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Two Men Accused of Beating Woman, Firing Gunshots Near Christiansted Cemetery

CHRISTIANSTED — Two armed St. Croix men are accused of breaking in to a woman’s home in broad daylight, beating her and stealing her cell phone.

On March 21, 2017, at approximately 12:05 p.m., police was called to a discharging of shots in Western Suburb in vicinity of the Christiansted Cemetery, where a report was taken regarding an interrupted burglary at a home.

The homeowner stated that the two suspects squeezed themselves out from behind the burglary bars and a struggle ensued. The two black males assaulted the homeowner and took her cellphone.

One of the suspect fired a shot and both fled the area on foot, police were able to locate the suspects with the community’s assistance and they were positively identified as the gun toting culprits.

They were arrested and charged with burglary 1st, robbery 1st, reckless endangerment and other gun charges. A telephonic warrant was sought and granted at a Christiansted home, where the men fled to was searched. The search yielded four weapons which included an AK assault weapon.

The suspect Karime Williams, 35, and Akeem Herbert, 27 were each held on $75,000.00 bail, which was set as per chart. They were both unable to post bond and was remanded to Golden Grove Detention Center pending advised of rights hearing tomorrow.

St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande said that he credits the officers’ speedy response and good police work by coordinating their efforts with the Patrol Division the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and, the Special Operations (quick response team.)

The chief also thanked the community and encourages you to call the VIPD at (340) 778-2211, Crime Stoppers VI at 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

    ARRESTED: Karime Williams

ARRESTED: Akeem Herbert

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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