempted to leave with it. In an attempt to stop the suspect from removing the sign, the victim was assaulted. The suspect fled the scene, northward on Garden Street, on a white scooter. The victim received minor injuries.

The suspect is described as 24-32 years old, large build, around 200 pounds, and standing approximately 5 feet 7 inches in height. He was wearing blue pants and a maroon shirt.

Detectives are urging anyone with any information regarding this crime to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Police Investigating Assault of Couple in Cruz Bay

October 19, 2020 

ST. JOHN, USVI – On October 18 at approximately 9:13 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic in reference to an assault.

The male victim reported that while in Cruz Bay waiting for the Red Hook ferry, he and his female companion were approached by two unknown suspects who attempted to take the woman’s bag. The suspects physically assaulted the male victim, who was transported to the clinic for treatment of his injuries in the incident. Police are asking for the community’s assistance in finding the suspects in this incident.

Anyone with information that can help officers is asked to call 911, the Leander Jurgen Command at (340) 693-8880, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Missing St. John Man Found on St. Thomas, Arrested for Domestic Assault

ST. JOHN, USVI – On October 18 at around 10:30 p.m., police located 33-year-old Lubens Besse of Suzannaberg, who was reported missing on October 14. He was located in Red Hook, St. Thomas.

Besse was previously wanted for assaulting his girlfriend on October 11. After being transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical evaluation, he was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence. Besse 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.

St. Croix Police Officer Arrested for Domestic Violence

October 18, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 17 at roughly 11:20 p.m., 38-year-old Jamale Griffin of Enfield Green was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence. Griffin is employed as a police sergeant with the Virgin Islands Police Department. He has been placed on leave pending the outcome of this case.

Investigation into the incident revealed that Griffin allegedly assaulted a family member during a disagreement.

Griffin was released into the custody of a third-party custodian pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor reminds the community that there is no excuse for domestic violence, even when it is committed by police officers, as he stated, “My expectation is that all police officers will uphold the law and adhere to the laws of the Territory. There are ways to resolve issues and domestic violence is not an acceptable option.”

Police Investigating Attempted Robbery at Resort

October 17, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 16 at around 9:51 a.m., VIPD Officers along with Virgin Islands Port Authority Officers responded to a report of a robbery at a resort.

Investigation revealed two unknown Black males, wearing black hoodies and face masks, armed with handguns, attempted to gain entry into a hotel guest’s room. The guest denied the suspects entry into the room and they subsequently fled the area. VIPD detectives are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact them by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5557, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Virgin Islands Crime Initiative Nets Two Arrests on St. Croix

October 16, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – Officers assigned to Phase 2 of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative made two arrests in separate incidents resulting in the confiscation of a controlled substance and an unlicensed firearm.

On October 14 at approximately 10:32 p.m., officers arrested Bomani O. Henley, age 30 of Estate Rattan, charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Henley in the vicinity of Sunshine Mall in Estate Cane, Frederiksted. During the course of the traffic stop, Henley was found in possession of cocaine.

On October 15 at approximately 8:32 p.m., 24-year-old Jahsino M. Alfred of Barren Spot was arrested, charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition. During a traffic stop on East End Road in Estate Southgate, officers discovered a loaded firearm in Alfred’s vehicle. Bail for Henley was set at $15,000, while bail for Alfred was set at $50,000. Neither of the men were able to post bail, and were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

St. Croix District Chief of Police, Sidney Elskoe praised the officers of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative for the arrests. “These officers continue to work hard to get guns and drugs off our streets,” Chief Elskoe said. He reminds the community to say something to police, if they see something.

Man Rearrested After Vehicle Pursuit in St. John

October 13, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 12 at approximately 6:15 p.m., VIPD officers rearrested 24- year-old Rashad Creque of Estate Contant, who is presently in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections after being arrested on Friday. He was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.

Creque led officers on a high-speed pursuit throughout the island of St. John on Friday after an alleged reckless endangerment incident. He was not authorized by his employer at the time to operate the vehicle used in the pursuit. During the course of the pursuit, Creque caused major damages to the vehicle, leaving the vehicle now non-operational.

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

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 774-2211 extension 5557 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Always remember to say something if you see something.

Three Injured in Shooting Near Coki Point, St. Thomas

October 11, 2020

 ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 10 at approximately 5:35 p.m., police officers were dispatched to Coki Point Road regarding injuries by gunfire. The officers arrived at the area and found three gunshot victims. The victims were transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via private vehicle and ambulance for treatment, and were listed in stable condition.

St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island Chief of Police Steven Phillip denounced the incident, urging residents to stop the violence. “We cannot continue to have these shootings occurring in our small community. We can find other ways of resolving our differences,” Chief Phillip said.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5606, or anonymously with Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

St. Croix Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder

October 3, 2020

 

Arrests Made in Melvin Evans Highway Homicide

September 26, 2020ST. CROIX, USVI – On September 26 at roughly 7:09 a.m., police arrested 23-year-old Effrail Jones, Jr. and Estefani Rodriquez, age 21, both of La Grande Princesse. They were charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Possession of Ammunition, and Discharging or Aiming a Firearm.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Stabbing Incident

ST. CROIX, USVI – On September 19 at approximately 1:47 a.m., police arrested Luis Lopez, age 62 of Sion Farm, charging him with 1st Degree Assault. Lopez assaulted a man with a knife, causing injuries.

The incident occurred in Estate Glynn. The victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital via ambulance for treatment.

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

Police Investigating Reckless Endangerment in Downtown Charlotte Amalie

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On September 21 at approximately 09:30 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Krondprindsens Gade near Simmonds Alley in reference to report of reckless endangerment (discharging of shots) with possible injuries.

Upon arrival, officer spoke to an unidentified male who stated that he was injured, but does not know who did it. He was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Police are asking anyone who saw what happened to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5608, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Jewelry Store Robbed, Suspect in Custody

September 21, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On September 19 at roughly 9:34 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Gold Corner, a jewelry store located on the waterfront, in reference to an armed robbery.

The employees of the store reported to police that two masked men, dressed in all black, exited a white Suzuki Vitara armed with rifles. The two men entered the store brandishing firearms. The suspects assaulted an employee and threatened others. They proceeded to break the showcases and took jewelry from the store before fleeing the area.

With the help of citizens on social media, VIPD launched a dragnet for the suspects. During the course of the investigation, officers recovered ammunition, stolen jewelry, and other evidence related to the robbery. At approximately 2:28 p.m., one of the suspects, 23-year-old Jamari Benjamin of Estate Nadir, was arrested, and charged with 1st Degree Robbery, 2nd Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Aiding and Abetting, Conspiracy, Grand Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property and Disturbance of the Peace. This investigation continues.

St. Thomas Man Arrested in Kidnapping Incident

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On September 14 at approximately 7 p.m., police arrested Troy A. Harrigan, age 51 of Estate Tutu, charging him with False Imprisonment & Kidnapping

Harrigan is accused of kidnapping a man at gunpoint. The victim was bound and assaulted. The victim was rescued by a police officer on patrol. The victim was transported to Roy Lester Schneider Hospital for treatment of his injuries sustained in the incident.

Bail for Harrigan 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/St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip commended the officer who saved the victim’s life. Chief Phillip encouraged anyone with information about this incident to say something to detectives by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5608, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Police Investigating Robbery at Gas Station on St.Thomas

September 12, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On September 11 at approximately 9:14 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Puma Gas Station located in Bovoni in reference to an armed robbery.

The female employee reported to police that an unknown male purchased gas, then made his way inside of the facility and robbed her at gunpoint. This case is presently under investigation.

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

VIPD Guns and Drugs Crime Initiative Nabs St. Croix Man

September 12, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On September 9 at approximately 10:44 p.m., police arrested Damon C. John, age 48 of Estate Whim, charging him with Carrying an Unlicensed Firearm Openly or Concealed and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

John was found with a firearm, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop in Upper Love. Bail for John was set at $50,000.

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 on Domestic Assault Charge

September 6, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On September 4 at roughly 5:30 p.m., police arrested Kwanza George, age 32 of Paul M. Pearson Gardens, charging him with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

The victim reported that on September 1, George assaulted her, causing injuries. George is alleged to have bound the victim, limiting her movement.

Bail was not offered to George, 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.

Chief Philip Praises the St. Thomas District Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) Phase 2 Operation

Sept. 4, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Commissioner Trevor Velinor again expresses gratitude to the Virgin Islands Police Department for the selfless diligence and resilience they continue to display during Governor Bryan’s Executive Stay at Home Order.

In the fight to reduce violent crime across the St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island District, Police Chief Steven Philip said that his Deputy Chiefs, Richard Velazquez and Vivian Newton, continue to work very closely with their Zone Commanders and their officers.

In the fight to reduce violence and remove guns from the St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island District, Chief Philip stated that thus far, the ongoing Operation 10-Day Rush, a part of Phase 2 of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative introduced by Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor, has proven successful.

Chief Philip stated that Operation 10-Day Rush seized three firearms to include one gun with an obliterated serial number. Obliterating or defacing serial numbers is done by criminals to prevent police from identifying the original purchaser of the firearm and where the gun was purchased.

Officers also made an arrest and seizure for a weapon with a conversion kit. A firearm with a conversion kit is even more dangerous and is a federal violation because it changes a regular semi-automatic pistol into a fully functional machine gun. Officers also seized approximately 1,454 grams of marijuana and 34 grams of cocaine during the initial ten days of this ongoing operation. Officers also responded to calls for service during the course of these operations. Chief Philip thanked the community for their support.

Progressive Crime Initiative Seizes More Guns

September 2

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Phase 2 of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative has again resulted in arrests and confiscations in St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Croix on September 1 at approximately 2:14 a.m., officers arrested Robert Mason, age 44 of Little Princesse, charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm. He was found at a gas station with a gun on his person.

Later that afternoon on St. Thomas, officers of the Ten-Day Rush Initiative arrested 24-year-old Shamoi Allamby of Santa Maria, charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition after being found at a gas station with a firearm with a conversion kit and an extended magazine.

Bail for Mason was set at $50,000, while bail for Allamby was set at $25,000. None of the men were able to post bail, and both were turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings. .

The community is urged to say what they know to police by calling 911 or the anonymous tip line, Crime Stoppers USVI by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something

STX Man Arrested for Possession of Ammunition

September2, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – 22-year-old Kobi Todman of Sion Farm was arrested on September 2 at around 3 p.m. pursuant to an arrest warrant, charged with Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Todman was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred on Benny Benjamin Drive on May 2, where a passenger in his vehicle sustained gunshot wounds. A search warrant was executed on Todman’s vehicle, where several spent shell casings, live ammunition, and magazines were confiscated.

Bail for Todman 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

Federal Agents Seize $27 Million Cash Headed to St. Thomas Following White House Pledge to Fight Drugs in Caribbean

Sept.1, 2020

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Just a week after White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll visited with Bryan/Roach Administration law enforcement officials and said his office is making a concerted effort to stop drug trafficking in the Caribbean Region, federal agents in Puerto Rico seized $27 million in cash from a vessel headed to St. Thomas.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Muldrow said it is “the largest amount of money ever seized in the district,” according to news reports. “The V.I. Police Department has been working collaboratively with our federal law enforcement partners to stop the flow of drugs and guns through the Caribbean and seeing these results after Mr. Carroll met with local law enforcement is very encouraging,” Governor Albert Bryan Jr. said Tuesday.

“We look forward to further success working with our federal counterparts, and we are grateful for the resources and support they have offered, as we work together to eradicate these elements that fuel violent crimes in our community.”

During his visit last week, Director Carroll said he met with a task force of local and federal law enforcement officials because it is critical for his office to understand what is happening here in the Territory so it can provide federal resources.

In addition to staunching the flow of drugs through the region, the White House Office of National Drug Control also is looking at gun trafficking through the USVI and money laundering operations associated with these types of criminal activity, Director Carroll said.

Three St. Thomas Men Arrested in Phase 2 of Virgin Islands Crime Initiative

August 30, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – “Operation Ten Day Rush,” as part of Phase 2 of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) successfully implemented by Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor in the fourth quarter of 2019, has again removed firearms and drugs from our streets.

On August 24, officers arrested Shaquil James, age 24 of Bonne Esperance, charging him with Possession of Unlicensed Firearm and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. James was found in a vehicle in the parking lot of a business in HavenSight with a backpack that contained a handgun with the serial number obliterated.

On August 26, police arrested 37-year-old Kyambo Adams of Anna’s Retreat, charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. Officers were conducting patrols in the Smith Bay area when they met Adams, who was found with a gun and a considerable amount of marijuana.

On August 28, 49-year-old Lyndon Thompson was arrested, charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Thompson. He was found with cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip thanks both Deputy Chiefs Richard Velazquez and Vivian Newton for their leadership and praised the men and women in Blue for their dedication to public safety. Chief Phillip also encourages the community to continue coming forward with tips as we have seen an increase in the information coming forward to assist the VIPD in reducing violent crime in the territory.

“If you see, hear, or know something, please continue to say something,” Chief Phillip said. Residents can continue to anonymously call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-TIPS and they will remain anonymous and eligible for a reward.

Crime Initiative Results in Three Arrests on St. Croix

August 28, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI), originally employed by Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor during the last quarter of 2019, has yielded positive results in the most recent implementation of Phase 2 (P2). During the first few weeks of VICI P2, three firearms were confiscated from the streets. As of this week, the following arrests were recorded as part of the VICI Phase 2.

On August 19 around 5:34 p.m., 21-year-old Jalon Joseph of All For The Better was arrested and charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, after a firearm was found during a traffic stop on East End Road, in Estate Shoys.

Shortly after Joseph’s arrest, Bomani Hanley, age 29 of Estate Rattan, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute during a traffic stop at the same location. He was found with narcotics in his possession.

On August 20, approximately 4:40 p.m., Barry Bradford, age 71 of Green Cay, was placed under arrest, charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, after narcotics were found in his vehicle and on his person during a traffic stop on the East End Road, in the vicinity of Ms. Bea Road.

Chief Sidney Elskoe applauds the efforts of the men and women of the Virgin Islands Police Department for their dedication to duty as they work diligently to reduce violent crime in the territory. The Chief also thanks the general public as there has been an increase in Crime Stoppers tips to the 1-800-222-TIPS number. Citizens can be confident that when they call 1-800-222-TIPS, the phone is answered outside the territory, and no one can tell who is calling. “Remember, if you see something, say something,” Chief Elskoe said

St. Croix Man Arrested on Warrant for Rape

August 27, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 27 at about 5:55 p.m., police arrested Aaron Henry, age 23 of Stony Ground, on a warrant for 1st Degree Rape, 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Aggravated Rape, and 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact.

Henry allegedly sexually assaulted a female on or about July 23.

Bail for Henry was set at $150,000. He posted bail and was released to a third party custodian pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Investigating Shooting in Lindbergh Bay

August 27, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 26 at approximately 8:13 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in Lindbergh Bay, in the vicinity of Trailer City. Police later learned that a male victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via private vehicle for treatment.

The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition.

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

Man Arrested for Frederiksted Robbery

August 26, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 25 at approximately 7:11 p.m., Gary Bruce Dodds, age 55 of Estate La Vallee, was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Robbery.

His arrest stemmed from an incident on Strand Street, Frederiksted, that occurred on August 23, where he allegedly assaulted a female and took her cell phone.

Bail for Dodds 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

St. Thomas Man Charged with Burglary

August 26, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 25 at around 7 p.m., police arrested 63-year-old Desmond E. Walwyn of no fixed address. He was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny, Unlawful Entry, and Destruction of Property.

Walwyn was identified as one of the individuals who removed items from a vessel docked near the U.S. Coast Guard dock on Veteran’s Drive on June 12.

Bail for Walwyn was set at $20,000. 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 active investigation.

Anyone having any information about this crime please contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Investigate Residential Burglary in Mary's Fancy

August 25, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 24 at approximately 2:52 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Estate Mary’s Fancy in reference to a residential burglary.

Officers spoke to the victim, who reported that she observed an unknown Black male wearing a mask entering through her bedroom window. The suspect pointed a gun at her, before letting another individual into the house. The two suspects searched the residence seeking cash before departing the residence.

The victim stated that both suspects were 5 feet tall, and one of the suspects was wearing a black mask.

The VIPD is urging anyone with information about this incident to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Two Men Charged in Assault

August 24, 2020

 

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 24 at roughly 7:30 a.m., Christopher Bryan, age 35 of Lerkenlund and Kevin Laplace II, age 27 of Lower Hull turned themselves in to police. The men were charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Simple Assault & Battery, and Disturbance of the Peace by Fighting, relating to an incident on August 12.

Bryan and Laplace were identified as the men who assaulted another man in Mandahl Bay. Bryan allegedly attempted to strangle the victim, while Laplace aided in the assault by restraining the victim.

Bail for Bryan and Laplace was set at $50,000 each. Unable to post bail, the men were turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Woman Arrested for Domestic Assault

August 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 23 at approximately 7:44 a.m., police were dispatched to Estate Smithfield for a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers discovered Eva Moorhead, age 39, strangled her male companion.

Moorhead was placed under arrest as a result, charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Bail was not offered to Moorhead, according to the territory’s domestic violence laws. She was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Investigating Estate Bovoni Burglary

August 23, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 22 at about 8:49 p.m., officers responded to a burglary call in Estate Bovoni. The owner of the residence informed police his home was invaded by three Black males, who allegedly entered the residence through the front door with firearms and threatened a resident at gunpoint. The burglars removed cash from a bedroom and fled the residence.

The suspects were described as being medium to dark complexion, medium built, approximately 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, all wearing black clothing and masks.

The VIPD is urging anyone having any information about this crime to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Arrested on Firearm and Drug Charges

August 23, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 21 at roughly 8:06 p.m., police arrested Kahlid Blyden, age 26 of Caret Bay, on charges of Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

Pursuant to a traffic investigation involving a vehicle operated by Blyden, officers discovered a backpack with marijuana and a bag that contained an assault rifle. Blyden attempted to flee the area on foot but was quickly apprehended by officers and detained.

Bail for Blyden was set at $150,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Two St. Thomas Men Arrested For Homicide

August 21, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 20, police arrested 39-year-old Rasokemo Archibald of the Bovoni Housing community and 30-year-old Tyler Labbarie, who was in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections on another violation. Both men were charged with 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, and 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment.

Archibald and Labbarie were identified as the individuals who shot and killed 29-year-old Khamal Desilvia on July 22 at a hotel in Smith Bay. Bail for Archibald and Labbarie was set at $1.000,000 each. They were unable to post bail, and therefore remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip commended the detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, led by Lieutenant Shelly-Ann Cannonier, for the work that they did in securing the warrant that led to the arrests. “I would like to thank members of the community for coming forward with tips that allowed us to get these guys,” Chief Phillip said. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor stated, “this case is a good example of effective police response, meticulous investigative capability, in addition to the use of technology to solve this crime.”

Off-Road Vehicle Operator Charged in Death of Motorcyclist

August 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is identifying the victim of a fatal accident Tuesday on the East End Road. 55-year-old Richard M. Boehm of Cane Bay was riding a motorcycle heading west when he collided with an off-road vehicle that was traveling east. Boehm succumbed to the injuries he sustained on the scene.

Traffic Investigation Bureau officers arrested Azalea Fierros, age 23 of Arleta, California, and charged her with Negligent Homicide by Vehicle in this case. Fierros was the driver of the off-road vehicle. Bail for Fierros was set at $25,000. She was allowed to post 10% and was released

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Burglarizing Smith Bay Business

August 19, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 19 at about 11:24 a.m., police arrested Matthew Fontaine, age 28, and charged him with 3rd Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property.

Fontaine, who was already in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections for an unrelated offense, was charged for the burglary of Luther’s Tire Shop in Smith Bay.

Bail for Fontaine was set at $25,000. He was unable to post bail and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Allegation of Unlawful Sexual Contact Reported in Cruz Bay

August 18, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – On August 16 at around 3 p.m., an adult female walked into the Leander Jurgen Command in Cruz Bay to report a sexual assault.

The victim reported she was sexually assaulted on August 15 in Cruz Bay by a Hispanic male, about 30 to 40 years of age, light complexion, medium built, approximately 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches in height, and wearing braids in his hair.

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

One Killed & Another Wounded in Sion Farm Shooting

August 18, 2020

 

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 17 at roughly 9:58 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of gunshots in Sion Farm, and officers were dispatched to the location. Upon arrival, officers discovered two male gunshot victims.

One victim was transported by ambulance to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital for treatment. He was listed in serious but stable condition. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene found no vital signs on the second victim, identified as 16-year-old Tintawe Christian of Sion Farm. Officers and detectives processed the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to say something by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Investigating Shooting Incident in Castle Coakley

August 17, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 17 at approximately 10:13 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the corner of Queen Mary Highway and Castle Coakley Road to a report of shots fired and a gunshot victim at the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center.

The victim told police that he was on his way to a business in Castle Coakley when he heard shots being fired. He said he ran to the business for cover and realized he was shot. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury via private vehicle.

This shooting is under investigation. Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen something to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Domestic Assault

August 17, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 16 at roughly 9:14 a.m., Domestic Violence Unit detectives arrested Shakim Gumbs, age 38 of Bovoni Housing, charging him with Simple Assault, Domestic Violence. Gumbs reportedly assaulted a relative, causing injuries that required medical attention.

No bail was offered to Gumbs, as per the territory’s domestic violence statutes. He was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing

Frederiksted Shooting Suspect

Police identifies the Victim of the Frederiksted Deadly Shooting

, August 17, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 16 at approximately 5:10 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired at the corner of King Street and Market Street in downtown Frederiksted. Upon arrival, officers observed an unresponsive Black male with gunshot wounds to the body.

The deceased victim was identified as 27-year-old Joseph Leonardo Clarke of Grove Place. Officers also learned that a minor in a passing vehicle was injured by a non-life threatening gunshot.

The minor was treated at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center and released.

St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe, who was at the scene, condemned the senseless gun violence on the island. “We are again asking for information to solve this and other recent shootings. If you know that something is about to happen, we are urging you to let us know so we can stop it from happening,” Chief Elskoe said. You can give police tips by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Extradited to Face Murder Charges

August 16, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – VIPD officers traveled to Durham, North Carolina to extradite 29-year-old Jabaar Mactavious to St. Thomas, pursuant to an arrest warrant. Mactavious was arrested by VIPD officers on August 14, after he was taken into custody by officers in North Carolina. Mactavious was charged with 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Use a Firearm During the Commission a Crime, and Unauthorized Possession of Ammunition.

Mactavious was identified as the individual who shot and killed Shaq’Kil Roberts on April 16 in Tutu Valley.

St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip thanked those residents who gave tips to the VIPD to assist in making this arrest. “We appreciate support of our community and everyone who told us what they knew about this incident. Continue to use your voice to say something if you see something,” Chief Phillip said.

VI Legislature Building Burglar Arrested

August 14, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 12 at approximately 10:50 a.m., police arrested 50-year-old Kyle F. Woods and charged him with 3rd Degree Burglary.

Woods turned himself in to police and admitted to burglarizing the Virgin Islands Legislature building on July 27 by removing lawn equipment from the premises. He was placed under arrest as a result.

Woods was issued an Appearance Ticket to appear at the Richard Callwood Command for 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-TIPS.

VIPD Investigates Alleged Robbery on Christiansted Bypass

August12,2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 11 at around 12:03 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a robbery that took place on the Christiansted Bypass, at the Scenic Lookout.
 
A man and woman were sitting in their vehicle, a red 2016 Toyota Corolla, when two males, dressed in all black and wearing masks, approached the vehicle. The victims heard the sound of gun shots. The suspects directed the couple out of the vehicle and departed the area with the vehicle, which contained cash and personal effects.
 
The victims said the suspects were young (under 20 years of age), slim built, wearing black long-sleeved shirts and black masks.
 
If anyone has information about this robbery, you are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Woman Charged with 2nd Degree Rape

August 11,2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 10 at approximately 3 p.m., police arrested 54-year-old Monique Turner of Bergs Homes, charging her with 2nd Degree Rape.
 
Turner admitted to detectives that she engaged in a sexual contact with a minor male for several months.
 
Bail for Turner was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, she was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.
 
This case is still under active investigation. Anyone having any information about this case is asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477




24 Year-Old Man Murdered in Downtown Christiansted

August 5, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 4 at approximately 10:22 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired at the Holger Danske Hotel on King Cross Street, Christiansted.

On arrival, officers discovered a deceased Black male with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was identified as 24-year-old Rashawn Wyre.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe denounced this latest shooting. “It is disheartening to see another young life cut short by gun violence. We are appealing to the young men in our community to find alternate ways of resolving differences,” Chief Elskoe said. He urges anyone with information on this homicide to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where you can get a reward for your tip.

Police Investigating Residential Robbery in Estate Whim

August 4, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On August 4 at approximately 12:02 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a home invasion in Estate Whim.

The victim reported that while entering his residence, an individual pointed a firearm at him, and directed him to open the door to his home. The victim further stated that he complied with the suspect’s order, and as he entered the residence, a second suspect took his jewelry. Both suspects restrained the victim and removed cash and additional jewelry before departing the residence.

The two suspects were described as slim built, between 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet in height, wearing dark blue jeans. One of the suspects had on a camouflage-print hoodie jacket with a ski mask. The other suspect wore a black hoodie with his face covered.

Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau are urging anyone with information on this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Traffic Stops Lead to More Gun Arrests

August 4, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – A combined effort by officers of the Special Operations Bureau from St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix Districts produced three firearm arrests on St. Croix.

On August 2 at roughly 4:34 p.m., officers arrested Marcus Daniel, age 22 and Rosniel Diaz Bautista, age 18, both of Lagoon Complex, and charged them with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm. On August 3 at around 2:18 p.m., officers arrested Joseph H. Narinesingh, age 19 of Upper Love, also charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Daniel and Diaz were passengers in a vehicle stopped during a traffic initiative on Hams Bluff Road in the vicinity of Rhythms at Rainbow Beach. Both men were found with firearms on their person. As neither was licensed to carry a firearm, they were placed under arrest. Narinesingh was an occupant of a vehicle stopped on Northside Road, in the vicinity of Morningstar. During the traffic stop, he admitted to having a firearm on his person. Narinesingh does not have a license to possess a firearm, and he was placed under arrest as a result. Bail for Daniel, Diaz and Narinesingh were set at $50,000 each. None of the men were able to post bail and were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings. St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe commended the Special Operations Bureau for the arrests and thanked the officers from the St. Thomas/St. John District for assisting in the initiative.

“We will keep the pressure on those who want to possess illegal firearms,” Chief Elskoe said.

Police Investigating Shooting on Veterans Drive

August 4, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On August 2 at approximately 6:53 p.m., police was dispatched to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital in reference to a gunshot victim.

The victim reported she heard shots being fired as she traveled eastward in her vehicle on Veteran’s Drive near the Burger Max Restaurant. The victim stated she did not see who fired the shots, but heard what sounded like a vehicle speed away from the area. Immediately following, the victim observed she was injured by a gunshot and was transported to the hospital via private vehicle. The victim was listed in stable condition.

The VIPD is asking for anyone who has information about his incident to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

26 Year Old Man Killed in Lorraine Village Shooting on Friday

July 31, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 31 at roughly 3:25 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a gunshot victim in the Lorraine Village housing community.

Investigation revealed unknown assailants shot the victim, who ran into a nearby apartment for cover. The victim expired from his injuries on the scene.

The victim was identified by family members as Kaleem Ramsey, age 26.

Detectives are urging anyone with information on this homicide to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

VIPD Investigating Early Morning Death

July 31, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 31 at around 8:17 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired at H. H. Tire & Battery in Estate Pearl.

After arrival to the location, officers found an unresponsive Black male sitting in a vehicle with gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded the male had no vital signs.

The victim was identified by family members as 27-year-old Aaron Joseph.

This case is under active investigation. Detectives are urging anyone with information on this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Investigating Robbery Reported at Altona Lagoon

July 31, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 30 at approximately 9:21 p.m., officers were dispatched to Altona Lagoon in reference to a robbery that occurred.

Officers traveled to the area and contacted the victim who reported that while he was sitting in his vehicle, he was approached by three males. The victim recalls that at least one of the suspects was armed with a firearm, which was pointed at him. The victim was ordered out of his vehicle and his jewelry was taken from him before the suspects departed with the victim’s maroon 2001 Toyota Highlander.

The victim reported that all three suspects were wearing dark clothing with black masks covering their faces. One suspect was described as being 6 feet tall, wearing a long-sleeved shirt with dark jeans. Another suspect was described as standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a dark complexion. The victim could not describe the third suspect.

The VIPD is asking anyone who may have information on this robbery to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Argument Between Friends Turns Deadly

July 29, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 29 at approximately 4:07 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen regarding shots being fired in Sion Farm. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive Black male with gunshot wounds.

A male individual on the scene informed officers that he shot and killed the victim.

Based on the individual’s statement and additional information, police arrested Anselmo Cruse, age 33 of Castle Burke, charging him with Voluntary Manslaughter. His bail was set at $125,000, which he was unable to post. Subsequently, Cruse was placed in the Bureau of Corrections’ custody pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

The victim of the incident was identified by family members as 30-year-old Shamal Riviere of Sion Farm.

Police are still investigating this case. If you have any information that can assist officers, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or submit your tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Reckless Endangerment Reported Near Grove Place

July 27, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 26 at around 2:10 a.m., police officers were dispatched to a report of discharging of shots.

The complainant stated that as he drove through the area, he heard what he believed to be the discharge of a firearm. Once out of the area, he inspected his vehicle, and found some damage. The complainant was not hurt.

Officers responded to the location and they continue to investigate this case.

If anyone has information about this shooting, you are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Shooting at St. Croix Louis Brown Villas Leaves Man Dead. Croix

July 23, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 23 at approximately 7:48 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots being fired in the Louis Brown Villas housing community.

The witness told the 911 Dispatcher that she was on the phone with the victim when she heard gunshot sounds through the phone. The victim then stated that he was being attacked. Officers traveled to the scene and found the victim with gunshot wounds. He was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified by next of kin as 28-year-old Jonathan Fontanelle.

The VIPD is appealing to the community for information into this and other open cases. Please contact police with your information by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Police Investigating Overnight Shooting Death in St. Thomas

July 23, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 22 at around 11:16 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in Smith Bay, in the vicinity of the Pavilions and Pools Hotel.

Officers traveled to the area and found a Black male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians were notified and traveled to the scene. The male was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment, however he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified by family members as 29-year-old Khamal DeSilvia.

This incident is under active investigation. The VIPD is requesting the community’s assistance in finding those responsible. If you have information on this homicide, please contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Croix Man Arrested in January 19 Castle Coakley Shooting

July 22, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 21 at roughly 10:15 p.m., police arrested David Semper, age 22 of no fixed address, on an arrest warrant. He was charged with 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Aiming or Discharging a Firearm, Carrying or Using a Dangerous Weapon, and Conspiracy.

Semper was arrested in relation to a shooting incident in Estate Castle Coakley on January 19, where three people were injured. He was apprehended without incident.

Bail for Semper was set at $200,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

Checkpoint Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest for DUI, Drugs

July 21, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 19 at approximately 11:19 p.m., police officers working the Impaired Driving Crackdown initiative arrested Marlon R. Richardson, age 46 of Anna’s Hope, charging him with Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

Officers on the DUI checkpoint conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Richardson. He admitted that he had been drinking liquor at four different establishments prior to the traffic stop. Richardson failed the standard field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit. A subsequent search of his vehicle uncovered marijuana and cocaine packaged for distribution. These factors resulted in Richardson’s arrest.

Bail for Richardson was set at $10,000. He was unable to post bail and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Men Arrested for DUI During VIPD Impaired Driving Crackdown

July 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – Since July 4, officers of the VIPD have been conducting traffic checkpoints to find and arrest those driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, and prescription medication. The traffic initiative has netted three DUI arrests so far.

On July 4 at around 12:17 a.m., police arrested Zachary R. Zamorano, age 43 of Teague Bay. Officers also arrested Mark D. McAllister, age 54 of Estate Welcome on July 7 at approximately 12:30 a.m. On July 17 at roughly 11:35 p.m., James D. Killoran, age 37 of Estate Canaan, was arrested. All three men were charged with Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor.

Officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Zamorano during a DUI checkpoint on the East End Road, just west of Ziggy’s in Estate Solitude. Zamorano admitted to drinking alcohol and failed the field sobriety tests administered by officers. He was placed under arrest as a result. Officers arrested McAllister in a DUI checkpoint on King Street, Christiansted, in the vicinity of Fort Christiansvern. McAllister also admitted to having a few drinks and failed the administered field sobriety tests. McAllister’s blood alcohol content was over the legal limit, resulting in his arrest.

While conducting another DUI checkpoint at the same location on King Street, Christiansted, officers arrested Killoran after he failed the field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.

Bail for Zamorano was set at $1,000. He posted bail and was released pending his Advice of Rights hearing. Bail for McAllister and Killoran were also set at $1,000 each, which they were unable to post. Both men were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

 

St. Croix Woman Arrested for Domestic Assault

July 19, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 18 at approximately 9:52 a.m., officers arrested 33-year-old Kimberly Gereau of Estate St. Georges, charging her with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

An investigation revealed Gereau was the aggressor in an altercation with her ex-partner, where she assaulted him with her vehicle and sprayed him with mace.

Gereau was allowed to post $5,000 bond and was released to a third party custodian pending her Advice of Rights hearing

St. Croix Man Wanted in June 29 Shooting Apprehended

July 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 18 at 12:23 a.m., police arrested Manuel “Matatan” Davis, age 23 of Williams Delight. Williams was wanted in the June 29 shooting of a male victim near the Ruby Rouss Housing Community.

Davis was seen driving a white Jeep Cherokee in the Watergut area. Officers found the vehicle a short time later in the vicinity of Sharkey’s Baitstand and attempted a traffic stop, but Davis refused to stop. After a brief pursuit, officers apprehended Davis in Sion Hill and found him in possession of a loaded firearm magazine. A subsequent search of the surrounding area where he was apprehended revealed a loaded firearm.

Davis was charged with Attempted Murder, 3rd Degree Assault, Unauthorized Possession of Firearm, Discharging or Aiming a Firearm, and 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment. His bail for those charges was set at $500,000, no 10% provision. He was also arrested and charged separately with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm. His bail was set at $50,000, no 10% provision. Unable to post bail, Davis 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 thanked the community for the information that led to Davis’ capture, and commended the officers who worked to apprehend Davis. “Fighting crime is a partnership between the community and the VIPD. If you see or know something about a crime, do the right thing and say something to us,” said Chief Elskoe.

Recent VIPD DUI Checkpoints Lead to Several Unlicensed Firearms Arrests

July 18,2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 10 at 11:15 p.m., police arrested Devonte Anthony, age 19 of Sion Hill, K’mani Bruce, age 18 of Catherine’s Rest, and Nathan Warner, age 18 of Sion Farm, charging them with Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed, Possession or Sale of Ammunition, and Alteration of Identifying Marks of Weapons.

While conducting a DUI checkpoint on Queen Mary Highway, in the vicinity of the Sion Farm Shopping Center, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Anthony. Bruce and Warner were passengers in the vehicle. During the traffic stop, officers found a loaded firearm with an obliterated serial number. Each of the men denied owning the firearm, therefore the three were placed under arrest for having the firearm.

Bail for Anthony, Bruce, and Warner 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.

Also, on July 14 at 12:25 a.m., police arrested Eardley U. Pant, age 39 of Williams Delight, charging him with Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed.

While conducting a DUI checkpoint on Queen Mary Highway, in the vicinity of Villa La Reine, officers pulled over a vehicle being driven by Pant. During the traffic stop, Pant exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended. After an unlicensed firearm was found along the waistline of Pant’s clothing, he was arrested.

Bail for Pant 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.

 

Man Robbed at Bethlehem Soccer Field

July 14, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 13 at approximately 2 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a robbery that took place at the Bethlehem Soccer Stadium, just north of Aureo Diaz Heights.

The victim reported that he was at the soccer field on his phone when he was approached by two males who pointed guns at him and ordered him to leave the area on foot. He complied and ran away from the area leaving his belongings behind. The suspects left the area in the victim’s car, a gray 4-door Chevrolet Cavalier.

The first suspect was described as a Black male, with short spiky hair on top his head with the sides cut low, wearing long pants with a gray vest. The second suspect was Hispanic looking with short hair wearing a black shirt and 3-quarter pants.

The VIPD is appealing to the community to report anything they may know about this incident by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Male Minors Suffer Gunshot Injuries, Investigations Underway

July 13, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – Police are investigating two separate shooting incidents that left two minors injured.

On July 13 at around 2:07 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a gunshot victim at the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center. Contact was made with a 15-year-old male who sustained a gunshot wound to his back that fractured his ribs. The victim was uncooperative, declining to give police any details about what happened.

While police were at the hospital, a second gunshot victim, a 16-year-old male, was brought in with a gunshot wound to the right leg via private vehicle. That victim reported that he was sitting at a tree stump in the Harbor View Apartments complex when a masked gunman shot him and fled the area. A witness stated that the gunman was dressed in all black clothing. These incidents are under investigation. Anyone who knows what happened to lead to these shootings are asked to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

St. Thomas Man Charged with Burglary

July 13, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 11 at about 7:15 p.m., police arrested Allen Springette, age 49, and charged him with 3rd Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny.

Springette was arrested in reference to a burglary that occurred June 28 at Percy’s Bus Stop on Veterans Drive. He was apprehended in the Fort Christian Parking lot and placed under arrest.

.Bail for Springette 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.

Allen Springette, Suspect

Man Found with Unlicensed Firearm on Rhymer Highway

July 13, 2020.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 11 at roughly 5:05 p.m., officers of the Special Operations Bureau arrested 29-year-old Kewasi James of Estate Mariendahl, charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession of a Firearm Within 1000 Feet of a School.

An unlicensed firearm was found in the vehicle driven by James during a traffic stop on Wilmoth Rhymer Highway.

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

Two Killed While Working in Tutu High Rise

July 9, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 9 at roughly 12:57 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of shots fired in the shuttered Tutu High Rise housing community, in the vicinity of Building 13. Officers traveled to the area and found two Black males with gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that one of the victims had no signs of life. The second victim was transported from the scene via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center, where he later expired.

The victims were identified by family members as 29-year-old Rique Ashby and his cousin, 14-year-old Aaron Ashby.

St. Thomas / St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip decried this latest incident of gun violence and appealed to the community for information to help solve this crime. “We are asking our residents to find alternate ways of resolving disputes. Using guns is never the right way. As we always say, if you see something, say something.” Persons with information are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Vernon Jones, Jr, Suspect

Man Arrested for Domestic Simple Assault

July 9, 2020

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 7 at around 5:15 p.m., police arrested Vernon Jones, Jr., age 26 of Mt. Pleasant West, charging him with Simple Assault & Battery Degree, Domestic Violence.

An adult female reported to the 911 Emergency Call Center that she was assaulted by Jones. The investigation revealed that an altercation occurred between Jones and the victim, and Jones assaulted the victim about the body with his fists, causing injury.

Bail was not offered to Jones, 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.

St. Thomas Man Shot in Sugar Estate

July 9, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 8 at approximately 1:24 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital Emergency Room in reference to a gunshot wound victim.

A citizen told officers that he heard an argument between the victim and a female in Sugar Estate, then heard shots being fired. The citizen further stated that he did not see who fired the shots nor saw anyone leaving the area. The male victim was shot in the right knee and was listed in stable condition.

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

Robbery Reported in Estate Southgate

July 6, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 6 at approximately 11:24 a.m., two men reported being robbed in the vicinity of the Cheeseburgers in Paradise restaurant.

The victims reported that a tall and slender Black male who approached them with a gun and demanded money. The victims explained that they complied with the suspect’s demand, as the suspect pointed a firearm at them during the robbery. The suspect left the area. None of the victims were injured during this incident.

This case is under investigation. If you have information about this incident, please tell police what you know by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Arrested Another Man in Connection to the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion Shooting

July 5, 2020

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 2 at approximately 10:15 a.m., police arrested Rahkeem S. Swanston, age 20. The next day at around 10:15 a.m., his brother, Zomari K. Swanston, age 30, was also placed under arrest. Both men, of Estate Whim, were charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed, Aiming and Discharging a Firearm, and Possession of Ammunition.

The Swanston brothers were identified as shooters in an incident which resulted in a woman being shot at the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion housing community on July 1.

Bail for Rahkeem Swanston was set at $75,000, while bail for Zomari Swanston was set at $25,000. None of the men were able to post bail, and they were subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

St. Croix Man Dies of Gunshot Wounds in Frederiksted Neighborhood

July 4, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 4 at about 11:48 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots being fired in the Smithfield / Two Brothers area, just east of Walter I. M. Hodge Pavilion. Officers traveled to the scene and discovered an adult Black male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene made a check of the victim and concluded that he had no vital signs.

He was identified by next of kin as 23-year-old Nathaniel Heywood of Walter I. M. Hodge Pavilion.

This case remains under active investigation. If you know something about this incident, please say something to police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

Rahkeem S. Swanston, Suspect in Walter Hodge Pavillion Shooting

Police Made Another Arrest in Walter Hodge Pavilion Shooting Incident

July 3, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 2 at approximately 10:15 a.m., police arrested Rahkeem S. Swanston, age 20 of Estate Whim. He was charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed, Aiming and Discharging a Firearm, and Possession of Ammunition. Swanston was identified as one of the shooters in an incident which resulted in a woman being shot at the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion housing community.

Bail for Swanston 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.

 

Police Investigating Gunfire in Sion Farm, Family Ran for Cover as Bullets Hit Home

July 3, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 1 at around 12:42 a.m., detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau were notified to travel to Sion Farm where a residence was impacted by gunshots.

The homeowner reported that her family members were asleep when they were awakened by loud gunfire and the sounds of bullets hitting the house. The residents took evasive measures to avoid getting injured by the gunfire. No one in the home was injured.

There was bullet damage at the front of the house and bullet holes in the windows and interior walls.

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

St. Thomas Man Shot in Hospital Ground

July 3, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 1 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital Emergency Room for a gunshot victim.

The victim reported that he arrived at his residence in Hospital Ground and observed two males dressed in dark clothing sitting outside. The victim stated that one of the suspects approached him in a threatening manner and an altercation ensued between him and both suspects. The suspects assaulted the victim with a metal pipe to the head during the altercation, then shot him in the torso. The victim was transported to the hospital via private vehicle for treatment and was listed in stable condition.

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

Woman Injured in Shootout in W.I.M. Hodge Pavilion, Man Arrested

IJuly 1, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On July 1 at approximately 8:18 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received multiple reports of shots being fired in the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion housing community.

Several witnesses reported that several Black males in a vehicle entered into the housing community and began damaging a vehicle. According to the witnesses, the owner of the vehicle, later identified as 22-year-old Jahamon Bruce of Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion, appeared on the scene with a firearm, at which time the males who damaged the vehicle began shooting at him. Bruce returned fire, prompting the group of males to leave the area in their vehicle. A female bystander received a gunshot wound to the back and was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center via private vehicle. The victim underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition. Bruce admitted to detectives that he fired the gun and was placed under arrest around 10:30 a.m., charged with Carrying of Firearm Openly or Concealed.

Bail for Bruce 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.

VIPD Launches Crackdown on Impaired Driving: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

July 1, 2020

US VIRGIN ISLANDS – Police Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor and the Virgin Islands Office of Highway Safety (VIOHS) announces the launch their high visibility enforcement campaign beginning July 1 - September 30.

High visibility enforcement is designed to deter people from driving after consuming alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, and prescription medication. The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) will be increasing the number of the law enforcement officers to protect the lives of residents and visitors in the community. You will see increased enforcement on the roadways, conducting zero-tolerance Comprehensive Sobriety Roadside Checkpoints to detect and apprehend those who drive impaired.

In Fiscal Year 2019, the Virgin Islands experienced a total of 4,722 collisions territory-wide; 709 of those collisions resulted in injuries, while 18 were reported as fatalities. The territory also incurred 79 DUI arrests and two impaired driving-related fatalities.

By working together, Commissioner Velinor and the Office of Highway Safety are encouraging the public to practice safe driving by complying to the traffic rules and regulations, which can reduce crashes, save lives, and prevent injuries in our community. Continue to follow the COVID-19 protocols to protect you and your family’s health. Remember to always be vigilant and to put safety first by planning a safe way home before you start to drink. If you plan to go out and enjoy the evening with alcohol, select a designated driver. Join us in helping to keep everyone safe on the road.

Manuel Davis Melendez, AKA “Matatan.”

Suspect

Man Suffers Gunshot Wound in Watergut, Suspect Wanted

June 30, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 29 at roughly 9:44 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received notification of shots fired in the Ruby M. Rouss Housing Community. Officers traveled to the area and were advised of a gunshot victim in the vicinity of the nearby Seaborne Airlines terminal. Investigation revealed the victim was being chased and shot at by a suspect, and the victim ran towards the terminal to seek shelter from the attack. The victim received a gunshot wound to his left leg and was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance for treatment.

Further investigation has revealed the suspect in this shooting is Manuel Davis Melendez, AKA “Matatan.” Davis Melendez is a Hispanic male with long black hair kept in braids or ponytails. He stands between 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. Davis Melendez has multiple tattoos; most prominent is a cross tattoo on the center of his neck, a tattoo that reads “De’ Jari” surrounded by orange flames to the left side of his neck, a tattoo that reads “Manuel” on his left forearm, a dice with stars and flames tattoo on top of his left hand, and a tattoo that reads “RIP Elvis” on the top of his right hand. He is known to frequent Williams Delight, Old Fredensborg, and Ruby Rouss Apartments. Davis Melendez is considered dangerous.

If you know of Davis Melendez’s whereabouts, or if you have information about this incident, you are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Domestic 1st Degree Rape

June 30, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 25 at approximately 2:52 p.m., Stuart Drew, age 41 of Strawberry Hill, was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Rape, Domestic Violence.

The victim in this incident, an adult female, reported that she was raped, sodomized, and strangled by Drew on March 29.

Drew was not offered bail as per the territory’s domestic violence statutes, but he was released to the custody of his attorney pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

 

Stuart Drew, suspect

Woman Arrested for Assaulting Couple

June 30, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 27 at roughly 11 p.m., police arrested 22-year-old Edeikah Jacobs of Work & Rest, charging her with Domestic Violence and Contempt of Court, Domestic Violence.

The victims reported that they were driving in Christiansted when they noticed Jacobs in a vehicle following them. The male victim, Jacobs’ former partner, pulled over to see why she was following them, at which time Jacobs approached the car and threw a drink on him. The female victim exited the vehicle and Jacobs sprayed something in the female victim’s face, causing her pain.

The female victim notified officers of a court order against Jacobs for stalking and harassment. Jacobs was arrested for assaulting her former partner and for violating the court order. She was not offered bail as per the territory’s domestic violence statutes. She was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

BE PREPARED IN CASE DISASTER STRIKES!

Man Injured in Robbery Attempt at Christiansted Restaurant

June 29, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 28 at approximately 2:49 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Breezes Restaurant to investigate a robbery incident that left a male victim injured.

Officers traveled to the area and contacted a witness who stated that she and her husband were at the restaurant’s parking lot sitting in their vehicle. The male victim exited the vehicle to investigate a noise they heard when a Black male individual wearing a mask and a camouflaged shirt demanded money from them. The male victim told the suspect that he did not have money, and the suspect assaulted the victim with a sharp instrument about the face. The suspect left the area dark green Jeep vehicle. The victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center where he received treatment for multiple lacerations about his face and head. He was listed in stable condition.

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

Extradited St. Thomas Man Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges

June 28, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 26 at approximately 3:15 p.m. members of the VIPD Warrant Unit arrested Shemar Coward, age 20 of Water Bay Condos, and charged him with 1st Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime of Violence, and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Coward was apprehended in Baltimore, Maryland and extradited to the Virgin Islands to face his charges.

Coward is accused of being one of two suspects who robbed Exquisite Barber Shop and Bar located in Vitraco Park at gunpoint on May 25.

Coward’s bail was set at $250,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Man Arrested After Violating Restraining Order

June 28, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 27 at around 5:51 p.m., police arrested Hasani J. Hippolyte, age 25 of New Works, and charged him with Contempt of Court, Domestic Violence.

On June 27 officers received a report of a violation of a restraining order. The investigation into the matter revealed that Hippolyte has a court-ordered restraining order, which prohibits him from contacting his ex-partner. Hippolyte, through his admission, violated the restraining order by calling and texting his ex-partner. Hippolyte was placed under arrest.

No bail was set in this matter 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.

Man Suffers Gunshot Wound in Bovoni Housing

June 28, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 27 at approximately 7:06 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots being fired in the Bovoni Housing Community.

Officers traveled to the area and found a Black male with a gunshot wound to his left leg. Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on the scene and provided medical attention to the victim. The victim refused to travel to the Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center to receive further medical assistance.

This case is presently under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5557 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

VIPD Begins Installation of Gunshot Detection System in the Territory

June 25, 2020

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – On June 24, the Virgin Islands Police Department began conducting live-fire tests of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection service on St. Thomas. The purpose of the test is to verify all ShotSpotter systems are operating as expected and guide any final adjustments before activating the service. The ShotSpotter service is not considered live and operational until the successful completion of the live fire test.

VIPD officers were onsite at all test locations to ensure conditions for testing were safe. The controlled tests consisted of a sequence of gunshots fired at close range into a bullet trap. No bullets were fired into the air and there was no danger to the public.

Similar live-fire tests will be conducted on St. Croix shortly.

ShotSpotter uses a wide-area network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, police officers and 911 dispatchers are notified of the fully qualified and validated gunfire incidents, even if no one calls 911 – although the community is always encouraged to report sounds of gunfire.

By quickly notifying first responders in the unlikely event of gunfire, ShotSpotter helps speed that response with precise information in order to save lives – much like a fire alarm. ShotSpotter is one of several cutting-edge technologies the VIPD is employing to ensure the safety and security of the residents and visitors of the Territory. .

St.Thomas Man Dies After Being Shot During Dispute, One Person Arrested

June 24, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 23 at approximately 4:14 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report that someone was shot in West Caret Bay. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive male, who appeared to have sustained a gunshot wound to his upper body. Emergency Medical Technicians, on the scene, concluded the male did not have any vital signs. The male was identified as 62-year-old Oliver Christian, Jr.

Preliminary investigation revealed Christian was shot due to a dispute involving access to land property. At 7:30 p.m., detectives arrested Alphonso Wade III, age 56 of West Caret Bay, and charged him with Voluntary Manslaughter in the incident. Bail for Wade was set at $125,000. 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 area asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Alphonso Wade III, Suspect

St. Croix Man Injured in Shooting in Grove Place

June 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 23 at about 4:11 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots being fired in Grove Place, in the vicinity of the Eulalie R. Rivera K-8 School. The 911 Emergency Call Center later reported that a male gunshot victim was taken to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center via private vehicle. The victim reported he was driving on Grove Place Road and someone called out his name. Subsequently, an unknown person shot at his vehicle, hitting him in the arm and leg. Officers on the scene found a vehicle with bullet holes and numerous spent shell casings, which were collected for evidentiary value.

This incident, classified as a 1st Degree Assault, is under investigation. Police are urging anyone who may have seen what happened to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Burglars Made Way in Sunshine Scooters in Mandela Circle & Got Away with Several Scooters

June 23, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 22 at approximately 11:00 a.m., police were dispatched to Sunshine Scooters, located at Mandela Circle, regarding a burglary.

The business owner reported that the business was locked and secured at 9 p.m. on June 20. Upon return on the at 9 a.m. on June 22, it was discovered that the business was burglarized. Four scooters and a dirt bike were removed from the business.

This case is presently under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5608 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Firearm Found in Vehicle, Driver Arrested

June 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 23 at around 9:45 a.m., police arrested Hasani Parris, age 22 of Hospital Ground, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

On June 21, officers found a firearm in a vehicle operated by Parris in Paul M. Pearson Gardens after a report of shots fired in the area.

Bail for Parris 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 information regarding this crime are urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Man Injured by Stray Bullet in Shooting Incident in Grove Place

June 22,2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 21, about 8:30 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in Grove Place, stating multiple shots were fired from moving vehicles.

Investigation revealed the shooters had no regard for bystanders in the surrounding area. During the incident, a male victim who was driving on the road was shot in the shoulder by a stray bullet. The victim was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center via private vehicle for treatment.

Police are urging anyone who may know any of the responsible individuals to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

Bovoni Man Arrested for Ammunition Possession

June 22, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 21 at approximately 3:16 a.m., officers of the VIPD Special Operations Bureau responded to a report of shots fired in the Paul M. Pearson Gardens housing community. While investigating the report, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by 21-year-old Nelson Sanderson of Estate Bovoni. The officers searched the vehicle and found ammunition. Sanderson was placed under arrest, charged with Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Bail for Sanderson 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. 

St. Thomas Man Arrested on Warrant for Stalking

June 21, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 20 at roughly 5:45 p.m., 22-year-old Justin Matthews of Lemon Strade, Charlotte Amalie was arrested on a warrant, charged with Stalking and Disturbance of the Peace.

The victim reported that she has been continuously being stalked and harassed by Matthews, apparently after he was involved in an incident with the victim’s boyfriend. The victim reported that the harassment started in December 2019 and occurred as recently as June 10.

Bail for Matthews was set at $10,000, 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.

Man Charged with Domestic Unlawful Sexual Contact

June 21, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 20 at approximately 3:52 p.m., police arrested Jeremiah Stubbs, age 38 of Peter’s Rest, and charged him with 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact, Domestic Violence.

On June 17, the Department of Human Services reported that a minor was sexually assaulted by Stubbs on more than one occasion.

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

Man Injured in Shooting Incident at United Shopping Plaza

June 20, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI - On June 19 at roughly 11:10 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in the parking lot of the United Shopping Plaza. Officers arrived at the area and learned that a male victim was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center via private vehicle.

Witnesses on the scene stated that a silver Ford Escape with no license plate came into the shopping center and traveled around the parking lot in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic. The passengers inside the Ford Escape opened fire on a group of individuals.

The victim received multiple gunshot injuries that were not considered life-threatening and was listed in stable condition.

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

3 Burglars Forced Themselves into St. Croix East End Road & Assualted Occupant

June 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 18 at approximately 9:03 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Ms. Bea Road near Green Cay regarding a burglary in progress.

Officers traveled to the area and made contact with the victim, who stated two suspects forced themselves inside his residence and assaulted him with a firearm while a third suspect stood watch. The victim further stated the suspects restrained him and searched his residence, demanding money and jewelry. The suspects fled the area on foot.

The victim sustained several lacerations to his head. He was treated by Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene for his injuries.

This case is under investigation. Police are appealing to the community for assistance in solving this crime. If you have information, please call police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Tip from Citizen Leads to Firearm Arrest

June 19, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 18 at approximately 10:55 p.m., police arrested Rashawn Ryner, age 21 of Upper Love, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession or Sale of Ammunition.

Officers received a report from a concerned citizen that an unknown male, later identified as Ryner, was observed at the Ultra Lounge at Chris’ Hideaway in Estate Little Princesse with a firearm in his waist. The officers traveled to the establishment and contacted Ryner, who admitted to having the firearm. A check of the Firearm Bureau’s records revealed that Ryner was not licensed to possess a firearm in the territory. He was subsequently placed under arrest.

 

Bail for Ryner 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.

Sidney Elskoe, St. Croix District Chief of Police, thanked the concerned citizen for contacting police to report the illegal firearm, and encouraged everyone to do the same. “The VIPD needs your help in fighting crime. If you see something illegal, say something to us,” Chief Elskoe said.

1st Degree Animal Abuse Reported in Estate Calquohoun

June 18, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 18, around noon, the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator received a call from a citizen reporting a stray dog she feeds in Estate Calquohoun was found dead earlier in the morning. The caller stated the dog appeared to have several large lacerations to the body.

The detective traveled to the scene and found the dog with three large and deep lacerations to the left eye, middle of the back and front right leg, probably the result of a sharp instrument.

This incident, classified as a 1st Degree Animal Abuse, is under investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact police by calling 911, the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator at (340) 778-2211 extension 6097, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Missing St. Croix Man Located

June 18, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 16, a family member who was part of a private search party located Jonathan Moolenaar, age 28, who was reported missing. Moolenaar was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for a physical examination.

The VIPD thanks the community for the assistance in locating Moolenaar.

Approximately $2.25 Million in U.S. Currency Seized in Joint Federal Maritime Operation off the Western Coast of St. Thomas

June 17, 2020

St. Croix, USVI – United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that On June 10, 2020, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs Border Patrol-Air Marine Operation (CBP-AMO) personnel reported that while on duty in the western vicinity of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, they spotted a vessel travelling towards St. Thomas from Puerto Rico without navigational lights. CBP-AMO officers observed two subjects on the unknown vessel, which was described as a 25’ twin engine “yola,” tossing duffle bags overboard as CBP-AMO approached. Federal law enforcement officers engaged in apprehension efforts and attempted to board the unidentified vessel.

The vessel was able to evade law enforcement during the pursuit, however, DHS and CBP-AMO officers later recovered four duffel bags that had been thrown overboard. A search of the four recovered duffel bags revealed approximately $2.25 million in bulk U.S. currency that was vacuum sealed within numerous bundles of plastic wrappings. This seizure is part of an ongoing joint federal initiative between the United States Attorney’s Office District of the Virgin Islands, HSI, DEA, FBI, ATF, IRS-CI and CBP-AMO as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) which is focused on disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations in the Caribbean and which seeks to seize and forfeit the proceeds of criminal activity.

Joseph Henschel charged with False Imprisonment, Domestic Violence.

June 16, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 15 at around 6:18 p.m., detectives arrested Joseph Henschel, age 44 of no fixed address, and charged him with False Imprisonment, Domestic Violence.

On June 2, detectives interviewed the victim at the Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center who stated that Henschel locked her in an apartment against her will for several days, keeping her mobile phone from her. The victim was eventually able to get to a phone and messaged friends for help. When the victim’s friends went to the apartment to check on her, she was able to escape as Henschel opened the door.

Henschel also reportedly assaulted the victim during that time, leaving her with visible injuries to her face, legs, head, arms, and ribs that required medical attention. Henschel was not offered bail as per the territory’s domestic violence statutes.

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

Man Suffers Gunshot Wound in Savan

June 15, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 15 at approximately 1:05 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center regarding a gunshot victim.

The male victim stated to detectives that he was in the Savan area walking to his vehicle where he heard multiple shots being fired. He said he realized that he had been shot and called a relative to take him to the hospital.

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

 

St. Thomas Man Succumbs to Gunshot Injuries in Savan

June 15, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 14 at approximately 9:41 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of a gunshot victim in the Savan area of St. Thomas.

Officers traveled to the area and found a male individual, subsequently identified as 24-year-old Vernon Rawlins, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Rawlins was transported to Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

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

 

St. Croix Man Arrested on Domestic Assault Charge

June 13, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 12 at roughly 5:53 p.m., police arrested 21-year-old Micah Tyson of Estate Humbug, charging him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Tyson reportedly strangled a family member during a disagreement. As per the territory’s domestic violence statutes,

Tyson was not offered bail pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

STX Man Arrested for Scamming Elderly Victim

June 11, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 11 at approximately 9:25 a.m., detectives of the VIPD Economic Crime Unit arrested Jose Bermudez, age 49 of Bugby Hole on an arrest warrant, charging him with Obtaining Money by False Pretense, Embezzlement by Bailee, and Grand Larceny.

Bermudez is accused of scamming an 81-year-old male victim out of over $7,000 back in 2019. The money was given to Bermudez to purchase vehicles, which the victim never received.

Bail for Bermudez was set at $20.000. He was unable to post bail, and he was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. John Man Wanted for Assault

June 11, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The VIPD is asking for the community’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Joseph Nathaniel Allen III. Allen is wanted in connection with a 1st Degree Assault that occurred on June 2 in Cruz Bay, St. John.

Allen is a Black male, 6 feet 3 inches in height, and weighs approximately 150 pounds.

Anyone who knows Allen’s whereabouts is urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

St. Thomas Woman Charged with Forging Checks

June 11, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 11 at around 9:30 a.m., detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit arrested Kzsa Hodge, age 24 of Altona, and charged her with Forgery, Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, and Grand Larceny.

Hodge, who was employed as a medical caretaker of the elderly female victim, admitted to forging the victim’s signature and cashing several checks. She also attempted to cash a check of over $800 in April.

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

St. Croix Woman Charged with Embezzlement

June 11, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 11 at approximately 10:52 a.m., detectives from the VIPD Economic Crimes Unit arrested 54-year-old Marisa Parrilla of Grove Place, charging her with Embezzlement by Clerk/Employee, and Petit Larceny.

The investigation revealed while employed at the Home Depot, Parrilla performed several void transactions allowing an unknown male costumer to leave the store with over $400 in merchandise.

Bail for Parrilla was set at $1,000. She was allowed to post 10% of the bail amount and was released. Parrilla’s Advice of Rights hearing is pending.

Man Injured in Shooting in Frydenhoj

June 11, 2020

.ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 10 at approximately 11:11 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call that shots were being fired in Frydenhoj in the vicinity of the ballpark. Officers traveled to the area and learned that a male victim was shot and was being taken to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center in a private vehicle.  

The victim, who was interviewed at the hospital, stated he was in the area when a blue car came speeding by and fired shots. The victim was shot in the lower leg and transported to the hospital by a private citizen. He is currently listed in stable condition.

This matter is being investigated. Anyone with information that can help police find those responsible is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

St. Thomas Woman Reported to Police of Domestic Assualt by her Boyfriend

June 10, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 10 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center regarding an assault.

The victim stated to police that she was assaulted by her boyfriend. The assault included being struck in the face and about the body with a closed fist, strangulation, and cut with a knife.

This is case is under investigation. If you have any information in this incident, you are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Man Arrested on Warrant for Point Udall Incendiarism

June 9, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 8 at approximately 9:07 p.m., police arrested Taylor Hasson, age 19 of Grapetree Bay, on a warrant issued by the Superior Court. He was charged with Incendiarism.

Hasson was identified as using Molotov cocktails to ignite fires at the Point Udall monument in July of 2019. Other persons who participated have been identified, and the investigation continues into this incident.

Bail for Hasson was set at $25,000. He was released to a third-party custodian.

If you know something about this incident, please say something to police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police: Illegal Marijuana Cultivation Site and Emaciated Dogs Found Near Estate Glynn

June 8, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 5, police found an illegal marijuana cultivation site in Estate Windsor and Windsor Forest, just north of Estate Glynn, on land owned by the VI Department of Agriculture.

The VIPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigator discovered 6 emaciated dogs with no food or water nearby. The dogs were transported to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center for medical evaluations. Several trails at the site led officers to 3 different patches of illegal marijuana cultivation. Officers found just under 50 marijuana plants, topsoil and other material for the growing of marijuana. The plants were confiscated.

 

Two Suffer Gunshot Wounds in Smith Bay on Saturday Night

June 7, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 6 at approximately 9:36 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in Smith Bay. Officers traveled to the scene and found several spent casings near the Picasso Coffee shop on Smith Bay Road. The 911 Emergency Call Center also notified officers of two male gunshot wound victims at the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center.

The males reported that they were driving from Smith Bay when they were shot by an unknown gunman. The males drove themselves to the hospital for treatment.

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 5557, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477, where you can receive a reward for your information.

Jonathan Moolenaar Reported Missing on St. Croix

June 7, 2020

The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Jonathan Moolenaar, who was reported missing by family members. Moolenaar is a Black male, standing around 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet in height and weighs about 150 pounds. He was last seen around on May 19 at his residence wearing a navy blue cut off sweatpants. Moolenaar has a birthmark on left side, wears glasses, and his face is swollen from right side covering his forehead to the left cheek. He is known to frequent the Christiansted area.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jonathan Moolenaar is urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 778-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Jonathan Moolenaar, Missing

Armed Mask Gunmen Attempted to Rob Jewelry Store at St. Thomas Drake's Passage Mall

June 6, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 6 at approximately 11:38 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Namah Jewelry & Gifts, located in the Drake’s Passage Shopping Mall in downtown Charlotte Amalie, regarding an attempted robbery.

Officers contacted the victim who stated that two black males wearing masks and construction vests entered the establishment. The suspects, armed with a gun, attempted to remove valuables from the store. The victim was struck with a firearm during a struggle with the suspects before the suspects fled the area on foot. The victim, who was injured during the struggle, was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment.

St. Thomas Men Arrested on Warrants for Shooting Incident

June 5, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 4 at roughly 7 p.m., Valentine Emmanuel Govia, age 36 of Thomasville, and Roy Jeffery Prosper, age 41 of Frydendahl, were arrested pursuant to arrest warrants. Both men were charged with 3rd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Assault, Possession of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Discharging/Aiming a Firearm, Possession of Unlicensed Firearm, Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm within 1000 Feet of a Public Park, Unauthorized Use of a Firearm; Brandishing, Exhibiting or Using Deadly Weapon and Disturbance of the Peace.

Govia and Prosper were arrested in connection with an incident that occurred on March 21 in Smith Bay. In an apparent altercation, both men brandished firearms and shot at each other, with Prosper suffering gunshot wounds.

Bail for Govia and Prosper was set at $75,000 each by the order of the Superior Court. Neither of the men were able to post bail, therefore they were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Man Listed in Serious Condition After Being Shot in Golden Rock

June 5, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 4 at approximately 8:02 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a shooting in the Golden Rock Shopping Center.

Officers traveled to the area and discovered a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for treatment and was listed in serious condition. This incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information that can help police find those responsible for this crime is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

St. Croix Men Arrested During Traffic Stop

June 5, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 4 around 2:30 p.m., police arrested 23-year-old Daniym Heywood of Ludvig Harrigan Court and Sylvester Christopher, age 20 of Sion Farm.

Heywood was arrested for a robbery that occurred on March 5 in the vicinity of Fisher and Strand Streets, Frederiksted. He was charged with 1st Degree Robbery, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, Discharging a Firearm, Brandishing and Exhibiting or Using a Deadly Weapon and Grand Larceny. Christopher was charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition during the traffic stop.

Bail for Heywood and Christopher was set at $50,000 each for their respective charges. Neither of the men were able to post bail and were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Man Arrested in Connection with St. John Shooting

June 4, 2020

ST. JOHN, USVI – On June 3 at roughly 3:45 p.m., Hasani Liburd, age 27 of Enighed was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact. Liburd was observed returning a rental car used to flee the scene of a shooting in Cruz Bay on June 2. He stated that he was paid to return the vehicle to the rental agency, but refused to cooperate any further with detectives. He was placed under arrest for involvement in the shooting incident. Bail for Liburd was set at $1,000. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

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

 

Hasani Liburd

Drive-by Shooting in Cruz Bay leaves St. John Man in Critical Condition

June 3, 2020

.ST. JOHN, USVI – On June 2 approximately 6:19 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Caps Place, located in Cruz Bay, in reference to shots being fired. Officers arrived at the location and discovered a male victim who had suffered gunshot wounds.

The victim reported to detectives that he was walking in Cruz Bay near the U.S. Post Office heading to his residence when a white Jeep Wrangler pulled up next him. An occupant in the vehicle fired several shots at victim, hitting the victim several times. The victim was transported via ambulance boat to the Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room. The victim was listed in critical but stable condition.

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

Man Succumbs to Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

June 2, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 2 at approximately 4:24 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a man down at Estate Mountain. Officers traveled to the area and discovered an unresponsive male lying in the parking lot near Neighborhood Pharmacy. The individual was transported via ambulance to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified by his next of kin as 30-year-old Kaheem Thomas of Canebrake Apartments, Frederiksted. Investigation revealed that Thomas got into a physical altercation with the pharmacy’s security guard. During the altercation, Thomas disarmed the security guard and turned the firearm on himself.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. Anyone with information that can assist police in this, or any other incident is asked to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Photo caption: Police at the scene where 30-year-old Kaheem Thomas succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound

VIPD: FOUR ARRESTED & CHARGED, 10 GUNS CONFISCATED DURING A RECENT OPERATION ON ST. CROIX

June 2, 2020

During a recent operation on St. Croix, police confiscated ten guns and arrested four men.

On May 29 at approximately 5:50 a.m., police arrested Jareem Tutein, age 23 of La Grande Princesse, and charged him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm as a result of the recovery of a loaded firearm and ammunition inside a residence.

At 8:36 a.m., 26-year-old Jose Osorio of Sion Hill was arrested by VIPD officers, charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Osorio was in a residence where firearms were found during the execution of a search warrant. He was placed under arrest as a result.

Then at 3:07 p.m., police placed Oshanie Cornelius, age 22 of Castle Coakley, under arrest, charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Cornelius was found with a loaded firearm during while a search warrant was being executed.

And around 8:36 a.m., on May 29, Michael Cruz, age 21 of Sion Farm was arrested by police, charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

During the execution of a search warrant, Cruz was found in possession of two firearms, two loaded magazines, and additional ammunition. Cruz was placed under arrest as a result.

Bail for all four men was set at $50,000, no 10% provision. They were unable to post bail and was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearing.

 

 

 

 

Man Wanted for Larcenies

June 1, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The VIPD is asking for the community’s assistance in locating 37-year-old John Allen. Allen is wanted in connection with several larcenies that have occurred from 2019 to May 2020 throughout the island of St. Thomas.

Allen is a Caucasian male, 5 feet 11 inches in height, and weighs approximately 160 pounds.

Anyone who knows Allen’s whereabouts is urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9800 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

John Allen

St. Thomas Man Arrested After Breaking Car Window with Brick

June 1, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 1 at approximately 11:50 a.m., police arrested Calvin Henry, age 44 of Estate Thomas, and charged him with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Henry admitted to throwing a brick at the victim’s vehicle, shattering the driver side window.

The victim received minor injuries in the incident. Henry was not offered bail, as per the Territory’s domestic violence statutes.

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

St. Croix Man Succumbs to Gunshot Wounds in Christiansted

June 1st, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 31 at approximately 5:31 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report from a concerned citizen of shots fired on Market Street, Christiansted, better known as Times Square.

Responding officers found an unresponsive black male on the ground. The male appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds about the body. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the male did not have any signs of life.

The victim has been identified by his next of kin as Terrance Leroy James, age 38.

Police are urging anyone having information regarding this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

Police Searching for St. Thomas Man

May 31, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Police are looking for 44-year-old Tremain T. Maynard. Maynard is wanted in connection with a domestic assault that occurred on Kronprindsens Gade on May 29.

Maynard is a black male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 225 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone having seen Tremain T. Maynard is asked to notify 911 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 Ext. 5579.

Tremain T. Maynard