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De’Moi Corraspe’s Body Found Riddled With Bullets Inside Paul M. Pearson Gardens in Rock City

Paul M. Pearson Gardens housing project on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront in St. Thomas. It has been the scene of multiple shooting deaths, including of unwitting tourists who have wandered by there at night, in the last 25 years. Former Sen. Celestino A. White, the former “King of St. Thomas,” once told a reporter that it was the one place in STT that all tourists should avoid.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is currently investigating a homicide that took place about 5:11 p.m. this afternoon.

A citizen contacted the 911 Emergency Call Center and reported several shots fired in the area of building 21 of Paul M. Pearson Gardens Housing Community. 

Upon officer’s arrival to the scene, contact was made with a black male lying face down in what appeared to be a pool of blood.  The male appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds about his upper body.

The man was later identified by his next of kin as 27 year-old “De’Moi Corraspe,” according to the VIPD.

VIPD chief spokesman Glen Dratte acknowledged the murder had taken place minutes after it happened thanks to a tip to the VI Freep from the Capital Island of St. Thomas.

On July 30, 2016, the Right, Honorable Gov. Kenneth Mapp executed an extradition request for “K’moi Corraspe” who was then wanted for first-degree murder as a result of the December 10, 2015 murder of Kadeem O. John on the island of St. Thomas.

Corraspe was being held without bail in New York State after a plain clothes police detail stopped him with two females after entering a building with a clearly posted “No Trespassing” sign. After running the background check on all three individuals through their local system and the NCIC, the White Plains police arrested K’moi Corraspe on an outstanding warrant for First Degree Murder issued in the Virgin Islands.

Mapp through the Attorney General’s Office has 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 has continued to implement the further use of technology in both its crime prevention and apprehension efforts. NCIC , (National Crime Information Center) is a computerize database of documented criminal justice information available to  virtually every law enforcement agency nationwide 24 hour a day.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards will be holding a press briefing with the media on August 1, 2016 at 9:00 am at the Patrick Sweeney Police complex in Frederiksted, to inform the community of ongoing investigations and initiatives.

Anyone having any information about these crimes please 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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