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Rash of Crimes Plague St. Thomas In One Night: Attempted Drive-By Shooting Murder, Attempted Rape And Robbery Reported On Thursday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The island of St. Thomas was under siege by criminals on Thursday who tried to shoot someone to death from a car; rape a woman as she went jogging in the most populated area of downtown and rob someone in the waterfront area.

On Thursday March 2, 2017 at about 7:45 p.m., 911 received a call in reference to a robbery in the area of the Foot Hills located at Sugar Estate.

Police said they met with a man who told them that he had been walking in Sugar Estate in the waterfront area when a man he didn’t know pushed him to the ground, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

The man who was pushed to the ground said that his attacker took his money and his jewelry from him, according to the VIPD.

The injured man was taken to Roy Lester Schneider Regional Hospital after complaining of pain in his left hip area.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807, (340) 714-9805,  You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or 911.

This case is presently under investigation by the Investigation Bureau

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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