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V.I. GOP Offers $5,000 Reward For Information Leading To Arrest Of Carjacking-Rapist On St. Croix’s East End

WINNING TEAM: John Canegata, his wife and daughter pose for a photo with Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke. (Photo courtesy of the VIGOP.)

CHRISTIANSTED — Virgin Islands Republican Party chairman John Canegata said that the G.O.P. is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any credible information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Saturday night’s rape incident, that occurred on the East End of St. Croix.

“As a father of a daughter, this has hit home for me. I’m going to do everything I can to find the individual or individuals who committed this horrid assault” said Canegata. “Till justice is served I remain committed to using every resource at my disposal to assist our law enforcement authorities in this investigation.”

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) withheld the news of the Saturday carjacking-rape for 24 hours after the completion of the St. Croix Half Ironman competition on St. Croix on Sunday.

“I am proud of the officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department for the way they have handled the investigation so far.” Canegata said, “In troubling times like these, it is now, more than ever before important for Virgin Islanders to come together, I continue to pray for the victim and the family and humbly ask that every Virgin Islander does the same.”

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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