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VIPD: St. Croix Man Accused Of Domestic Violence

CHRISTIANSTED — On February 24, 2017 at approximately 11:20 p.m., officers made contact with an adult female at the Ancilmo Marshal Command Station Christiansted.

The woman stated that she was at her boyfriend’s residence with their one-year-old child. The child fell off the couch and cut his lips. After the accident, she asked her boyfriend to take the child to hospital to seek medical attention.

She told police her boyfriend became enraged and he grabbed her by the throat with both hands, squeezed her until she could not breathe, and punched her in the head several times and then dragged her by the hair across the floor, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The woman said that she somehow managed to contact a family member despite being under attack, according to the VIPD. Her boyfriend left the residence immediately when she got through to help over the telephone.

On February 24, 2017 at approximately 11:53 p.m., police interviewed Chavez Ali at the Marshal Command station.

Ali, 24, was placed under arrest and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence.

No bail was set for Ali as per the domestic violence law. He was transported to Golden Grove Detention Center pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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