VIPD Captures Wanted Man Jamal Gould Less Than 24 Hours After Asking Public For Help In Finding Him
ARRESTED: Jamal Gould on St. Croix
FREDERIKSTED — A man who police wanted for questioning in connection with a brutal assault of a woman that took place one week ago has been captured by authorities.
Police Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and Special Operations Team (SOT) members found Jamal Gould at Lorraine Village in Grove Place about 7:05 p.m., the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.
Gould, 33, was arrested at the apartment complex and charged with third-degree assault-domestic violence, according to the VIPD.
Police issued a public statement and a photo of Gould on Tuesday and asked the public for help in locating him. About 19 hours after issuing the statement, the CIB and SOT officers successfully closed in on Gould.
On March 1, Gould allegedly punched his girlfriend several times in the face, kicked her when she was down on the ground and slammed her head to the floor when she was down as well, the VIPD said.
Gould’s girlfriend sustained visible wounds to her forehead from the assaults, according to police.
Bail for Gould was set at $25,000.00 as per chart. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center.
St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande said that he “has seen a rise in domestic violence and, is urging victims regardless of gender to avoid physical confrontation during misunderstandings.”
“The VIPD is actively pursuing all cases pertaining to domestic violence,” Chief McFarlande said.
McFarlande encouraged all people affected by violent crime in the home to call the VIPD Domestic Unit at (340) 778 2211 or the Victims’ Advocates office at (340) 643 0295.
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