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Sunday Day At The Races Ends in Armed Robbery

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CHRISTIANSTED – A stolen vehicle showed up at the Racino at the Randall “Doc” James Race Track about 11:40 p.m. Sunday and an armed robbery took place, according to police.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle drove up to the entrance of the Racino in Estate Manning’s Bay, south of the Henry Rohlsen Airport, where several individuals went into the establishment with guns and demanded money from patrons and staff, police said.

The suspects fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash and exchanged gunfire with security personnel as they drove off. The vehicle was recovered minutes after the robbery in the vicinity of Home Depot, abandoned by the suspects.

Members of the K9 and Special Operations Unit were summoned to the scene and conducted a search for the suspects with negative results. Detectives are continuing their investigation into this crime.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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