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Woman Tells Police That She Was Raped At Knifepoint on Hawk Hill in St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A woman told police that she was raped at knifepoint in St. Thomas — and to add insult to injury — after being sexually assaulted the man stole a vehicle on the property as well.

On December 27, 2016, at roughly 7:58 a.m., police traveled to the area of Hawk Hill after a concerned citizen reported a first-degree rape and an unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

Upon arrival to the scene, police made contact with a woman who said that her life had been threatened while she was sexually assaulted at knife point at her residence, the VIPD said.

The victim then explained that she was able to escape and seek assistance at her upstairs landlord’s residence.

Police said that their investigation revealed that after escaping and entering her landlord’s residence he called the 911 Emergency Call Center, requesting assistance.

The landlord made contact with the suspect and told him that he needed to leave the residence.

The suspect then fled the scene operating the landlord’s vehicle. Shortly after, the suspect was involved in an auto collision with said vehicle while still in the Hawk Hill area.

The victim and suspect were transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room for medical treatment for injuries sustained during this incident.

The information about the rape was transmitted to the V.I. Free Press at 3:35 p.m. today.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 or Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9801.

You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 or 911. This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

A VIEW TOO SHRILL: A vantage point from Hawk Hill on St. Thomas looking to the ocean.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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