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Habitual Offender Arrested For Holding His Own Son Prisoner

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FREDERIKSTED – A 44-year-old St. Croix man was arrested on domestic-violence related charges after police said he held his own son prisoner in his grandmother’s home.

Jimmy Navarro was arrested and charged on Monday with False Imprisonment domestic violence, in connection with an incident that occurred on March 6.

According to the police report, Navarro’s mother said that her son Jimmy Navarro locked her grandson inside her residence against his will.

Upon arriving on the scene, police were able to communicated with Navarro through the eastern window of the residence.

Moments later, Navarro released his 15-year-old son and surrendered to the officers without incident.

Navarro was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

Bail is not available for persons charged under the domestic violence statute of the Virgin Islands.

Police related no information about where the alleged incident occurred other than to say “Frederiksted.”

According to police records, Navarro was arrested twice in one week for armed robbery in 2003.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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