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Two Men Arrested And Re-Arrested For Murder Of Church Deacon On St. Croix


CALLING AVON: Avondale George Jr. re-arrested

FREDERIKSTED — Three St. Croix men were arrested Monday on charges ranging from murder to robbery and assault, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On Monday, 18-year-old Avondale George, Jr and  18-year-old Enock Justin Cole were rearrested as adults on a bench warrant signed by a Superior Court Judge.

Police said that the charges against the two men are murder 1st, Robbery 1st, assault 1st and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Avondale George and Enock Cole were originally arrested as minors for the murder of Augustus Banis that took place at the David Hamilton Park in Estate Grove Place.

Bail for each man was set at $1 million and each man was remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

Banis was the deacon at the Calvary Baptist Church in Upper Love, Frederiksted.

To hear an audio reading of this news story by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte please press play below:

If you know of a crime happening in your area, police ask you to please call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 778 2211– STX (340) 774 2211– STT Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.


        RE-ARRESTED: Enock Cole

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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