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Virgin Islands Most Wanted Fugitive K’Moi Corraspe Held Over For Higher Bail of $500K


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – V.I. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay granted a motion from Attorney General Claude Earl Walker to increase the bail amount for K’Moi Corraspe.

Corraspe, 22, is charged with one count each of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, unauthorized use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting death of Kadeem John on Dec. 10, 2015.

Officers executed a warrant for Corraspe’s arrest and on Tuesday, he was extradited to St. Thomas from New York, where he had flown to eight days after John was killed. His bail was set at $250,000.

At Corrapse’s advice-of-rights hearing Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Eugene James Connor, Jr., motioned the court to double the bail amount, reasoning that the accused is an extreme flight risk and an extreme danger to the community. Judge Mackay concurred with the prosecution’s argument and increased Corraspe’s bail to $500,000 cash bond.

If he is able to secure his release, Corraspe will have to abide by a number of court-imposed bail conditions, which include being placed under 24-hour house arrest with electronic monitoring and having no contact with witnesses.

Corraspe is scheduled to make his second court appearance on Oct. 13 for his arraignment hearing at which he will formally answer to the charges.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp executed an extradition request on July 30 for Corraspe who was wanted for first-degree murder in the first degree in the territory at that time.

On Tuesday December 15, 2016, where citizens reported shots fired in the Contant Knolls Housing Community. When police arrived they found John dead with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016,  Corraspe was placed under arrest pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp through the Attorney General’s Office had presented the extradition request to the Governor of the State of New York. This joint effort is a result of real time reporting of crime and suspect data to the NCIC system.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said that it will continue to use law enforcement technology in both its crime prevention and apprehension efforts.

The NCIC (National Crime Information Center) is a computerized database of documented criminal justice information available to  virtually every law enforcement agency nationwide 24 hour a day.

The VIPD, Criminal Investigations Bureau, continue to ask the community for information in solving Crime in the territory. You can call CIB on St. Thomas at (340) 774 2211 on St. Croix (340) 778-2211 or Crimestoppers VI at 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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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