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Man Who Tells Beggar ‘No’ Near Market Square Gets Clubbed On The Head With 2×4


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A man who turned down a person asking for a dollar got a crack on the back of the head with a two-by-four in the downtown area of St. Thomas, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police were dispatched to the Schneider Regional Medical Center at 11:04 a.m. Tuesday in response to a man being treated for injuries sustained during an assault that occurred in the area of Market Square, the VIPD said.

Arriving at the hospital, police met with a man who said that he was walking behind the Salvation Army store on Torve Strade when a man he didn’t know approached him and asked him for a dollar. The man told him “No,” and continued walking.

As the man continued walking towards Vester Gade, he was hit over the head with two-by-four piece of wood, according to police.

The man was hit in the face and on both arms with the two-by-four, police said. He was finally able to push the attacker away from him. The attacker then ran away from the scene.

The man was unable to provide police with a description of his attacker and sustained a cut above the right eye, a bruise to the back of his head and cuts on each arm, according to police. He was treated for his injuries and released by the hospital.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9807 ext. 5556, 911, or the anonymous tip service Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-(800) 222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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