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Two Men Argue On Front Porch In St. Thomas Leading To Rashim Richards Allegedly Punching, Stabbing Other Man In The Back With A Knife

ARRESTED: Rashim Jamal Richards

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said that disagreement between two men near the Red Hook area of St. Thomas led to one man being punched in the face and stabbed in the back with a knife.

On Wednesday, May 03, 2017, at roughly 7:30 p.m. contact was made with Rashim Richards in the Red Hook area, where he was taken into custody and arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant and charged with using a dangerous weapon and disturbing the peace, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, the victim reported that while he sat on a friend’s porch he got into an argument with Richards and was assaulted by him. The man said that a scuffle ensued when Richards struck him several times with a closed fist, pulled out a knife, and stabbed him in his back. The victim further stated that Richards also threw a rock at the front windshield of his vehicle, causing it to shatter and punctured two of his vehicle tires.

He concluded by stating that Richards fled in an unknown direction and he was transported to the Roy Schneider Hospital for medical treatment via ambulance for his injuries.

Bail for Richards is set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice of rights hearing.

Anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 or The Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807. You can also contact Crimestoppers VI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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