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VIPD: Man Pistol Whipped In Parking Lot Of St. Thomas Strip Club Tootsies


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man said he survived a pistol whipping during a gunpoint robbery at a Red Hook strip club, but lost his money and cell phone to the robber, according to police.

A man told police that he was getting into his vehicle in the parking lot of Tootsie’s in Red Hook about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday when he was approached by another man with a black gun pointed towards him.

The victim further explained that the suspect told him to drive to an area close to Home Depot, where he was pistol whipped several times to his face, robbed of his wallet, and mobile device. The victim said the robber fled the area immediately afterwards.

The victim was treated at the Roy Schneider Regional Hospital for a laceration to his upper lip, upper left eye, and back of his head. The victim also reported that three of his teeth were chipped during the incident.

Anyone having any information about any crime should contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 or Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-(800) 222-8477 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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