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Cock Gets Out of Hand At Smoking Rooster Sports Bar In St. Thomas … Simon Hodge Is Arrested By VIPD

ARRESTED: Simon Hodge of St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On December 20, 2016, at about 9:07 p.m., police patrol units from Richard Callwood Command traveled to the Havensight area after a citizen reported a disturbance at Smoking Rooster Sports Bar, according to police.

The Investigation Units traveled to the area after being requested by the Patrol Units to assist in the investigation, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Upon arrival contact was made with a woman who said that she was sexually assaulted and violated while in the establishment, the VIPD said.

The woman also explained that she called out for her husband who was also there with her and several friends. She explained that the black male that attacked her attempted to leave the establishment after the incident and her husband and management stopped him, called 911, and awaited police to arrive.

The suspect was later identified as Simon Hodge a 20-year-old black man who lives on St. Thomas.

Hodge was advised of his rights, placed under arrest and charged with first-degree unlawful sexual contact.

Unable to post bail in the amount of $10,000.00, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advise of Rights hearing.

The VIPD said that it will continue to make arrests, but it needs your help to get needed information; if you of any crime happening in the territory please call the VIPD on St. Thomas (340) 774-2211 on St. Croix (340) 778-2211, Crimestoppers VI 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

SITE OF INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL CONTACT? The Smoking Rooster Sports Bar in St. Thomas.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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


  1. Dan the Man
    December 21, 2016 at 9:07 PM — Reply

    Are you serious with this article it’s slander at its finest. A incident went down but none of the facts were stated in this article. Tighten it up, click bait headlines isn’t reporting.

  2. Lauren Probyn
    December 21, 2016 at 9:43 PM — Reply

    The article you just posted is completely incorrect. As a local & witness to last night’s events at the Rooster, you should be worried about your credibility as a journalist.

  3. Ashley
    December 21, 2016 at 9:44 PM — Reply

    The title of this article is not at all what happened. This woman’s husband made sure the suspect was the one who made sure he was arrested. The person who wrote this should be ashamed.

  4. Adrian
    December 22, 2016 at 9:57 AM — Reply

    WOW this headline is not only slanderous but strait up lies to the public! There was an incident that was inappropriate that should never be tolerated. None of what this post indicates what is close to the truth. VIfreepress is just an example of shock social media. This is just disgraceful what our local media did to attract viewers.

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