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Robbers Interested In More Than Just Graves At Western Cemetary In St. Thomas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On Friday, February 3, 2017, at roughly 8:36 p.m., officers traveled to the area of the Western Cemetery after a citizen reported an attempted robbery, police said.

The Investigation Units traveled to the area of Petrus Gas where they made contact with the victim who explained that while driving an individual in the area of Altona and Welgunst, he stopped his vehicle and was approached by a gunman who pointed a firearm to his head and demanded his money, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

He then explained that he drove southward onto Veterans Drive and was able to escape the mugger. The victim also told police that he heard shots fired while driving away which caused damage to his vehicle. The victim concluded by stating that once he felt safe, he was able to contact the 911 Emergency Call Center for assistance.

Anyone having any information about this crime may contact the VIPD at (340) 774-2211 or Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801. You can also contact Crimestoppers VI at 1 (800) 222-8477 or 911.

 The case is under active investigation by Criminal Investigation Bureau, police said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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