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New Year 2018 Doesn’t Begin With A Birth or A Death … But An Alleged Rape In Front of Minor Children on Scenic Drive

FREDERIKSTED — An Upper Love man was arrested Thursday for allegedly raping a woman on New Year’s Day, according to unofficial sources.

Stedroy E. Blake Jr., 29, was arrested at 11:34 a.m. and charged with first-degree assault-domestic violence.

Police say that at 5:39 a.m. on Monday Blake drove a woman to Scenic Drive where he invited her inside his house. Once inside, the woman was raped.

Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) spokesman Glen Dratte said that the woman told police that Blake sexually assaulted her in front of her minor children.

No bail was set for Blake as per the Virgin Islands domestic violence statute. He was remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility and Detention Center pending further court action.

From the story told by the woman, it is not known if the minor children were left alone in the man’s house prior to their returning.

On March 19, 2017, Blake was also arrested by the VIPD and charged with disobeying a lawful order.

Police said Blake, who is unemployed, was told “numerous times” to “remove himself from the premises” in Estate Cane, but refused officers’ instructions to do so.

The date in March was a Sunday.

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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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