St. Croix Man Charged with Aggravated Rape

2/4/2022

ST. CROIX, USVI – On February 4, at 10:07 a.m., detectives of the VIPD Criminal Investigation Bureau executed an arrest warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, arresting Lyndon Tyson, age 40 of La Grande Princesse. He was charged with 1st Degree Aggravated Rape.

Tyson allegedly sexually abused a minor child on several occasions.

Tyson was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections after failing to post $150,000 bail, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Two Injured in Shooting Incidents in Estate Tutu

June 29, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 28, at roughly 7:31 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired and a man down in Estate Tutu, in the vicinity of Fosters Plaza. Officers arrived at the area and found a Black male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The 43-year- old victim was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment. The victim reported he was approached by two masked men, who shot at him as he was sitting in the area. The men fled the area on foot.

At 7:58 p.m., officers were dispatched back to the Schneider Regional Medical Center in reference to a second gunshot victim, who was brought in via private vehicle. The 25-year-old victim reported he was also in the vicinity of Fosters Plaza when he was approached by three males wearing masks and dressed in all black. He stated as the males attempted to rob him of his jewelry, he suffered a gunshot wound.

These incidents are under investigation. Anyone with information that can assist detectives solve these crimes is urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Two Arrested in December 2020 Marley Homes Shooting

June 27, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 25, at approximately 12:56 p.m., officers of the VIPD Criminal Investigation and Special Operations Bureaus arrested 26-year-old Charles Frazer, Jr. of Campo Rico, and at approximately 4:51 p.m., arrested Ian Benjamin, Jr. on warrants issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Both men were charged with 1st Degree Attempted Murder.

Frazer and Benjamin were arrested in connection with a shooting incident that occurred at Marley Homes in downtown Frederiksted on December 22, 2020. Bail for Frazer and Benjamin was set at $100,000 each. Unable to post bail, both men were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Sidney Elskoe, St. Croix District Chief of Police, commended the work of detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, led by Commander Lieutenant Naomi Joseph and Assistant Commander Lieutenant Marisol Colon, for the tenacity in investigating this incident. “The detectives’ continued hard work led to these arrests,” Chief Elskoe said. He encourages the community to contact police with tips by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Police Investigating Double Homicide in Smith Bay

June 20, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 18, at approximately 11:20 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was contacted by a concerned citizen who reported hearing multiple shots being fired and a male down in Smith Bay. Officers traveled to the scene and found two gunshot victims in the area.

The first male victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene checked the male for vitals and discovered that he did not have any signs of life. The male was identified by family members as 42-year-old Camille W. King, Jr.

The second male victim also suffered multiple gunshot wounds about his body. He was transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment, however he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. The identity of this victim is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

St. Thomas/St. John District Chief of Police Steven Phillip denounced this incident. “We need to stop the gun violence and get together to move forward together,” Chief Phillip said. He encourages the community 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.

St. Thomas Man Charged with Burglary and Kidnapping

June 15, 2021.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 13, Simon L. Rawlins, Jr., age 33 of Thomasville Apartments, turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted. He was subsequently arrested, charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Kidnapping, Simple Assault, Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, and Disturbance of the Peace.

Contact was made with the victim, an adult female, at the Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center on June 12. The victim stated that Rawlins, who is her boyfriend, found her at a friend’s residence and forced her into his truck at gunpoint. The victim stated that she managed to escape and approached officers to advise them of what happened.

Rawlins was jailed without bail, in accordance with the territory’s domestic violence laws, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Man Wanted for Parole Violation in Texas Arrested

June 15, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 12, at roughly 4:25 p.m., police arrested Michael Morgan, age 51 of Austin, Texas, charging him with being a Fugitive from Justice.

Officers were contacted by Customs and Border Patrol agents who held Morgan after discovering the state of Texas had a warrant for his arrest. Morgan is wanted for Parole Violation.

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, where your tip can earn you a reward.

Man Dies After Jumping Into Waterfront, Police Investigating

June 9, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 8, at approximately 3:51 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen that a male jumped into the Charlotte Amalie waterfront. The male was taken out of the water and transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment. Despite efforts from medical personnel to revive the male, he was pronounced dead at around 4:48 p.m. The male’s identity is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin

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. Remember, if you see something, say something.

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Driver in Brookman Road Hit-And-Run Turns Himself In

June 8, 2021.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On June 8, at approximately 3:25 p.m., 31-year-old Rafael A. Ledesma German of Nye Nordsidevej turned himself in to officers of the Traffic Investigation Bureau. He admitted being the driver of the maroon Acura that struck and killed 37-year-old Royson JnoBaptiste on Brookman Road on June 6. He was placed under arrest, charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Bail for Ledesma German was set at $7,500, which he could not post. He was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

June 8, 2021.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 7, at approximately 9:45 p.m., VIPD Domestic Violence Unit detectives arrested 23-year-old Kevin Nelson Soto of Williams Delight, charging him with 2nd Degree Assault, Domestic Violence; Simple Assault & Battery; and Destruction of Property.

At around 6:15 p.m. that day, detectives were dispatched to a residence in Estate Upper Love, where a female relative of Soto reported he strangled her during a disagreement. The female sustained visible injuries on her neck and shoulder.

Soto was jailed without bail, in accordance with Virgin Islands domestic violence statutes, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix Man Charged with Firearm Possession

June 7, 2021.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 4, at roughly 9:48 p.m., officers of the VIPD Special Operations Bureau and the Marine Unit arrested Shomari J. Ferrance, age 28 of no fixed address, charging him with Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed.

Officers were on foot patrols on the Christiansted Boardwalk when they caught the odor of marijuana being smoked. In investigating the odor, they encountered three men in the area. Further investigation led to the discovery of a firearm, which was claimed by Ferrance. Ferrance is not licensed to possess a firearm in the territory, and was placed under arrest as a result.

Bail for Ferrance was set at $50,000, 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.

Deceased Female Found in Estate St. John on St. Croix

June 1, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On June 1, at approximately 6:12 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen of a female down, in the vicinity of the Schjang Ballpark in Estate St. John. Officers traveled to the area and discovered an unresponsive, adult female located on the western shoulder of the road.

The female is believed to be in the range of 50 to 60 years old, light brown complexion, possibly Hispanic, medium built, approximately 5 feet 5 inches in height, with black and white hair. She was wearing short blue jeans, two shirts (one black and one white), black socks and black shoes. At this time, the cause of death and identification of the female is unknown.

Detectives are asking anyone who may know who this female is, or what may have happened to her, to contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

 

St. John Arson Suspect Turns Himself In

May 27, 2021

ST. JOHN, USVI – On May 26, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Steven A. Haluszka, age 57 of Quacco & Zimmerman, turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted. He was arrested, charged with 2nd Degree Arson.

On May 8, at about 5:45 a.m., a fire was reported at Caravan Auto Parts, located in Pine Peace. The Virgin Islands Fire Service was able to extinguish the fire before major damage occurred. Haluszka was observed on video surveillance and identified as the individual who caused the fire.

Bail for Haluszka was set at $35,000, 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.

Two STX Men Charged with Grand Larceny

May 27, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 26, at roughly 6:51 a.m., officers of the VIPD Criminal Investigation and Special Operations Bureaus arrested Omarion Francis, age 18 of La Grange. Shortly afterwards, 19-year-old Luis Navarro of Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion, an alleged co-conspirator, turned himself in to police. Both men were arrested on warrants issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, charged with Grand Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property.

Francis and Navarro were arrested regarding an incident that occurred at the Island Center for the Arts on March 24.

Bail for Francis and Navarro was set at $50,000 each. Neither of the men 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.

Missing St. Croix Man Found Deceased

May 25, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 24, 85-year-old Oswald A. Small was reported missing by family members. Small was observed driving his vehicle on surveillance video that morning around 9:15 a.m. near a residence in Estate Carlton. VIPD officers and members of the community conducted searches for Small with negative results.

At approximately 5 p.m. on May 25, officers responded to the report of a body in the water at Carlton Beach. The body of a Black male was removed from the water and confirmed not to have signs of life. The male was identified by next of kin as Oswald Small.

The cause of death is unknown at this time, pending an autopsy. The investigation into this incident continues. The VIPD thanks the members of the community for the assistance in this matter.

Police Investigating Midday Shooting in Sion Farm

May 21, 2021

ST CROIX, USVI – On May 21 at 11:55 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired near a residence in Sion Farm. Officers traveled to the location and found three Black males, including a minor, who sustained gunshot wounds. The victims were transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance for treatment. One of the victims, who was critically wounded, succumbed to his injuries a short time later at the hospital. He was identified by family members as 23-year-old David Semper of Anna’s Hope. The other two victims are listed in serious but fair condition.

The investigation into this incident revealed that the men were shot by a single assailant who approached the area on foot, who then fled the area in a waiting vehicle. Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance in providing any information regarding the vehicle suspect used to flee the area or any other information that may lead to the identification of the assailant and his accomplices.

Everyone who has information about this incident to are urged contact police by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where your tips can earn you cash.

Body Found in Crown Bay in December Identified as Man Reported Missing

May 19, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Police have identified the body that was discovered near a business in Crown Bay in mid-December 2020 as a man reported missing in late December 2020 by family members.

On December 15, 2020, at around 3:53 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Crown Bay on a report of a decomposed body that was discovered near a business. Officers observed a deceased person on the ground, dressed in all black, that appeared to be decomposed.

On December 29, 2020, 57-year-old Dexter A. Tronchin was reported missing by family members. Tronchin, a Black male with a dark complexion with short, black hair and brown eyes, standing around 6 feet 3 inches in height, and weighing approximately 180 pounds, was last seen on November 23, 2020.

On March 1, DNA was obtained from Tronchin’s family members and from the body found in Crown Bay and sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) laboratory for comparison. The FBI’s findings were submitted on May 18, confirming that the deceased body in Crown Bay was in fact Dexter Tronchin. There appears to be no signs of foul play.

St. Thomas Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

May 18, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 16, at roughly 12:25 p.m., detectives of the VIPD Domestic Violence Unit arrested 29-year-old Shemelle Isaac of Bergs Homes, charging him with Simple Assault, Domestic Violence and Damage to Property, Domestic Violence.

Isaac allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend during an argument.

Isaac was jailed without bail, in accordance with the territory’s domestic violence laws, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Anyone having additional information about this incident can notify the Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 774-2211 extension 5534.

Ten Persons Charged with Uploading Fraudulent Documents to Travel Portal

May 17, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On May 14, at approximately 11:30 a.m., officers of the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force arrested ten persons at the Cyril E. King Airport. Officers arrested Savonne Hunter, age 38 of Lindenhood, NJ; Chalayaa Downing, age 29 of New Jersey; Sashay Clegg, age 36 of Morrisville, PA; Laurie Downing, age 60 of New Jersey; Kim Clegg, age 61; Deanna Brittingham, age 34 of New Jersey; Albonte Collins, age 51 of Pennsylvania; Daisy Fregoni, age 54 of Morrisville, PA; Michael Clegg, age 30 of New Jersey, and Raheem Thompson, age 24 of New Jersey. All ten individuals were charged with Fraudulent Claims Upon the Government, Access to a Computer for Fraudulent Purposes, Use of False Information, and Filing or Recording Forged Instruments.

The ten individuals were arrested for submitting altered COVID-19 test results to the USVI Travel Portal.

Bail for all ten individuals was set at $5,500 each. They all posted 10% of the bail amount and were released, pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

VIPD and Federal Agents Arrest Three for Shooting Deaths in Aureo Diaz Heights

May 13, 2021

.ST. CROIX, USVI – On May 13, officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department, joined by federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Customs & Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), US Marshals Service, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force executed search and arrest warrants in the Aureo Diaz Heights housing community. Members of VIPD Special Operations Bureau from the St. Thomas – St. John District, along with specialized teams from HSI and the DEA traveled to St. Croix for the early morning operation. The warrants were issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands for the arrests of Gilberto Rivera, Jr., age 30, Luis A. Rivera, age 36, and Jameel Williams, age 27, all of the Aureo Diaz Heights housing community.

The three men were charged with 1st Degree Murder in the shooting deaths of 33-year-old Michael Ramos and 38-year old Juan Velasquez on April 19 in Aureo Diaz Heights. Bail for the three men were set at $1,000,000 each. Unable to post bail, the men were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending their Advice of Rights hearings.

Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. commended law enforcement on the operation and the arrests. “Our community is safer tonight thanks to the continued efforts of our VIPD to take violent offenders off our streets,” Governor Bryan said. I want to congratulate Commissioner Velinor for his leadership and thank our federal law enforcement partners for their support on this and other operations.”

Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor stated, “We are serious about fighting crime in our community. The men and women of the Virgin Islands Police Department worked diligently on this investigation, led by the Commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau Lieutenant Naomi Joseph. Our detectives worked painstakingly on this investigation which has resulted in the arrest of three individuals.” Velinor further stated, “officers will not retreat or surrender our community” to violent offenders.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe commended officers, federal agents, and military personnel who participated in the operation.

“The VIPD is committed to ridding our streets of those who victimize us with violence. We will continue to address such matters with all resources at our disposal. Federal law enforcement entities have pledged their support and have advised us they are only a phone call away,” Chief Elskoe said.

Detectives continue to urge 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.

STX Man Wanted by Economic Crime Unit

May 10, 2021.

ST. CROIX, USVI – The VIPD Economic Crime Unit has an arrest warrant for 28-year-old Keith Drigo, Jr. Drigo is a Black male, approximately 5 feet 6 inches in height, and weighs around 120 pounds. He is known to frequent the areas of Strawberry Hill, St. Croix and Altona and Welgunst, St. Thomas.

Drigo is accused of theft of a debit card, unlawfully using same without consent, and using the bank card at an ATM to withdraw money.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Keith Drigo, Jr., is urged to contact police by calling 911, the Economic Crime Unit at (340) 778-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

St. Thomas Man Reported Missing

May 7, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI - The VIPD St. Thomas / St. John District is asking for the community’s assistance in locating 76-year-old Warren A. Thomas. Thomas is a Black male, standing around 5 feet 8 inches in height, and weighs approximately 130 pounds. He has gray hair and beard, brown eyes, with a light brown complexion.

Thomas was last seen approximately one year ago in Emancipation Garden. He also frequented the bus stop outside of VITEMA.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Warren Thomas is urged to call 911 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211.

Estate Profit Man Charged with Attempted Murder

May 4, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – Police detectives arrested Hezekiah E. Thompson, age 18 of Estate Profit, on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. He was charged with 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 3rd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Carrying a Firearm Openly or Concealed, Unauthorized Possession of Ammunition, and Discharging or Aiming a Firearm.

Thompson is accused of firing several shots at an individual in the Clifton Hill area on February 16, 2020. Thompson was located and detained in Puerto Rico. VIPD detectives traveled to Puerto Rico to take Thompson into custody and return him to the territory to face the charges against him. Bail for Thompson was set at $250,000. He was unable to post bail, and was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Sidney Elskoe, St. Croix District Chief of Police, commended detectives for this arrest, and issued a notice to residents who flee the territory after committing crimes to avoid prosecution. “We have the resources and the tenacity to find suspects of crime, even if they leave the territory. Let this arrest be an example to everyone who thinks they can leave the Virgin Islands and get away. We will find you,” Chief Elskoe said.

Man Charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact

May 2, 2021


ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 30, at approximately 3:48 p.m., police detectives arrested Clement Heyliger, age 58 of Estate Rattan, on a warrant. He was charged with 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact, Simple Assault and Battery, Aggravated Assault, Disturbance of the Peace, and Intimidation.

The charges stem from a December 2020 incident at an establishment on St. Croix, where he inappropriately touched an adult female without her consent.

The charges stem from a December 2020 incident at an establishment on St. Croix, where he inappropriately touched an adult female without her consent.

Texas Woman Charged with Grand Larceny

May 2, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 30, at around 12:30 p.m., police arrested 54-year-old Jennifer A. Northcutt of Richardson, Texas, charging her with Grand Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property.

On April 29, employees of the Vibe Collection jewelry store in Cruz Bay, St. John noticed several pieces of jewelry were missing. Upon reviewing the store’s surveillance video, the employees observed Northcutt collecting various pieces of jewelry, valued in the thousands of dollars. Video footage captured her leaving the store without paying for the items. Law enforcement was contacted upon discovery.

Northcutt was detained by Customs & Border Protection officers on April 30 at the Cyril E. King Airport as she attempted to leave the territory. In a statement, she admitted to larceny and being in possession of the stolen items.

Bail for Northcutt was set at $20,000, which she was unable to post. She was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Police Investigating Homicide in Campo Rico

April 30, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 29, at around 4:42 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of a deceased male in the Campo Rico area. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive male victim with gunshot wounds. It was confirmed the victim had no vital signs.

The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Cesario Carmona Cadiz, Jr.

This incident is under active investigation. Detectives are asking nearby residents of Campo Rico who may have heard or seen something to contact police to say what they know by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force Arrests Three for Uploading Altered Tests

April 29, 2021.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Three persons were arrested on April 26 for uploading altered COVID-19 documents into the U.S. Virgin Islands Travel portal.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., officers of the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force arrested Douglas E. Miller, age 70, and Patricia A. Miller, age 68, both of Boulder, Colorado. In a separate arrest, Task Force officers arrested Kayla Miller, age 20 of Roseville, Michigan. All three were charged with Fraudulent Claims Upon the Government, Access to a Computer for Fraudulent Purposes, Use of False Information, and Filing or Recording Forged Instruments.

Bail for all three was set at $5,500 each. None of the individuals were able to post bail, and they were all turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending their Advice of Rights hearings

 

St. Croix Woman Charged after Depositing Fraudulent Check

April 29, 2021.

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 27, at approximately 6:21 p.m., detectives of the Economic Crime Unit executed an arrest warrant on Brittney Nicholas, age 21 of Louis E. Brown Villas, charging her with Obtaining Money by False Pretense, Passing Forged Bills or Notes, and Grand Larceny.

Nicholas is accused of depositing a fraudulent business check for more than $900 into her personal account.

Bail for Nicholas was set at $20,000, which she could not post. She was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

 

St. Croix Man Charged with Burglary

April 28, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 28, at approximately 8:08 a.m., police arrested 27-year old Enrique Velasquez of Paradise Mills on a warrant. He was charged with 1st Degree Burglary.

Velasquez allegedly entered an apartment in St. Croix Mutual Homes without permission and assaulted the occupants on January 28

Velasquez was jailed after failing to post $75,000 bail, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

Suspect Shot by Police Charged with Assault

April 27, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – 46-year-old Alex Louis Camsel of Estate Pastory, St. John was arrested immediately after his release from the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center on April 27, after receiving treatment for a gunshot wound. Camsel was shot by officers after he pointed a firearm at officers on April 23. Camsel is charged with two counts of 3rd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Damage to Vehicle.

Camsel is accused of assaulting a female victim by hitting her with a rock on April 23. The victim required medical attention at the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center for her injuries from the assault. Officers responding to the location of the assault observed Camsel in possession of a rifle. Camsel was shot by an officer when he pointed the rifle at officers.

Bail for Camsel 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 Officer-Involved Shooting Injures Man

April 25, 2021

ST. JOHN, USVI – The Virgin Islands Police Department is reporting an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred at approximately 8:44 a.m. in Estate Pastory on the island of St. John.

A female victim traveled to the Leander Jurgen Command police station in Cruz Bay to report that she was assaulted. The victim reported that she was in the Estate Pastory area, where she was threatened and assaulted by the suspect. The victim sustained injuries to the back of her head and hand as a result of rocks being tossed at her by the suspect. The victim was transported by officers to the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center for treatment of her injuries.

While transporting the victim to the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center, officers observed the suspect, identified as Alex Louis Camsel, age 46 of Estate Pastory, walking on Centerline Road with a rifle. Additional officers responded and located Camsel with the firearm. Officers approached Camsel, who pointed the rifle at officers as they attempted to engage him. The officers took evasive action, and an officer discharged a single round, striking Camsel. The officers immediately applied first aid, and Camsel was transported to the Keating Smith Community Health Center, then subsequently to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. He was listed in stable condition.

Camsel will be charged with 1st Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, and Damage to Vehicle. The investigation into this incident continues. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, extensions 5207 or 5640, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

St. Croix Men Charged with Possession of Unlicensed Firearms

April 22, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 22, at roughly 12:10 p.m., officers of the Special Operations Bureau and Marine Unit arrested Uhura B. George, age 24 of Estate Morningstar and Jomoi A. Weeks, age 26 of Castle Burke, charging them with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

Officers responding to reports of suspicious activity in the Halfpenny Beach area conducted a traffic stop of a black Honda Accord. During the course of the traffic stop, officers discovered two firearms inside of the vehicle. A subsequent check was made and neither of the men were licensed to carry firearms. George and Weeks, who were in the vehicle, were both placed under arrest as a result.

Bail for George and Weeks was set at $25,000 each. 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.

Man Charged with Domestic Violence Destruction of Property

April 22, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 21, at approximately 4:50 p.m., police arrested Paul Henry Campbell III, age 24 of Market Street, Frederiksted, charging him with Destruction of Property, Domestic Violence.

Campbell allegedly destroyed property at the residence of his former intimate partner.

Campbell 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.

Alabama Woman Arrested for Uploading Altered COVID-19 Test

April 22, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – Officers of the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force arrested 41-year-old Franketa A. Taylor of Birmingham, Alabama, charging her with Fraudulent Claims Upon the Government, Access to a Computer for Fraudulent Purposes, Use of False Information, and Filing or Recording Forged Instruments.

It was discovered that Taylor submitted an altered negative COVID-19 test result into the USVI Travel Portal.

Bail for Taylor was set at $5,500, which she was unable to post. She was turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Possible Drowning at Coki Point Beach Under Investigation

April 21, 2021.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On April 19, at approximately 2:02 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Coki Point Beach to a reported drowning.

Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive female on the beach. The female, later identified as 24-year-old Denielle Marie Lipkins, was transported via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center, where she was subsequently pronounced dead by the Emergency Room Physician.

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

St. Croix Man Arrested After Depositing Fraudulent Checks

 

April 19, 2021

ST. CROIX, USVI – On April 19, at roughly 10:35 a.m., detectives of the Economic Crime Unit arrested Kareem Edwards, age 38 of Estate Cane, on an arrest warrant, charging him with Obtaining Money by False Pretense and Grand Larceny.

Edwards is accused of depositing fraudulent checks, totaling more than $5,000, into his personal account, on February 25 and 26, 2020..

Bail for Edwards was set at $20,000, 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.

Texas Woman Arrested for Falsifying COVID-19 Test Result

April 17, 2021.

ST. THOMAS, USVI – 34-year-old Breanna K. Ward of Kingwood, TX, who is in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections on a Fugitive from Justice charge, was arrested again on April 16 by the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force, charged with Fraudulent Claims Upon the Government, Access to a Computer for Fraudulent Purposes, Use of False Information, and Filing or Recording Forged Instruments.

It was discovered that Ward altered her positive COVID-19 test result, changing it to negative, and uploaded the altered test into the Virgin Islands Travel Portal. Bail for Ward was set at $5,500, which she could not post. She was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending her Advice of Rights hearing.

Justa Encarnacion, Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Health, denounced Ward’s actions in altering her COVID-19 test results, allowing her to travel to the Virgin Islands while she was positive for COVID-19. “Choosing to fly while you are knowingly infectious for COVID-19 puts the lives of others at risk. This is a huge threat to public health and everything we do to protect our community. That is why the travel portal is in place. Uploading fraudulent results, or altering results in any way, shows a disregard for the well-being of others,” added Commissioner Encarnacion.

Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor expressed similar sentiments regarding the incident. “Ms. Ward unnecessarily exposed our officers, and countless other citizens, to this deadly virus. We are now forced to take officers off-line, placing them in quarantine status, affecting the Department’s operations. Hopefully, this arrest will discourage individuals from this irresponsible practice,” Commissioner Velinor said.