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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: St. Croix’s Steven Matta II Arrested For Allegedly Raping, Punching His Girlfriend … And His Father Shot His Own Girlfriend To Death In 2005

   ARRESTED: Steven E. Matta II

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man who is accused of brutally raping, punching and slamming his girlfriend to the ground comes from a family with a history of domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Steven E. Matta II, 34, was arrested on first-degree rape-domestic violence charges in connection with an incident that happened on Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

But Matta’s father did him one better — Steven Matta Sr., 67, shot and killed his own girlfriend Aurelia Torres, 52, nearly 12 years ago, according to police records.

Matta Sr. of Mon Bijou was 45-years-old when he fatally shot Torres in the stomach at her Estate Whim house on June 19, 2005.

The father of Matta was convicted of second-degree murder in February of 2008 in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands for his role in what he called during his trial the “accidental” shooting of Torres.

On Friday March 31, Matta II, 34, was arrested and charged with first-degree rape–domestic violence, acccording to the VIPD.

About 11:16 p.m. on Thursday, the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report concerned citizens that they heard a woman screaming and crying out for help.

It took about four hours for police patrol officers to track Matta down at his residence. Once he was discovered there he was immediately detained and arrested about 4:36 a.m. on Friday, according to the VIPD.

The woman said that Matta, sexually assaulted her, punched her and slammed her to the ground, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Matta was processed at police headquarters and transported to the Golden Grove Detention Center, pending an advice of rights hearing.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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