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Majority of Arrests This Year Have Been For Domestic Violence

Mug Shot - Valerie Peralta

Mug Shot -Rafael Alcadio Compres


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Three people were arrested on charges ranging from assault to disturbing the peace and domestic violence, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Here are the arrests the VIPD effected and when:

* On Tuesday August 4, Valerie Peralta, 23, of Crystal Gade, was arrested and charged with simple assault and battery-domestic violence at 6:00 p.m., in connection with an incident where Peralta assaulted a man. She was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

* On Wednesday August 5, Rafael A. Compres, 31, of Estate Bethany was arrested and charged with disturbance of the peace-domestic violence at 2:00 a.m., after having been positively identified as the person who pushed a woman in the chest and threatened to do her bodily harm with a knife. Compres was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

* On Wednesday August 5, Kevin Porter, 36, of Frydenhoj was arrested and charged with simple assault /destruction of property-domestic violence at 8:21 p.m., after he turned himself in to officers. Police said Porter admitted that he had damaged a person’s vehicle and mobile phone. He 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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