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Two Men And Two Minors Arrested In Connection With Carjacking Death of 73-Year-Old Church Deacon

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Jahmal Rivera of Estate Grove Place

FREDERIKSTED – Two St. Croix men and two St. Croix teenagers were arrested Thursday in connection with the murder of a 73-year-old Grove Place man, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police executed arrest warrants for Jahmal Rivera, 29, of Estate Grove Place, Dumaray Isles, 23, of Estate Upper Love and two unnamed minors at 4:30 p.m. Thursday related to the carjacking-murder of Augustus Bannis earlier this summer, the VIPD said.

Bannis had been the victim of a carjacking incident and assault that occurred in Estate Grove Place on August 17 that left him unconscious and hospitalized for two months. He succumbed to the injuries he sustained from the assault when he died at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on October 19, according to police.

Rivera and Isles were charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said.

Due to the seriousness of the charges against them, no bail was set for either Rivera or Isles. Each man was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending Advise of Rights hearings.

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Dumaray Isles of Estate Upper Love

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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