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Hospital Ground Man Held Hostage In His Own Apartment As Burglars Ransack His Home Looking For Valuables

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On Sunday, January 8, 2017 at approximately 9:54 p.m. the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a burglary in the area of Hospital Ground.

Upon arrival, police made contact with a man who said that when he got home, two armed men barged in behind him into his apartment, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

The victim continued to state that he tried to escape while one man entered and searched his apartment however; the other male pointed a gun at him and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t go back inside.

The victim further explained that a scuffle then ensued when one of the males struck him twice with a fist to the right side of his head and he was able to run away from the area leaving the males inside of his apartment.

The victim concluded by stating that he then called 911 to report the incident, that he was okay, and declined medical treatment.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340)774-2211 ext. 5579 and 5557.

They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers V.I., the Chief’s office at (340) 715-5548 or Police Commissioner Delroy Richard Sr’s office at (340) 715-5506.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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