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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Police Department announced that eight arrests took place in St. Thomas between Thursday and Sunday on charges ranging from burglary and assault to DUI and weapons violations, according to spokesman Kevin Jackson.

These are the arrests that the VIPD said took place:

*On Thursday July 23, Brittany Elizabeth Ganson, 35, of Estate Mahogany Run, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence at 10:30 p.m. on St. Peter Mountain Road. Bail for Brittany Elizabeth Ganson was set at $1,500.00.

*On Friday July 24, Andrew F. Joseph, 36, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary.  Joseph was placed under arrest after being viewed and identified on ansurveillance video in which he was seen prying open a window to enter a business in the Royal Dane Mall. Bail for Joseph was set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections.

*On Friday July 24, Guy G. Vicar, 29, of Estate Pearl was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence. Vicar was arrested after he was involved in a verbal altercation with a woman who he struck. Vicar was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

*On Saturday July 25, Malik Gabriel, 19, of Tampa, Florida was arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm/ brandishing and exhibiting. Gabriel was arrested after an incident where he allegedly held a gun to a person’s head at Lindberg Bay Beach. Bail for Gabriel was set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, Gabriel was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

*On Sunday July 26, Officers visited the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital at 2:40 p.m. to interview an assault viction. The victim said he was at Coki Point Beach, when he tried to kick a soccer ball that was rolling towards him. A suspect was behind him with a machete and as he raised his foot to strike the ball, the person struck him on the foot causing a laceration that required medical attention. The incident is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

*On Sunday July 26, Officers reported to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital at 3:30 p.m. in regard to interview another assault victim. The victim said he was near Lake’s Chicken Fry in Estate Smith Bay when he was assaulted by an individual with a machete, causing a laceration to his hand that required medical attention. The incident is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

*On Sunday July 26, Berto Garcia Castillo, 37, of Estate Contact in St. John was arrested and charged with simple assault and battery-domestic violence after he assaulted a woman, causing injuries to her body. Garcia Castillo was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

*On Sunday July 26, Lidia Guerrero Castillo, 41, of Estate Contact in St. John was arrested and charged with simple assault and battery-domestic violence after she assaulted a man, causing injuries to his body. Guerrero Castillo was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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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