CONSPIRACY DEEPENS! Feds Arrest V.I. Justice Department ‘Death Investigator’ Troy Titley For His Connection To Shotgun Robbery of Lockhart Gardens McDonald’s
V.I. AG CLAUDE WALKER: Accused Troy Titley formerly worked for the V.I. Department of Justice.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man who claimed on social media that he is a “Virgin Islands … police officer” was arraigned on federal charges that he aided four men and one boy in a shotgun robbery of a fast food restaurant in late March. But a V.I. Free Press reader said the so-called police officer is actually an agent of local Attorney General Claude Walker’s checkered V.I. Department of Justice.
Troy Titley, 36, of St. Thomas made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged by indictment with Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and conspiracy to possess a firearm during a crime of violence, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.
Titley, who was detained pending a detention hearing on May 22, 2017, also has been charged under Virgin Islands law with possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm in a public housing zone, according to Hewlett.
Four other men charged in the robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant on March 25, 2017 at the Lockhart Shopping Center on St. Thomas made their initial appearances before Judge Miller on April 26, 2017.
The four men are Hanselo Recio, Betel Paulino, Junior Feliz and Helwood Paris. According to LinkedIn!, A “Troy Titley” has dubbed himself a “Police Officer/Forensic Agent/Death Investigator at Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
But a reader of the Virgin Islands Free Press disputed what Titley wrote himself on social media, saying that Claude Walker’s death inspector should not have referred to himself as a “Virgin Islands government … police officer” on LinkedIn!
“Troy Tittley was NEVER employed with the VIPD,” James Hurzt said. “He was employed by the Department of Justice namely the hospital pathology department. I know this because of a family member who works at the hospital.”
In an official Virgin Islands government autopsy report, Juan de Dios, 18, of the Dominican Republic was accused by local forensics “experts” of having shot himself to death with his own shotgun during the robbery, even though police and other authorities exchanged gunfire with him during the act of the robbery. A police press conference three days after the incident discounted the possibility of the robber having intentionally killed himself during the robbery.
If convicted, Titley faces up to 20 years in prison on the Hobbs Act robbery and local robbery charges; a mandatory 10 year consecutive sentence for the federal possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and 15 and 30 year sentences on the territorial firearm charges.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and VIPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo Sprotte.
Hewlett said that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.
“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.