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VIPD Says 3 St. Croix Women Kidnapped A Woman At Gunpoint, Drove Her To Altona Lagoon And Robbed Her of $40K Cash

      ARRESTED: Tiffany Mendez

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix woman told police that three women she knew kidnapped her at gunpoint, beat her, drove her to Altona Lagoon and stole $40,000 cash from her.

On February 20, 2017 the 911 Call Center reported at 10:02 p.m. that a 22-year-old woman had been taken from her residence and robbed, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

The woman said that her friend, Tiffany Mendez, 34 years old, came to her house and Iesha Smith, 35 years old, demanded that she go with them. The kidnapping victim refused and Mendez drew a gun on her and forced her into the vehicle, the VIPD said.

Another female in the vehicle, Ebony Hercules, 30 years old punched her while she was in the back seat as they drove to the Lagoon Beach entrance in Christiansted, according to police.

The kidnapped woman told police that she was robbed of $40,000.00 cash and all of her personal identification.

On February 21, 2017 between the hours of 3:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Iesha Smith, Tiffany Mendez and Ebony Hercules were all arrested and charged with kidnapping for robbery.

All three St. Croix women were remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Facility pending advice of rights hearings for each of them.

    ARRESTED: Ebony Hercules

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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