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VIPD: Ray Harris Jr. Accused Of Breaking Into Woman’s Home And Assaulting Her

FREDERIKSTED — A 26-year-old St. Croix man has been charged after he allegedly broke into his girlfriend’s home early Sunday morning and assaulted her.

Ray O. Harris, Jr. of Campo Rico, was arrested about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and charged with first-degree burglary-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“She stated that he assaulted her causing visible injuries to her body,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “He damaged her front door, window and cellular phone. A friend of hers who was present stopped her from being further assaulted.”

Police met with Harris at about 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the Wilbur H. Francis Command Police Station in Frederiksted.

After Harris was advised of his Miranda Rights and he allegedly admitted to entering the woman’s residence, damaging her property and assaulting her, according to Dratte.

No bail was set per the domestic violence law.

Harris was booked and remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility where he awaits an advice-of-rights hearing in court.

A Ray Harris, Jr. was sentenced to two years in prison on a federal cocaine smuggling conviction on April 5, 2018.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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