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St. Thomas Man Ahrkel Williams One of Six Held In Job Corps Robbery, Beating

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   Ahrkel Williams of St. Thomas

CALLICOON, New York – A 20-year-old St. Thomas man is one of six people charged with a dormitory robbery at a New York job training program, according to New York State Police.

Ahrkel Williams was charged with second degree robbery after he and five other students at Delaware Valley Job Corps Center entered another student’s dorm room while he was sleeping on May 3, held him down, beat him with a belt and broke into a locker, stealing an iPhone and cash, state police said.

Also charged with second degree robbery are: Paul Andre, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Preston Ludd Jr, 16, of New York; Timothy Griffin, 20, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Nelson Rivera, 18, of Jersey City, N.J. and Michael Jones, 18, of Moorestown.

Each was arraigned before County Court Justice Michael McGuire and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail, state police said. All six are currently still being held at the jail on a $40,000 bond, according to jail records.

Job Corps is a free education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that provides people ages 16 to 24 with technical and academic training.
When reached today, a secretary at the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center said the director of the program declined comment and referred all inquires to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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