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VIPD: Venezuelan Woman Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges Could Have Immigration Problems, Too

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A South American woman is accused of attacking her boyfriend by scratching, punching and throwing stones at him — but domestic violence charges might be the least of her troubles.

Rocio Esmeralda Cortez Medina, 25, of Venezuela was arrested at her place of employment in Mariendahl at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with simple assault and battery-domestic violence and disturbing the peace-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

No bail was set for Cortez Medina as per the domestic violence law.

At about 2:26 p.m. on Saturday, a “Hispanic male” reported that a former female acquaintance, Cortez Medina assaulted him in Smith Bay, according to the VIPD.

“The Hispanic male reported that Cortez Medina came to his friend’s house where he was staying and started to attack him by punching and scratching him and throwing stones at him and at a window (and) breaking same,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The victim and suspect in this matter are citizens of Venezuela and are illegal immigrants, Dratte said.

“The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was notified of this case,” he said.

This case is currently under active investigation by the Domestic Violence Unit.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5569 or (340) 715-5535.

You can also contact 911 or the anonymous tip line Crimestoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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