Two Of The Four Suspects Connected To The East End Carjacking Rape Are Lovers … And Burglars Of The Heart
STYLIN’ ACCUSED RAPIST: Youan Rodriguez
CHRISTIANSTED — Two of the St. Croix people who were not charged with more serious offenses of kidnapping and rape in the East End carjacking rape case — were just along for the ride — because they are lovers (and alleged burglars) despite their 31-year age difference, according to members of their families.
At a press conference from Police Headquarters in Mars Hill on Friday afternoon, Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. credited the diligent investigative work of federal authorities for the information that led to the arrests of three men and one woman.
“I can say today that we have brought some closure to this investigation,” Richards said.
Richards said that Youan Rodriquez, 22, was arrested for first-degree rape, kidnap for rape, third-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.
On May 19, 2017 Link Baltimore, Jr., 18, was arrested and charged with first-degree rape, kidnap for rape, third-degree burglary, unauthorized possession of a stolen vehicle and first-degree robbery.
Rodriguez and Baltimore were arrested for the incident that took place on May 6, 2017 in which two women were purposely struck from behind with another vehicle to facilitate a carjacking and rape on the East End Road of St. Croix.
Additional arrests were made for a burglary related to the carjacking where property was taken.
Carl Cornelius 19-year-old was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property late Thursday after a search warrant was executed at his home and items were recovered that were during the burglary in Estate Annaly
Bethzaida Berrios 50-year-old was arrested and charged late Thursday with possession of stolen property after a search warrant was executed at her residence and property stolen from Estate Annaly was recovered.
Richards said that the primary suspects involved in the rape incident had not only stolen the white truck to commit the crime, but they had also stolen multiple items from the burglary victim’s residence.
The primary suspects were also connected to other burglaries, the commissioner said. The two suspects who were charged with possession of stolen property — the 19-year-old and 50-year-old — hid the stolen items, he said.
Asked whether the suspects were involved in Monday’s attempted gunpoint carjacking on Scenic Road West that had similar characteristics to the East End carjacking rape, Richards said that he could not say for sure, but would not rule out that possibility.
Richards also thanked “our Federal partners, Crime Stoppers VI and especially the Citizens of this community whose contribution was critical in providing numerous tips for solving this case.”
The commissioner said he was also grateful to “St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande and the units under his command who worked tirelessly to bring this case to a successful conclusion.”
If you have any information on any crime in the territory call the Criminal investigation Bureau immediately at (340) 778-2211, on St. Croix or (340) 774-2211 St. Thomas, or the anonymous tipline Crimestoppers USVI 1-800-222-8477 or 911. Crime Stoppers VI, anonymous tip line pays over $2,500.00 with information provided leading to an arrest.
ACCUSED RAPIST: Link Baltimore, Jr.