Quick-Thinking Prone Jogger Hits Attacker On Head With Rock Near ‘Old Pump House’ In St. Thomas
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas woman told police that a man tried to rape her after ambushing her near the old Pump house by the Ron de Lugo Federal Building downtown.
The woman went into the Richard Callwood Command about 10:22 p.m. on Thursday and told police that she was jogging by the Pump house near Veteran’s Drive when a black man she didn’t know grabbed her from behind, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.
The woman said that the man immediately threw her on the ground and jumped on top of her while trying to remove her jogging clothes at the same time, according to eyewitness and police reports.
The woman said that she grabbed a nearby rock and hit her attacker on the head with it, according to the VIPD.
At that point, the man rolled off of her without actual penetration digital or otherwise and she was able to run in a westerly direction away from her attacker, police said.
The woman said she did not attempt to follow the would-be rapist, but instead went straight to the police station to report the incident.
Police detectives described the area of the attack as being “the Pump House” on St. Thomas which was described as being near the Ron de Lugo Federal Building which fronts Veteran’s Drive on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront — the most heavily traveled and populated area of the capital island.
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Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please contact the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) at (340) 714-9807, (340) 714-9805,
You can also contact Crimestoppers VI at 1(800)222-8477 or 911.
The case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).
GLADYS’ CAFE: Historical records in St. Thomas indicate that the old pump house is situated near where Glady’s Cafe currently sits in Charlotte Amalie.