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BVI Police Wing Wanted Dominican Fugitive In Tortola And Catch Him Near Butu Mountain … Where Are Our USVI Police?

SANTO FUGITIVE CAUGHT: Santo Yamarco Hernandez of Spring Ghut, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The Royal Virgin Islands Police force is doing a terrific job in Road Town, but what are the USVI police doing and where are they?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A Dominican Republic native who had been on the lam for at least three months was recaptured after Royal Virgin Islands Police shot him early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Santo Yamarco Hernandez, 38, was caught in the Butu Mountain area of Tortola after a police operation, BVI police said.

Hernandez was one of about 140 prisoners who simply walked out of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut after the walls were breached by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, according to police.

Police officers received intelligence that Hernandez that he was in the area of Butu Mountain when he aggressively engaged them, authorities said.

Hernandez of Spring Ghut was shot during the skirmish, detained and then brought to Peebles Hospital for treatment, police said.

On April 1, Hernandez was charged with the murder of Aliston Penn of East End. Penn was found in a pool of blood on March 10 in the Windy Hill area of Tortola.

TWO OF A KIND: Santo Yamarco Hernandez poses with one of his colleagues on Facebook.


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John McCarthy

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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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