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Another Attempted Gunpoint Hijacking On St. Croix’s Roadways … This One Near Scenic Road West … VIPD Waits Two Days Before Informing The Public

SALT RIVER MARINA: Police received a report from this North Shore location that shots had been fired.

CHRISTIANSTED — Police say a man who covered his face with a white t-shirt and bandana attempted to hijack a couple at gunpoint near Scenic Road West — but was unsuccessful thanks to quick thinking on the part of the driver under attack.

On May 15, 2017, at about 10:19 p.m. the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers from Francis Command to the Salt River Marina in reference to a report of discharging of shots, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Upon officers arrival at the scene officers made contact with an individual who stated that he and his girlfriend were out having dinner in the nearby Estate La Grande Princess area, according to the VIPD.

After dinner they were traveling on Salt River in the vicinity of Scenic West Road intersection, when they observed what appeared to be a red Chevy S-10 pickup truck with a cab following them.

Suddenly, the truck overtook their vehicle cutting in front of them and blocking their way, the couple told police.

The man said that an unknown man with a white t-shirt and bandana over his face came over to the passenger side of the red pickup truck and then walked around the rear of the red pickup truck and finally to the driver’s side of his vehicle pointing a gun at his vehicle.

The man immediately put his car in reverse and drove off and the masked man discharged one shot at his vehicle.

The man who said he was under attack then drove to an establishment in the vicinity of Cane Bay where he called 911.

No one was injured during the incident and this case remains under investigation.

To hear how VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte characterized this incident in an official press release press play below:

A successful carjacking rape took place on the East End the eve of the St. Croix Half Ironman competition, but the VIPD waited nearly three days to report the incident to the general public (see story below).

In this most recent case, the police department waited two days before allowing the public to know that it had happened.

If you have any information on this incident or any other call the Criminal investigation Bureau immediately at (340) 778-2211, or the anonymous tipline Crimestoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

The VIPD advised the motoring public while driving, if the vehicle behind you starts hitting your vehicle from behind or keeps following you; drive to a highly-lit populated area and call 911, or travel to the closest police station.

Try to get information on the type of vehicle and a description of the driver if possible, police said.

STOCK PHOTO: An example of what a red Chevy S-10 pickup truck with a cab looks like.

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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