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VIPD Says ‘Combative’ Woman Who Died In Police Custody Was Killed By Injuries Inflicted By Others

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Lakeitha Toya Crabtree

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police on St. Thomas said a woman died from injuries she sustained before they arrived on the scene of a disturbance at a gas station in Estate Contant yesterday.

Police were initially called about an unruly woman near the Gottlieb Quick Way Gas Station in Contant about 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

When police arrived on the scene they said that they found “a combative black female on the ground just outside of the convenience store.”

The woman was bleeding from the head with abrasions about the body as a result of an altercation with an unknown male. according to police.

Crabtree appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said, so they called an ambulance for assistance.

After an ambulance was called, the woman “again became combative and was subdued and restrained by the officers,” according to police.

The female began to experience some type of medical complication, the VIPD said.

Upon the arrival of the Emergency Medical Technicians, they examined and transported the victim to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical attention and she expired in route.

The woman was later identified as 41-year-old Lekeitha Toya Crabtree of Contant Knolls, St. Thomas.

Anyone having any information about this crime may contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211, Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9801, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477 or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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