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VIPD: Disagreement Between Babrow Sisters At St. Thomas Police Station Leads To Assault, Gunfire


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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A relative of a St. Thomas native accused of being a marijuana dealer this week got into a fight with her sister at a downtown police station, leading to the arrest of one woman.

The woman and her sister were present at the Criminal Investigation Bureau at the Callwood Command Zone A on Wednesday when the injured woman said that Tara Babrow struck in the her face, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

The woman said that she and her sister traveled back to their family residence in Hospital Ground when Babrow fired shots at them, according to the VIPD.

Tara Babrow, 39, she was placed under arrest and charged with reckless endangerment, unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of ammunition, third-degree assault, discharging or aiming a firearm, failing to report firearm, simple assault, and disturbing the peace.

Unable to post bail, Tara Babrow was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice of rights hearing.

In a related matter, Violet Yvonne Babrow 56, currently of the Bronx, New York was arrested by police about 3 p.m. on Wednesday and charged with drug-possession related charges, police said.

A police investigator in the case said that they were in the Hospital Ground area to serve a search warrant on the family’s residence there when “made contact with Babrow,” according to police.

Babrow was then taken into custody at about 6:00 p.m., placed under arrest and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, police said.

On social media, Babrow said that she is a graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) who now lives in the New York city borough of The Bronx.

The VIPD said that efforts are underway to take weapons off the street in the territory, but that they need your help to do so.

If you have information that could help police, please call (340) 774-2211 on St Thomas (340) 778-2211 0n St Croix, Crimestoppers VI at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or 911.

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Karma
    April 29, 2017 at 12:37 PM — Reply

    Hot mess! I’m utterly disgusted at this behavior. Kudos to the VIPD for keeping our other residents safe and out of danger from these scoundrels. Carnival is a time to SAFELY revel and celebrate this is an embarrassment. What type of Barn were you people raised in?

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