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Man Promising To Fix Air Conditioner Rapes Woman on St. Thomas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A rape and a robbery were reported to police on St. Thomas this week, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

A woman told officers at the Richard N. Callwood Command on Wednesday July 29 abou 12:40 p.m. that she had been raped, the VIPD said.

According to the woman, the incident had occurred at her home on July 15, at an undetermined time, by a man she can identify, according to police.

The woman said the man had done some maintenance work at her home earlier that day and that she called him about 5:45 p.m. that evening to say that the air conditioning system was still not working, police said. The man told the woman he would come back at 10 p.m. to fix the A/C.

The woman told police she had gone to bed for the evening, and later learned that the man had entered the home to fix the air conditioning system, according to police.

As she walked out of the bedroom, the man threw her forcibly onto the bed and raped her, police said.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau continue to investigate the reported rape.

Meanwhile, the VIPD got notification of a robbery in Estate Anna’s Retreat about 10:45 p.m. on Thursday July 29.

Officers responded and made contact with the victim, who stated that while walking towards his vehicle that was parked in front of his home, he was approached by an unknown male, dressed in camouflage pants, a dark-colored sweater and hoodie, with a bandana covering his face as he  pointed what appeared to a black handgun at his head.

The unknown assailant demanded money from the victim, who then took his wallet from his pocket, placing it onto the vehicle, police said.

The gun-wielding man then took two hundred-fifty dollars ($250.00) from the wallet, after which he then took a gold chain from the victim’s neck.

According to the victim, the man then fled the area on foot, headed towards the Tutu High Rise housing community.

Police said the reported robbery is still under investigation.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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