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POLICE: Armed Robbers Kidnap Couple From AJ Market in Petrus Plaza

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) released the latest arrest information for the St. Thomas-St. John district today.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On Monday, February 15 – the 911 Emergency Call Center received report of a first-degree robbery that took place at the Petrus Gas Station located on Veterans Drive in the waterfront area of St. Thomas.

Police met with a man who said that he was walking walking in the area of the Emile Griffith Ball Park about 8:15 p.m. when he was approached by a man he didn’t know. The man asked him for something to eat.

The pedestrian agreed to purchase some food for the man who then brandished a gun and took an undisclosed amount of cash from him. The armed robber then fled from the scene on foot, police said.

On Monday, February 15 – at 6 p.m., officers met with two victims of a first-degree robbery and kidnapping. According to the report, the victims were at the rear of the AJ Market in Petrus Plaza on St. Thomas when they were approached by two unknown men, disguised in women’s clothing.

The men brandished guns and ordered the victims into the truck they were operating and ordered them to drive towards Sorgenfri on the island’s North side.

Once they arrived in Sorgenfri, the armed robbers took the pair’s personal belongings, an unknown amount of cash and ordered the victims to lie on the ground while they fled the area on foot. The matter is under active investigation by police.

On Monday, February 15 –at 9 p.m., police responded to the report of a grand larceny that occurred on Veterans Drive, in the vicinity of the Emile Griffith Ball Park. Police met with the victims, who said that as they walked towards the Petrus Gas Station at 8:20 p.m., they were approached from behind by a man who grabbed a purse from the woman’s shoulder and fled the area. The couple was unhurt in the incident. Police said that the incident is under active investigation.

On Monday, February 15 Nicaise Steele, 46, of Hospital Ground was arrested and charged with third-degree assault. Steele was arrested after being positively identified as the person who wielded a box cutter type of weapon, causing lacerations to the victim during an altercation that took place at the Tutu Park Mall. Unable to post bail of $25,000, Steele was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections.

CRUZ BAY – On Saturday, February 13 – police said a third-degree burglary took place at the Calabash Market, located in Coral Bay, St. John at 2:45 p.m. According to the report, two men wearing hooded jackets, masks and gloves broke into the market and removed an ATM unit, containing an unknown amount of cash. The unit was later discovered on a foot trail between Concordia and the Salt Pond, with the money removed. The matter is under active investigation by police.

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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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