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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.

To hear an audio reading of this news story by Dratte please press play below:

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.

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  1. Velocity Force
    March 4, 2017 at 6:44 PM — Reply

    Absolutely unnecessary to mention the rape of the victim. Gatuitous and thoughtless given rape shield laws. Is this a case of race baiting?

    • March 5, 2017 at 8:15 AM — Reply

      From our reading of the news story, the woman, fortunately, was NOT raped. It was an unsuccessful rape attempt according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

  2. J W
    March 5, 2017 at 12:36 PM — Reply

    It is unfortunate that this incident occurred and kudos that this female was able to sock it to the attacker! John Mc Carthy, get your facts in order! You attempted to discredit a good reputable business by trying to associate the business with the incident . The incident occurred near the old “pump house” southeast of the federal building. (3/4 of a mile away from the Petite Pump Room).

  3. El-Cid
    March 5, 2017 at 12:52 PM — Reply

    Confused, the reporter is stating the attempted rape was by the Petite Pump Room and the VIPD is stating by the Pump House. There is an old pump house on the waterfront close by the Federal Building. So wherever this occurred is very important for people that walk or jog all the time.

  4. Concerned Virgin Islander
    March 5, 2017 at 3:10 PM — Reply

    This article is highly inaccurate. The incident occurred near the old pumping station that is near the Federal Court Building, driving toward Havensight. Will you correct the errors?

  5. mikie
    March 5, 2017 at 8:58 PM — Reply

    our fat asssss governor says he in law inforsement he sucks at eeeverthing

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