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VIPD SKETCH: Police Say The East End Serial Rapist Is A Light-Complected Black Man With A Wide African Nose

NARROWS IT DOWN: A police composite sketch of the accused East End St. Thomas serial rapist shows him to be a light-complected, stunted-short black man with a wide African nose.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said tonight that it is actively investigating a series of sexual assaults that have occurred in the East End area of St. Thomas. The attacks appear to be possibly connected to a number of sexual assaults that occurred in the vicinity of Estate Frydenhoj between August 15, 2016 and January 24, 2017.

The suspect is described as being a black man, about 5-foot, 5-inches tall, between 18 – 25 years of age, who weighs about “125-130 pounds,” has a “Caribbean accent,” slim build, no beard on his face, flat nose, short haircut and a slight mustache.

According to previous incidents, the sexual assaults have been taken place inside of an apartment or a single family residence.

In each of these cases, the female victim was reported alone in and outside the residence, police said.

The suspect has entered each residence through an unlocked door or awaits the victim outside the residence, they said.

VIPD chief spokesman Glen Dratte was asked at 8:41 p.m. if the police composite sketch depicts a light-skinned black man or a dark-skinned black man, but Dratte did not immediately respond to the V.I. Free Press‘s request for more information for the public.

Again, VIPD would like you to keep the following safety tips in mind to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of Home Invasion or Rape by following the tips below.

*       If you have a glass sliding door, place a metal pole or strong stick on the tracks of the door, no matter how much someone jolts or pulls the door, it will not open.

*       If you’re moving into a new apartment, request for your locks to be changed. Other individuals may have a copy without your knowledge

*       Be aware of what you put on social media. Information can disclose your location to the wrong individuals.

*       A great way to discourage intruders is to make them think you’re not alone

*       Always have some means of personal self-defense. There are individuals that specialize in the instruction of women’s self-defense.

*       Always lock your doors when you’re home, especially if you’re alone.

*       Be aware of your environment at all times, especially at night or when alone.

*       Always have your keys at hand when entering your car or your residence.

*       Don’t make your home easily accessible for prowlers by leaving chairs, ladders, or any object that can be used as a tool to jump on or hop over into your residence.

*       Always do whatever you need to make yourself safe and secure. No one should ever be a victim of any crime.

If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact the Department at 340-774-2211 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807. You can also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or dial 911.

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John McCarthy

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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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