Shooting Death near Green Cay Beach Under Investigation

2/04/2022

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 4, at approximately 11:43 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen who reported hearing multiple gunshots in the vicinity of Chenay Bay. Officers dispatched to the area found an unresponsive male in a vehicle on the dirt road to Green Cay Beach who sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the male, identified by a next of kin as 52-year-old Arnold Jarvis, had no vital signs.

Sean Santos, Sr., Chief of Police in the St. Croix District, expressed frustration at another life lost to gun violence. “It truly upsets me that our people resort to using guns to resolve their differences. Now we have another family grieving the loss of their loved one due to senseless gun violence,” Chief Santos said.

Detectives urge 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 or online at p3tips.com.

Mon Bijou Man Arrested on Warrant, Charged with Illegal Gun Possession

June 27, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – 23-year-old Darius George, Jr. of Mon Bijou was arrested pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands on June 25, at around 11:46 a.m. George was charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm.

Officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle operated by George on Midland Road, in Estate Calquohoun. The vehicle was subsequently impounded, and officers obtained search warrant for the vehicle. A firearm was discovered in the vehicle during the search, resulting in the attainment of an arrest warrant for George. Bail was set at $25,000, and George, unable to post bail, was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe used this arrest to warn residents against possessing illegal firearms. “We will continue to arrest anyone who possess firearms without going through the proper channels. If you have an illegal firearm, our officers will arrest you and take that illegal gun off the street,” Chief Elskoe said.

 

Police Investigating Death in Estate Fortuna

June 20, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 18, approximately 6:27 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man down in Estate Fortuna near the food van. Upon arrival to the scene, officers found an unresponsive, Black male with a gunshot wound. The male victim identified as Donald George, age 38 of Estate Fortuna was declared deceased upon arrival by the Emergency Medical Technicians.

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

 

Man Wanted for Assault Turns Himself In

June 8, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 7, at roughly 9 a.m., Rosier Smith, age 37 of Contant, turned himself in to police after learning he was wanted for a crime. He was arrested, charged with 1st Degree Assault, Attempted Murder, and Mayhem.

Smith allegedly assaulted a male victim by throwing him off a balcony on May 30.

Bail for Smith was set at $75,000. 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.

Police Station Closed After Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

May 25, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 23, leadership of the Virgin Islands Police Department was notified that five employees of the Mariel C. Newton Command police station in Anna’s Retreat tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As a result, employees who were potentially exposed were ordered to quarantine at home. On May 24, the leadership team met with some employees possibly impacted and sent a notification to all employees regarding the matter. The station was closed for comprehensive cleaning, which was completed on Monday and as a measure of precaution. This temporary closure does not impact our ability to accomplish our core mission of protecting our community.

Additional actions being taken to address the issue include maintaining contact with Virgin Islands Department of Health, supporting our employees affected, advising staff to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, providing necessary protective equipment, and making testing available to persons potentially exposed to the virus.

The Mariel Newton Command police station is scheduled to reopen on May 27. During this temporary closure, community members are advised to continue to call 911 for emergencies. If you need to visit a police station, please visit the Richard Callwood Command station in downtown Charlotte Amalie for assistance.

Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm Arrest

May 24, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 21, at roughly 4:24 p.m., officers of the VIPD Special Operations Bureau arrested 33-year-old Jaime St. Omer of Estate Carlton, charging him with Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed.

Special Operations Bureau officers were on patrol in the vicinity of the Golden Rock Shopping Center when they conducted a traffic stop on a gray Infiniti, operated by St. Omer, that did not have a rear license plate. During the course of the traffic stop, officers discovered a firearm in the vehicle. St. Omer admitted to officers that he did not have a license to possess the firearm, and was placed under arrest.

Bail for St. Omer 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.

Body Found in Bugby Hole, Police Seeking Assistance for Identification

May 19, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 19, at approximately 8:36 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of an apparent dead body near the roadway in Estate Bugby Hole. Officers traveled to the area and located a deceased female in advanced decomposition.

Detectives on the scene were unable to ascertain the deceased’s race or age, based on the condition of the body. They are appealing to the community for assistance in identifying this person. If you have a female family member who has recently gone missing, you are urged to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau immediately at (340) 227-5291.

 

Police Investigating Possible Drowning at Brewers Beach

May 7, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 4, at approximately 2:02 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to John Brewers Beach in reference to a possible drowning. Police officers and security personnel from the University of the Virgin Islands traveled to the area and found an unresponsive male who was removed from the water. The male was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by the Emergency Room physician.

The deceased was identified by his next of kin as 87-year-old George A. Lake. The cause of death is unknown at this time, pending an autopsy.

Man Charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact

April 29, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – Detectives arrested 47-year-old Kevin Moran of Estate Boetzberg on April 28 on an arrest warrant. He was charged with 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact, Aggravated Assault & Battery, Simple Assault & Battery, and Selling or Serving Alcoholic Beverages to Minors.

Moran is accused of inappropriately touching a minor on December 11, 2020.

Bail for Moran 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.

Annas Retreat Man Wanted for Attempted Murder

April 28, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is looking for 53-year-old Adallah Donastorg in connection with an 1st Degree Assault / Attempted Murder that occurred on April 26 in the Annas Retreat area.

Donastorg is a Black male who stands approximately 5 feet 7 inches in height, and weighs around 210 pounds. He frequents the Bovoni area.

If you have seen Adallah Donastorg, please contact police by calling 911, the Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 774-2211, extensions 5534 or 5640, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

St. Thomas Man Charged with Firearm and Marijuana Possession

April 25, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 23, at around 4:35 p.m., police arrested Carlos Colon, Jr., age 26 of Estate Thomas, charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, and Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Officers on patrol conducted a traffic stop on a white Acura TSX, operated by Colon. During the course of the traffic stop, Colon was found with a loaded firearm on his person, and marijuana was found in the vehicle. A firearms license check was conducted, and it was revealed that Colon did not have a license to possess a firearm in the Virgin Islands. He was arrested as a result of possessing the firearm and the marijuana.

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

Explosion Aboard Vessel Injures Two

April 17, 2021

ST. JOHN, USVI – On April 16, at around 11:07 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Westin Resort harbor in reference to an apparent explosion aboard a vessel.

Police officers and Virgin Islands Fire Service personnel traveled to the vessel, the Carpe Aura, with the assistance of the Westin Resort ferry crew. Witnesses aboard the Carpe Aura reported hearing the vessel’s engine start, followed by a clicking noise, then the explosion of the engine. Two men onboard the vessel were injured and transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment of various injuries, ranging from broken bones, lacerations, and burns. Both men were listed in stable condition.

This incident is currently under investigation by the VIPD and the Virgin Islands Fire Service.

Man Arrested for Falsifying Negative COVID-19 Test

April 6, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On the heels of an announcement by the Virgin Islands Department of Justice, warning residents against uploading falsified COVID-19 test results to the Department of Tourism’s travel portal, law enforcement officers of the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force, assisted by Virgin Islands Port Authority police officers, arrested 54-year-old Clifford H. Mattson of Annaly Estate on April 3 at approximately 1:50 p.m., charging him with Making Fraudulent Claims Upon the Government and Sending or Delivering False Messages.

Evidence was found that Mattson uploaded falsified negative COVID-19 test results to the travel portal so he and his wife could board a flight from Miami to St. Croix. Mattson and his wife were intercepted at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, where they were taken into custody. Mattson stated to officers that his wife did not know that he falsified the documents, and she was not charged. Bail for Mattson was set at $5,500, which he posted. He was released, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor applauded the teamwork between the Virgin Islands Department of Health, the Virgin Islands Police Department, the Virgin Islands Port Authority Police force, the Virgin Islands Department of Justice, and the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force in organizing and executing the arrest. “Employees from multiple government agencies worked on this investigation. Law enforcement officers will arrest individuals who violate the law by presenting fictitious and fake COVID-19 test results. The message is clear that travelers must get tested before entering our Territory,” Police Commissioner Velinor said.

Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise N. George stated on the arrest, “Upon the finding of probable cause by the V.I. Superior Court, the Office of the Attorney General will file the appropriate criminal charges.”

Little Princess Man Injured in Shooting Dies

April 4, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – The victim of a shooting incident in Estate Little Princess on Thursday has succumbed to his injuries.

The victim, identified as 35-year-old Deron Dixon, reported to police that as he left his residence headed to work at approximately 5 a.m. on April 1, he heard gunfire and realized he had been injured. He stated that he observed a white vehicle leaving the area, but did not know who shot him. Dixon sustained multiple gunshot wounds about his body, and was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center for treatment. He died Saturday at around 11 p.m.

 

Campo Rico Man Fires on Officers, Arrested

March 19, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 19, at roughly 7 a.m., police arrested Charles Frazer, age 26 of Campo Rico, charging him with Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Aiming & Discharging a Firearm, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed, and Possession of Ammunition.

Officers of the Criminal Investigation and Special Operations Bureaus executed a search warrant of a residence in Estate Campo Rico. During the execution of the warrant, an occupant in the residence, later identified as Frazer, discharged one round through his bedroom door, striking an officer’s Ballistic Entry Shield. No one was hurt in the incident. The firearm used in the shooting was confiscated, and a search of the bedroom produced firearm magazines loaded with ammunition. Bail for Frazer was set at $100,000, 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.

Sidney Elskoe, St. Croix District Chief of Police, expressed concern about the incident, and expressed relief that no one was injured. He also commended his officers’ restraint in the incident. “Our officers displayed an amazing amount of control, choosing not to return fire after the suspect who fired on them,” Chief Eslkoe said.

Detectives urge anyone who has information on any open cases to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously and confidentially at Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

St. Croix Man Charged with Ammunition Possession

March 17, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On March 17, at approximately 7:32 a.m., police arrested Sharif Matthew, age 23 of Betsy’s Jewel, charging him with Possession of Ammunition.

During the course of a current murder investigation, a vehicle owned by Matthew, who is a person of interest in the case, was seized by detectives on March 2. Detectives obtained a warrant to search the vehicle and found ammunition. A check with the Firearms Bureau shows that Matthew is not licensed to possess a firearm or ammunition in the Territory. Detectives subsequently obtained an arrest warrant and placed Matthew under arrest.

Bail for Matthew was set at $25,000, 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.

Eighth St. Croix Woman Pleads Guilty in Multi-Defendant Tax Fraud Scheme

March 12, 2021

St. Croix, USVI – United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Joanne Benjamin, age 41, from the Virgin Islands pled guilty in federal court on March 11, 2021 to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, from January 2011 to July 2012, Joanne Benjamin and others participated in a scheme to steal money from the United States treasury by fraudulently obtaining federal income tax refunds. The scheme involved the acquisition of personal identifying information of individuals (i.e. name, social security number, and date of birth) used to electronically file falsified tax returns with a designation of refunds to the acquired bank accounts or debit cards. Defendant and her co-conspirators withdrew the deposited refunds, spent them using a debit card or transferred them to other accounts, all for personal use.

As a result of the scheme, approximately $110,896 of falsely-claimed returns was designated for deposit into Defendant’s bank account, of which approximately $80,425 was actually deposited therein.

Of the ten defendants charged in the tax fraud scheme, Benjamin is the eighth to plead guilty. Seven others have entered guilty pleas, three of whom have been sentenced in federal court by District Court Chief Judge Wilma Lewis. The remaining two defendants are scheduled for trial on June 7, 2021. A sentencing date for Benjamin is scheduled for July 14, 2021, and she faces a maximum sentence of ten years, up to a $250,000.00 fine, and the payment of restitution.

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

 

 

Woman Reported Missing, Search Underway

March 9, 2021.

ST. JOHN, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating 56-year-old Sarm Joan Lillian Heslop, who was reported missing on March 8. Heslop is a Caucasian female, unknown height and weight. She has a tattoo on her left shoulder.

Heslop was last seen on March 7 aboard the vessel Siren Song, that was moored off the coast of St. John.

 

Man Wanted in Cancryn Bridge Shooting Turns Himself In, Arrested

March 8, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On March 8, at approximately 8:15 a.m., 23-year-old Tarik Babrow of Hospital Ground, turned himself to police after learning that he was wanted by the Virgin Islands Police Department. He was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm within 1000 Feet of a School.

Babrow was identified as the individual who discharged a firearm at a man from a black vehicle, causing damages to the victim’s vehicle. This incident occurred on Veteran’s Drive, near the pedestrian bridge in the vicinity of the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, on March 2.

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

Police Arrest Estate Glynn Man for Drug Possession

March 7, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – Officers of the VIPD’s Special Operations Bureau arrested Daniel M. Ramos, age 20 of Estate Glynn, on March 6 at around 1:14 p.m. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute.

Officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Ramos was a passenger. During the course of the traffic stop, officers found a bag containing over a pound of marijuana. Ramos admitted to owning the bag and its contents, and was placed under arrest as a result.

Ramos’ bail was set at $7,500, 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.

VIPD Continues Search for Missing Man

March 6, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI - The VIPD St. Croix District continues to search for 80-year-old Michael “Dodor” Emmanuel, who was reported missing on February 19. Emmanuel is a Black male, standing around 5 feet 5 inches in height, and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, with a dark brown complexion.

Emmanuel was last seen on February 19 at around 6:45 a.m. at his residence in Canebrake Apartments, wearing a brown striped pajama pants, white vest, and no shoes. A $3,200 reward for information leading to his whereabouts has been offered.

Detectives are asking for the community’s assistance with information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Emmanuel. If you have information that can lead to him being found, you are urged to call 911, the Wilbur Francis Command at (340) 778-2211, or the Crime TipLine at (340) 778- 4950.

Another Fatal Shooting on the Big Island Bringing the Total Number of Deaths to 8 in Just 5 Days

March 2, 2021

Another fatal shooting took place on the St. Croix on Tuesday morning, in the Estate Carlton community.

Police received the call of the shooting from an adult male, around 11:17, who reported that he was shot in his residence. 

The victim died at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and has been identified as  38-year-old Ian Benjamin, Sr.

A motive for the killing has not yet been determined.

Tuesdays shooting brings the number of killings on the big island to 8 in just 5 days.

A series of shootings have occurred since the shooting of Kevin Jerome on Friday while he was traveling to work, in broad daylight on Main Street, Williams Delight.

on Saturday night, a La Grange woman was shot and killed in her home by mask gunmen. police have said the killings don't appear to relate. 

Also, on Saturday night, a shooting between two gangs took occurred outside the Corner Pocket Night Club in Villa La Reine. Several people were injured, one died on the scene, and we have now learned that a young man was in critical condition has died from his injuries.

Then, just after midnight on Sunday unknown assailants opened fire on a group of people at the vegetable market in Frederiksted, where a birthday party was being held. Two individuals died and several others were injured.

On Sunday morning another young man was shot and killed in Mon Bijou.

Detectives are urging anyone who saw something to say something to police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477. Your tip leading to an arrest can earn you a reward.

 

Several Shot & Killed In Separate Incidents on St.Croix

ST. CROIX, USVI – 11 persons received gunshot injuries from three separate, unrelated incidents across the island, with four of those persons succumbing to their injuries. 

On February 27, at approximately 10:08 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call regarding the discovery of an unresponsive female gunshot victim at a residence in Estate La Grange. The victim, who expired at the scene, was identified by relatives as 66-year-old Elsi Ruiz. The incident appears to be a home invasion that turned deadly.

At around 11:43 p.m., a call of shots fired and a man down at the Corner Pocket Grillhouse and Nightclub in Estate La Reine was received by the Emergency Call Center. The initial investigation revealed a verbal dispute at the establishment escalated when one of the men brandished a firearm and a shootout ensued between him and a group of men. Six individuals were wounded by the gunfire, with one man dying of his injuries at the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center. The victim was identified as Dujuan Tyson, age 23. One other gunshot victim is listed in critical condition, while the remaining four victims received injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

On February 28, at roughly 12:21 a.m., another incident of shots fired was reported with multiple victims at the Ann E. Heyliger Vegetable Market in downtown Frederiksted. Officers arrived at the location and found an unresponsive Hispanic male with gunshot wounds on the ground. Officers learned three other gunshot victims were transported to the hospital via private vehicles. The victim at the scene, who had no vital signs, was identified as Johnny Martinez, age 49. Another victim, identified as David Clouden, age 47, died at the hospital. The remaining two victims received non-life-threatening injuries.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe denounced these incidents, saying, “We are too small of a community to allow senseless gun violence to exist.” Detectives are urging anyone with information in these shooting incidents to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Two Inmates Arrested for Attempted Murder

February 23, 2021.

ST. CROIX, USVI – 42-year-old Hector Ramos and 23-year-old Manuel Davis, both inmates of the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility, were arrested and charged with 1st Degree Attempted Murder on February 23, at around 3:50 p.m.

The investigation revealed earlier in that morning, Ramos and Davis worked together to assault two fellow inmates, causing life-threatening injuries to the men. Allegedly, Ramos used a machete and Davis used a knife in the attack, and subsequently hid the weapons to avoid being caught.

Ramos and Davis were remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections after failing to post $75,000 bond each, pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Estate Smithfield Woman Charged with Domestic Violence

February 23, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 22, at approximately 3:14 a.m., police arrested Gloria Gerard, age 61 of Estate Smithfield, charging her with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Gerard allegedly strangled a family member during a disagreement, causing visible injuries.

Gerard was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections without bail, in accordance with the Territory’s domestic violence statutes, pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas Man Surrenders in Domestic Violence Assault

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On February 17, at approximately 11:01 a.m., 42-year-old Darren Hodge of Savan turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted. He was placed under arrest, charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Hodge is accused of assaulting his minor daughter and her mother on February 16. He discharged a firearm near the adult female victim’s head, causing injury to her right ear. The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Hodge was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections without bail, in accordance with the Territory’s domestic violence statutes, pending his Advice of Rights hearing. This case is still under investigation. Detectives are urging anyone with further information to call 911, the Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Man Dies in Automobile – Pedestrian Accident

February 15, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 11, at about 7:41 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a vehicular – pedestrian accident in Estate Profit.

The investigation into the incident revealed that a silver Ford Ranger pickup truck was traveling southbound on Route 663 when a pedestrian, identified as 66-year-old Fernando Crispin, attempted to cross the road westbound, and was hit by the vehicle. Crispin was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance, where he subsequently died from his injuries.

The investigation also revealed that the victim was wearing dark clothing, and the area did not have streetlights. Those factors may have contributed to the accident.

Police Investigating Multiple Stabbing Incidents in Estate Diamond Ruby

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 5, the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center in reference to stabbing victims.

At approximately 6:38 p.m., a male victim was transported to the Emergency Room via private vehicle with stab wounds to his right shoulder and right side of his chest. The driver of the vehicle reported that he exited Allyne’s Variety Store in Estate Diamond Ruby and found the victim injured outside the store.

At 8:32 p.m., another stabbing victim arrived at the Emergency Room with stab wounds to his right forearm, right side of chest and left shoulder. He reported that he was assaulted at the same location as the first victim, stating he attempted to calm the suspect down when he was attacked.

The suspect was subsequently assaulted by bystanders and witnesses after stabbing the two victims. He suffered multiple contusions and stab wounds. He was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

 

Harbor View Man Charged with Burglary

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 5, at roughly 5:36 a.m., officers arrested Elijah Smith, age 27 of Harbor View Apartments, on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Islands. He was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Simple Assault and Battery, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and Destruction to Property.

Smith was arrested for an incident that occurred on January 11, in Estate Golden Rock.

Bail for Smith 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.

Estate Whim Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 4, at roughly 3:42 a.m., police arrested Wayne A. Jerome, age 23 of Estate Whim, charging him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Jerome is accused of assaulting his girlfriend and damaging property during a disagreement. Bail was not offered, and Jerome was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

The VIPD reminds the community that there is no excuse for domestic violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or you are witness to ongoing domestic violence, call our Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 778-2211.

Old Fredensborg Man Charged with DUI

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 30, at approximately 11:57 p.m., police arrested Luis A. Perez- Soler, age 42 of Old Fredensborg, charging him with Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor.

Perez-Soler was operating his vehicle on Queen Mary Highway, in Estate Two Williams, when he was involved in an auto accident. Officers investigating the accident found that Perez-Soler was driving his vehicle while intoxicated, thereby causing the accident. Perez-Soler was arrested as a result.

Bail for Perez-Soler was set at $1,000, which he posted. He was released, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Woman Charged with Cyber Harassment

January 30, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 29, at around 7:37 p.m., detectives of the VIPD’s Economic Crimes Unit arrested 35-year-old Sharron Lopez of Louis E. Brown Villas, charging her with Harassment by Written Communication, Cyber-Stalking and Cyber-Harassment.

Lopez is alleged to have harassed a former coworker in January of 2020 by sending multiple threatening text messages using an online text application, causing the coworker to resign from her position.

Bail for Lopez was set at $1,000, which she posted. She was released, pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Mary’s Fancy Man Charged with Domestic Violence Kidnapping

.January 29, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – Police arrested 36-year-old Ossie Constant of Mary’s Fancy on January 28. He was charged with Kidnapping/False Imprisonment, Domestic Violence; Grand Larceny; Simple Assault; and Disturbance of the Peace, Domestic Violence.

Constant is accused of assaulting his girlfriend in the area of Midland Road. Constant allegedly forced the female into his vehicle and took her to Bonne Esperance Road, where she was able to exit the vehicle and wait for police. Officers located the couple and subsequently arrested Constant.

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. Croix Man Charged with Kidnapping

ST. CROIX, USVI – Police arrested Alton Pennyfeather, age 51of no fixed address, on January 25 at around 5:59 a.m. He was charged with Kidnapping/False Imprisonment, Domestic Violence.

The female victim in this matter reported to police that on January 23 at approximately 7 p.m., Pennyfeather assaulted her, forced her into his vehicle, took her to another location and kept her against her will for several hours. The victim was eventually able to escape and filed a report.

Pennyfeather 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.

Estate Pastory Woman Charged with Domestic False Imprisonment

ST. JOHN, USVI – On January 18 at around 7:30 a.m., police arrested 63-year-old Carmen H. Martie of Estate Pastory. She was charged with False Imprisonment, Domestic Violence.

The victim reported that Martie threatened him with a hammer during a disagreement. Allegedly, Martie blocked the doorway, not allowing the victim to leave the location. Martie was arrested as a result.

Martie 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.

Christiansted Man Arrested for January 12 Gallows Bay Homicide

JANUARY 15, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 15, at roughly 7:05 a.m., 23-year-old Rajah Caul of Company Street, Christiansted was arrested on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. He was charged with 1st Degree Murder for the killing of Michael Cruz, who was shot and killed on January 12 in Gallows Bay.

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

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe commended the officers of the Special Operations Bureau and the detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau who, in their efforts, have been the tip of the spear in making this arrest. “Gun violence is unacceptable in our small community. We thank the members of the community who came forward with information to make this possible,” Chief Elskoe said.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. If you have information about this or any other crimes, you are urged to contact police with your information 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.

Several VING Guardsmen and 2 VIPD Officers Arrested & Under Investigation in Major Drug Bust From St. Thomas to Florida

January 13, 202o

VIPD Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor said during a Wednesday press conference that two virgin Islands police officers are among several individuals arrested on Tuesday in Opa County Florida for drug smuggling.

According to Velinor, the pair are both four year veterans from the St. Thomas/ St. John district and have been identified as  Shakim Mike and Tishaun Adams. About four other individuals, which include VI National Guardsmen were also arrested.

Brig. Gen. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker of the VI National Guard put out a statement on Wednesday and condemned the actions of the guardsmen involved.

“We attentively following this case and will take applicable measures when appropriate in accordance with military law and regulations.” – Brig. Gen. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker noted.

Police Commissioner Velinor said it is a federal investigation and he was not able to provide details of the bust.

 

Police Investigating Burglary in Castle Burke

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 10 at approximately 3:05 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Castle Burke in reference to a burglary.

The 80-year-old female victim stated after hearing a loud noise in her home, two males wearing masks entered into her bedroom demanding money. Although, the victim gave the suspects cash, they restrained her hands and feet with duct tape and searched the home for more money. The suspects subsequently left the residence, leaving the victim bound. After eventually freeing herself, she called 911.

The victim described the two suspects as being about 5 feet 5 inches in height, one slim built and one heavy built, wearing all black with black masks and gloves. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun

Detectives are asking anyone who knows anything about this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Your information can be what is needed to find these suspects.

Contant Woman Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 8 at approximately 3:53 p.m., police arrested Amose Saint Villien, age 40 of Contant, charging her with 3rd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence.

Saint Villien is accused of assaulting the male victim with a rock. The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment of an injury to the head.

Saint Villien was not offered bail, in accordance with the territory’s domestic violence laws. She was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas Man Dies in Automobile Accident

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 10 at about 1:27 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a one vehicle accident in Estate Nazareth.

Officers arrived on the scene to a gray 2011 Toyota Corolla in flames with the driver trapped inside, after apparently colliding into a utility pole. With assistance from the Virgin Islands Fire Service, the flames were extinguished, and officers were able to remove the driver. Once extricated from the vehicle, the driver was transported to Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance, where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was identified by next of kin as 19-year- old Joseph Santana of Sugar Estate.

The accident caused an island-wide power outage, according to the Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority.

The investigation into this vehicular accident is ongoing. Anyone who may have seen what happened is urged to call 911 or the Traffic Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Glucksberg Burglary Suspect Arrested on Warrant

ST. JOHN, USVI – On January 7 at roughly 5:30 a.m., police arrested 20-year-old Khalid Smith of Estate Bellvue on a warrant. He was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Using a Weapon During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Petit Larceny, and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm Within 1000 Feet of a School.

Smith, armed with a gun, was observed on surveillance entering a residence in Estate Glucksberg, on December 23, 2020. He allegedly removed items worth over $1000 while the residents were asleep.

Smith’s bail 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. Detectives are still investigating this and other burglaries in the Glucksberg area. If you have information about any of these incidents, please call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Hospital Ground Man Charged with Domestic Rape

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On January 6 at approximately 2 p.m., police arrested Justin Diaz, age 31 of Hospital Ground, charging him with 3rd Degree Rape, Domestic Violence; Unlawful Sexual Contact; Disturbance Of The Peace Threats, Domestic Violence; Simple Assault, Domestic Violence; and Telephone Harassment, Domestic Violence.

Diaz was identified the victim as the individual, who allegedly sexually assaulted her.

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

Florida Man Drowns at Trunk Bay Beach

ST. JOHN, USVI – On January 4 at about 5:38 p.m., officers were dispatched to Trunk Bay Beach in reference to a possible drowning. Emergency Medical Technicians performed CPR on a Caucasian male and concluded he was deceased. The victim was identified by family members as 47-year-old Nathaniel Outcalt of Venice, Florida.

Police were told that Outcalt, who was on vacation, went snorkeling with his family. After a short period of snorkeling, a family member noticed Outcalt floating motionless in the water, swam out, and pulled him to shore. 911 was called as bystanders assisted with CPR until emergency response team arrived.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. VIPD Tourism officers and officials from the VI Department of Tourism are working with the victim’s family to assist them during this time.

 

Stabbing Incident at Sunny Isle Shopping Center Under Investigation

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 3 at approximately 3:15 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Wendy’s fast food restaurant at the Sunny Isle Shopping Center in reference to an assault.

Investigation revealed a young Hispanic male, identified as 21-year-old Andres Ponce, Jr. of Bethlehem Village, approached an older Hispanic man from behind and stabbed him several times in the shoulder and back. The attack was stopped by a family member of Ponce who was with him. Ponce was detained by an off-duty police officer who was nearby. The victim left the restaurant and was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center for treatment.

Ponce, who is reported to suffer from mental illness, was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Assault and Carrying or Using a Dangerous Weapon During the Commission of a Crime of Violence. He was unable to post $25,000 bail and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Search for Carjacking Suspect on St. Croix

ST. CROIX, USVI – On January 2 at roughly 6:19 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a reported carjacking at Altona Lagoon.

The victim reported while sitting in his Ford F-150 truck near the Lagoon area, an armed male approached his vehicle. At gunpoint, the victim was ordered out of his vehicle, to which he complied. The suspect left the area in the stolen vehicle. Officers observed the stolen vehicle headed westbound and engaged in a pursuit to capture the suspect. The suspect led officers on a chase to the Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort, where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, headed north into the bushes. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect, still at-large, is described a tall, slim male with a dark complexion. He was wearing a red shirt, black pants, and face was covered with a scarf.

Police are asking anyone who has information about this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477, where you can get a reward for your information.

Police Arrest Men for Celebratory Gunfire and Firearm Possession

US VIRGIN ISLANDS – On December 31, 2020, police officers and other law enforcement personnel across the territory participated in Operation Eagle Eye, to address the illegal discharge of gunfire to bring in the New Year. Officers aggressively pursued residents who shot guns into the air, despite recent advisories by the VIPD against doing so. At a press brief on St. Thomas on Friday, VIPD leadership displayed several firearms that were confiscated from residents who engaged in illegal possession and discharge of firearms. Police Commissioner Velinor praised officers for their efforts. “They went towards the illegal activity. They did not run from it,” Velinor said. The operation was planned for several months. Officers were embedded into several communities, some officers were assigned to static visible positions, and other officers were in mobile units.

Police Chief Steven Phillip of the St. Thomas/ St. John district denounced the act of illegal gunfire, as he stated, “We have elderly individuals who wanted to go to church and had to hear these gunshots. That should not happen.” St. Croix Police Chief Sidney Elskoe commended the assertive engagement of his officers, stating, “Our officers recognize that our community deserves peace while embracing the new year.”

Among those arrested in the operation on St. Thomas was Jamari Forde, age 29 of Tutu Valley; Shomari Maximea, age 28 of Habetts Gade; and Trevor Martin, age 49 of Michael J. Kirwan Terrace.

On St. Croix, police arrested Dejani J. Sweeney, age 23 of Estate Glynn; 23-year-old Elvis M. Villar of Orange Grove; 27-year-old Cylton Grouby of Golden Grove; and Eustace E. Charles Jr., age 19 of Williams Delight.

Operation Eagle Eye resulted in the seizure of 17 firearms, to include high powered rifles and hand guns. Officers detained 16 individuals during the operation, resulting in 8 arrests. Criminal charges include illegal possession of firearms, public endangerment, and illegal discharge of firearm.

 

Police Investigating Homicide in Frederiksted

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 27 at around 6:01 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received calls of shots fired on Fisher Street, Frederiksted, at the Fish Market. Officers traveled to the area and found an adult Black male on the ground with gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital via ambulance, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified by next of kin as 25-year-old Jahmandi Simon.

Detectives are appealing to anyone who saw what happened to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477. Your information can be what is needed to bring those responsible to justice.

Two Injured in Shooting Incident in Charlotte Amalie

December 20, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 20 at roughly 1:12 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center in reference to two gunshot victims.

The victims both reported that they were in the area of Gamble Gade in downtown Charlotte Amalie when they heard popping sounds, then realized they had been shot. The victims said they had no knowledge of who may have shot them. They each received treatment for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Anyone who may have seen something is asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5579 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where your information can earn you a reward.

Man Wanted for Reckless Endangerment Arrested

December 20, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 18 at around 7:48 p.m., 37-year-old Tony Elizee of Mount Pleasant West turned himself in to police, pursuant to an outstanding arrest warrant for 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.

Elizee and his girlfriend, 34-year-old Michelle Wakefield of Estate Cane Carlton, are accused of discharging a firearm at individuals in the neighborhood where he lives, which resulted in damages to homes.

Bail for Elizee 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.

 

Police Investigating Assault and Reckless Endangerment in Hospital Ground

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 16 at approximately 9:25 p.m., an adult female reported to police that she was the victim of an assault.

The victim reported that at around 8:37 p.m., she was getting into her vehicle on Bjerge Gade in Hospital Ground when an unknown Black male pulled his vehicle directly behind her and proceeded to honk his car horn. The victim stated that she motioned to the male to wait, at which point the suspect then exited his vehicle, approached the victim in her car, and hit her in the face with his fist. The suspect then allegedly drew a firearm and discharged several shots in the air. The suspect then left the area in his vehicle.

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. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Man Arrested in Domestic Violence Incident

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 14 at roughly 5:54 a.m., police arrested 35-year-old Christopher Carter of Coral Princesse Condominiums, charging him with 1st Degree Assault, Domestic Violence; 1st Degree Robbery; and Larceny.

The female victim reported that on at about 12:41 that morning, Carter assaulted her, taking her mobile phone and cash. The victim sustained injuries as a result.

Carter was not offered bail in accordance with the territory’s domestic violence statutes. He was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St.Thomas Man Arrested in Stabbing Incident

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 8 at roughly 6 p.m., Joseph Lee, age 32 of Paul M. Pearson Gardens, turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted. He was subsequently arrested, charged with 3rd Degree Assault, Disturbance of the Peace, Simple Assault, and Aggravated Assault & Battery.

Lee was identified as the individual who stabbed the victim during a physical altercation at a business in Estate Thomas on November 22. Lee was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections after failing to post $25,000 bail.

Steven Phillip, St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island District Chief of Police, thanked the many citizens who shared the wanted poster that was posted on the VIPD’s social media accounts. “It was due to the sharing of the posts that the suspect learned that he was wanted, and he did the right thing and turned himself in. Let’s continue to work together, the community and the Department, to achieve our goal of safety in the Virgin Islands,” Chief Phillip said. He encourages everyone who has information on crimes to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Grove Place Man Charged with Contempt of Court

ST. CROIX, USVI – Detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit arrested 43-year-old Miguel Diaz of Grove Place on December 9 at around 2:12 a.m. He was charged with Contempt of Court.

Diaz violated his restraining order by making contact with the victim at her residence.

Diaz 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.

Lindbergh Bay Man Arrested for Brandishing Unlicensed Firearm

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On December 5, around 9:05 a.m., 46-year-old Laron Murrain of Lindbergh Bay was arrested, charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Brandishing or Exhibiting a Firearm.

The preliminary investigation revealed Murrain allegedly pointed a firearm at a man, during a verbal altercation at a store in Lindbergh Bay, on November 28.

Bail for Murrain 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.

Detectives are asking anyone with additional information regarding this incident to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222- TIPS, where you can get a reward for your tip.

St. Croix Woman Arrested on Warrant for Cyber Harassment

ST. CROIX, USVI – On December 4 at roughly 4:43 p.m., detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit arrested Sharron Lopez, age 35 of Louis E. Brown Villas, on a warrant, charging her with Harassment by Telephone, Telegraph, or Written Communication and Cyber Stalking & Cyber Harassment.

Lopez is accused of creating over 200 telephone numbers through an online text message application to threaten and harass several persons, including minors.

Bail for Lopez 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.

One Dead, One Injured in Shooting Near Estate Whim

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 30 at roughly 1:19 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired and someone calling for help on Queen Mary Highway, near Estate Whim.

Officers traveled to the area and discovered an unresponsive Black male and a wounded Caucasian male, both suffering from gunshot wounds.

The Caucasian male was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center for treatment, where he was listed in stable condition. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the Black male, subsequently identified as Jakari Charles, did not have any vital signs.

Jakari Charles is believed to be in his thirties, whose last known address is in Williams Delight. Investigation continues in this matter.

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

Castle Coakley Man Arrested for Firearm Possession

November 22, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 21 at roughly 1:32 a.m., police arrested Toby Derima II, age 29 of Castle Coakley, charging him with Carrying of a Firearm, Openly or Concealed.

Officers conducted a search of a vehicle driven by Derima in the Castle Coakley area. During the search, a firearm was discovered. A check of the VIPD’s Firearms Bureau records confirmed that Derima does not possess a license to carry a firearm in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Consequently, Derima was placed under arrest and was subsequently released pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

TWO COLUMBIANS SENTENCED FOR SMUGGLING 1,535 KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE ONBOARD A SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE VESSEL

November 19, 2020

St. Thomas, USVI – Columbian natives Freddy Montano Paz, 30, and Mariano Abregon, 33, were both sentenced before District Judge Robert A. Molloy to 60 months of incarceration on their convictions on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,535 kilograms, United States Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced today. Judge Molloy also sentenced Montano Paz and Abregon to five years of supervised release, removal from the United States after serving their sentences, and $100 each for special assessments.

According to court records, on May 10, 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON sighted a self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel in international waters approximately 250 nautical miles Northwest of Esmeraldas, Ecuador. The semi-submercible was navigating on a westerly course in a known drug smuggling area, and displayed no indicia of nationality nor markings, or navigation lights. More than eighty (80%) percent of the vessel was under the waterline. As they approached the semi-submersible, U.S. Coast Guard crew members observed its occupants throwing objects overboard. Four individuals onboard the semi-submersible were later identified as Freddy Montano Paz, Mariano Abregon, Calixto Tumbaco, and Hector Hernandez Saucedo. After recovering the jettisoned packages, U.S. Coast Guard crew members conducted an inspection of the vessel and recovered 40 bales which contained 1,535 kilograms of cocaine. Both Montano Paz and Abregon pleaded guilty to the conspiracy.

ST. CROIX NATIVE WHO FLED AFTER A ST. CROIX TRAFFIC STOP PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE

November 13, 2020

St. Thomas, USVI – Malachi Benjamin, 25, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced today. Benjamin remains detained on separate drug conspiracy charges. His sentencing date will occur at a later date.

According to court records, on June 14, 2018, Virgin Islands Police Department (“VIPD”) officers conducted a traffic stop in Upper Love, Frederiksted, of a vehicle operated by Glenn David with Benjamin in the front passenger seat. After the traffic stop, officers approached Benjamin to advise him that he was a person of interest in recent double homicide on St. Croix, and Benjamin responded by immediately fleeing the scene on foot.

After Benjamin fled the scene, David, the driver and owner of the vehicle, granted officers permission to search his vehicle. A forensic team of VIPD officers later recovered three pre-packaged baggies of suspected cocaine hidden inside of a Pepperidge Farm container. The suspected cocaine weighed approximately 2 ounces and was recovered from the passenger side floor of the vehicle where Benjamin had been seated. A field test of the contents of the baggies yielded a positive test result for cocaine.

The forensic team also collected buccal swabs from cocaine baggies hidden inside of the Pepperidge Farm container and submitted the swabs for DNA analysis. When compared with DNA previously collected from Benjamin, a DNA laboratory confirmed that Benjamin was the source of DNA collected from the cocaine wrappings.

St. Croix Man Arrested for Passing Counterfeit Check

November 11, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 9 at around 1:42 p.m., detectives of the VIPD Economic Crimes Unit arrested Andrew Thomas, age 23 of Carib Villas, charging him with Grand Larceny, Identity Theft, and Passing Forged Bills or Notes.

Thomas allegedly passed a counterfeit check in the amount of $2,321.27 at Bank of St. Croix using the account information from a business, in which he was not employed.

Bail for Thomas was set at $20,000. He posted 10% of bail and was released pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Arrested Man Suspected Being Involved in Four Winds Shooting Arrested

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On November 6 at around 1:45 p.m., police arrested 22-year old T’Quani Registe of Oswald Harris Court on an arrest warrant issued by the Superior Court. He was charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm within 1,000 feet of a School, and Unauthorized Possession of Ammunition.  

Registe was observed on video surveillance discharging a firearm in the Four Winds Plaza area on October 24 during an incident that claimed the life of Joseph Andrews, age 29.

Bail for Registe 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. Thomas/St. John/Water Island District Chief of Police Steven Phillip acknowledged the work of the detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, led by Lieutenant Shelly-Ann Cannonier, in securing the warrant for this arrest. “Our detectives are still hard at work on this case, working to bring all the suspects to justice,” Chief Phillip said.

Phillips urges members of the community who have information regarding this incident to assist police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9830, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Bomani K. Christian Killed on St. Croix Sunday Afternoon

ST. CROIX, USVI – On November 1 at roughly 2:28 p.m., officers responded to a reported gunshot victim at a residence in Catherine’s Hope, Christiansted. Upon arrival officers discovered an unresponsive, Black male who was shot in the back.

Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded the male had no signs of life. The victim was identified as Bomani K. Christian.

The investigation into this incident revealed Christian was assaulted by two, unidentified, Black males who left the area in a dark maroon SUV.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe condemned this incident, stating, “As a community, we cannot allow this to keep happening. If you know who did this, do the right thing and let us know so we can bring these individuals to justice.”

He asks anyone with information to the incident to call police at 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.

19 Year-Old Shot Dead in Estate Concordia

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 31 at about 8:20 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots being fired in Concordia West.

Investigation into the matter revealed a dark-colored car drove up in the Concordia Manor neighborhood and fired shots, striking a Hispanic male victim. He was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center by private vehicle for treatment, but later died from his injuries. The victim was identified by next of kin as 19-year-old Nathaniel Felix.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe expressed, “We have yet another family mourning the loss of a loved one. As I said before, we must come together as a community to say, ‘No more,’ to senseless gun violence.” He encouraged anyone with information in this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm Arrest

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 27 at roughly 4:49 p.m., officers of Phase 2 the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative arrested 37-year-old Corey Hunt of Estate Tutu, charging him with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Hunt on Emile “Milo” Francis Drive. During the course of the traffic stop, he was found in possession of an illegal firearm, and was placed under arrest as a result.

St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island Police Chief Steven Phillip praised the officers of the initiative for the discovery of the firearm and the resulting arrest. “We will continue to be proactive in reducing gun violence by finding illegal guns,” Chief Phillip stated.

He urges the community to call the VIPD with information on crime by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477. Remember, if you see something, say something.

St. Thomas Man Arrested in Smith Bay Shooting

October 25, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 24 at roughly 2:34 p.m., police arrested 36-year-old Omarie Smith of Smith Bay, charging him with 1st Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Smith was positively identified as the individual who fired shots at a man in front of an establishment in Smith Bay earlier that day, injuring the victim.

Bail for Smith 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.

St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island District Chief of Police Steven Phillip denounced this shooting incident, and commended officers and detectives for their work in swiftly locating the suspect. He again called for an end to gun violence in the territory.

“We must find a better way to solve disputes. Using firearms can be devastating for you and others,” Chief Phillip said.

He encouraged members of the community to continue contacting the VIPD with tips by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something

Estate Morning Star Home Burglarized & Set on Fire

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 23 at about 10:45 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of burglary and arson that occurred in Estate Morningstar.

Investigation revealed the dwelling was broken into, ransacked, and set ablaze while the occupants were not home. Firefighters from the Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS) traveled to the scene and extinguished the fire.

The occupants stated the home’s entrances were secured before leaving during the afternoon. The evidence of an accelerant used during the incident led VIFS Inspectors to classify the fire as an arson.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked 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.

Two Arrested in Child Abuse Incident

October 24, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 23 at roughly 6:43 p.m., police arrested Raymond Joseph, age 52 of Canebrake Apartments, charging him with Child Abuse, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Mayhem, 1st Degree Assault, and Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect. Joseph admitted to burning two minors with a hot object.

Police also arrested 26-year-old Charna Goodings, also of Canebrake Apartments, charging her with Child Abuse, Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect, Simple Assault and Battery, Mayhem as Principal, and 1st Degree Assault as Principal. Goodings allegedly refused to seek medical attention for the minors after learning of the abuse by Joseph.

The minors were transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center for treatment of 1st and 2nd degree burns to their bodies. No bail was set for Joseph and Goodings.

They were both turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings

Family Dispute Leads to Arrest

October 23, 2020.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 22 at roughly 11 a.m., police arrested 18-year-old Josiah Keels of La Grande Princesse, charging him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence; 2nd Degree Burglary, Domestic Violence; and Damage to Property, Domestic Violence.

Keels assaulted a relative and damaged property of another family member during a disagreement.

No bail was set for Keels as per the territory’s domestic violence statues. He was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Two St. Thomas Men Arrested for Firearm Possession

October 19, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 17 at roughly 9:01 p.m., police arrested 21-year-old Shaquani Milliner of Bovoni Housing and 20-year-old Taharqa Wade of Thomasville, charging them with Constructive Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Officers of the Special Operations Bureau conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Veteran’s Drive. During the course of the traffic stop, a firearm and ammunition were found in the vehicle. Milliner and Wade were arrested as a result, and a 16-year-old male who was also in the vehicle was taken into protective custody.

Bail for Milliner and Wade was set at $50,000 each, and the men, unable to post bond, were remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island Chief of Police Steven Phillip praised the officers for taking another firearm off the streets. “Our officers will keep doing everything in our power to confiscate unlicensed firearms on our islands,” Chief Phillip said.

He encouraged members of the community to keep giving the VIPD information to help solve open cases. Persons with information are urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Two Men Arrested for Firearm Possession on STT

October 18, 2020

St. Thomas, USVI – On October 17 at around 5:32 p.m., police arrested Mallek Ilarraza, age 23 and Omarion Francis, age 18, both of Estate La Grange, St. Croix, charging them with Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Reckless Endangerment, Constructive Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and Possession of Ammunition.

Ilarraza and Francis were alleged victims of an attempted robbery that occurred at the Emerald Beach Resort on October 16. During the course of the investigation into the incident, officers recovered a firearm. It was discovered that the recovered firearm was stolen and was possessed by Ilarraza and Francis, which resulted in their arrests.

Detectives continue to urge 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.  

Vehicular Accident on St. Croix's East End Road Results in DUI Arrest

October 17, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 17 at around 1:39 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of an auto accident on the East End Road, just east of the D. C. Canegata Ballpark. Officers traveled to the area and found that three vehicles were involved in a collision.

Investigation revealed that a silver Range Rover was traveling eastward on the East End Road when it collided with a blue Ford Explorer that came out of the shopping area across from the ballpark, attempting to make a right turn to head west. The impact on the Ford Explorer cause the vehicle to overturn and collide with a white Lexus GS-350 in the area. All three vehicles received heavy damages from the incident.

The driver of the Range Rover, identified as 44-year-old Marlon R. Richardson of Tide Village, appeared to be inebriated to officers on the scene, so the field sobriety tests were administered, which he failed. He was subsequently placed under arrest, charged with Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Liquor. He was released after posting $1,000 bail, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

The driver of the Lexus GS-350 was trapped in his vehicle as a result of the accident. He was extricated from the vehicle by St. Croix Rescue and transported the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the Ford Explorer sustained major injuries in the accident. He was also transported to the hospital via ambulance for treatment, and was scheduled to be flown off-island for further treatment.

The investigation into this vehicle accident continues.

St. Thomas Man Arrested for Sending WhatsApp Video without Consent

October 6, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On October 5 at roughly 7:15 p.m., detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit arrested Elmo D. Roebuck, Jr., age 55 of Plantation Manor, on an arrest warrant, charging him with Obscene and Indecent Conduct.

Roebuck allegedly disseminated an inappropriate video of an adult female, without her knowledge or consent, to several individuals in a group text message via WhatsApp on June 30.

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

Former Hardware Store Employee Charged with Embezzlement

October 6, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – Detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit arrested 42-year-old Gillian Harris. She was charged with Embezzlement by Clerks, Agents, Employees, Etc. and Petit Larceny.

Harris, who was employed as a cashier at The Home Depot, is accused of allowing a customer to exit the store with unpaid items on December 26, 2019.

Harris was unable to post $75,000 and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Man Assaulted in Contant, Suspect in Custody

October 6, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – At approximately 7 a.m. on October 4, officers were dispatched to Contant, where a male was found with a laceration to the throat. The victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment of his injury. The victim identified Allen “Buckwheat” Samuel as the individual who assaulted him.

On October 4 at approximately 5:09 p.m., police apprehended Samuel, age 46 of Estate Altona. He was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Assault and Use of a Dangerous Weapon.

Samuel was taken into custody and bail was set at $75,000. Samuel was unable to post bail, and was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

“Sgt. Dwight Griffith of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and his team followed up on citizens’ tips on the whereabouts of the subject who was found later that day. Community members are taking action and helping us to be a safer community,” stated Chief Steven Philip of the VIPD St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island District.

Security Guard Accidentally shoots Himself in the Foot

October 5, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 4 at around 9:26 a.m., police were dispatched to a residence in Estate St. Georges in reference to an apparent gunshot victim.

Officers traveled to the residence and made contact with an adult Black male who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. The man, the owner of a security company, stated he was unloading his firearms to secure them when the firearm he was handling accidentally went off, striking him in the leg. The victim was transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital and Medical Center via ambulance for treatment.

This case is currently under investigation. Police are urging 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 Charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretenses

October 2, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On October 1 at approximately 12:07 a.m., detectives from the Virgin Islands Police Department’s Economic Crimes Unit executed an arrest warrant and arrested Shanica Prosper, age 26 of Paradise Mills, charging her with Obtaining Money by False Pretenses and Grand Larceny. The investigation revealed on August 21 and 22, 2019, Prosper electronically deposited checks into her checking account. On August 29, 2019, she then cashed the previously deposited checks at a local store.

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

Animal Cruelty Incident Investigated

October 2, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On September 27, the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator received a report regarding a possible animal cruelty video that was posted on Facebook.

The video shows a male individual forcibly introducing what appears to be marijuana smoke to a cat. The forced ingestion seemed to cause partial paralysis and instability to the cat. The video depicts a shirtless male individual wearing a gold pendant, light color jeans, and checkered black-and-white slippers. He has a light brown complexion and wears his hair in an afro.

A second individual is seen holding the cat during the incident. The individual has tattoos on his forearm. VIPD needs the assistance from the public in identifying the individuals seen on the video, and where this act could have been committed.

Everyone with information is urged to call 911, the Animal Cruelty Investigator at (340) 778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.