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40-Year-Old St. Croix Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery Of Quality Foods

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 40-year-old St. Croix man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to holding up a food wholesale company at gunpoint in June 2014 and making off with at least $24,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Daniel Ramos, 40, of Estate Clifton Hill pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on June 21, 2014, Ramos and 46-year-old Edigberto Diaz entered Quality Foods located at Estate Castle Coakley wearing dark clothing and masks.

Diaz was carrying a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun with an obliterated serial number containing 14 rounds of ammunition and Ramos carried a toy gun.

The two men entered into an office area, pointed the guns at two people and demanded that they open the safe.

Ramos and Diaz then removed $24,289.17 in cash and checks. They also took personal items belonging to the victims.

Ramos faces a maximum of 20 years and a $250,000.00 fine on the robbery count and a mandatory seven years and a $250,000.00 fine on the gun count. A sentencing date has been set for May 23, 2016.

Diaz pleaded guilty on August 18, 2015, to the same counts and will be sentenced on February 19, 2016.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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