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VIPD: Armed St. Thomas Bar Owner Able To Fend Off Attacker Holding A Machete And Hand Saw To His Neck

      ARRESTED: Brian E. Steele

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — On Friday, May 5, 2017 at about 6:30 p.m. the complainant who is the owner of “1-800 Sports Bar” was interviewed and stated that he was called to his business by his employees relative to a male with erratic behavior in a restricted area of his business.

Upon arrival to his business, he approached the male who was later identified as Brian E. Steele who was behind the bar and asked what he was doing there. The bar owner said that Steele then held a machete and hand saw to his neck. The bar owner was able to pull away from his attacker, drew his licensed firearm and ordered Steele to drop his weapons several times, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Steele did not comply, as he continued walking towards his direction holding the machete in his hand, according to the VIPD. The complainant concluded by stating that he feared for his life and fired a single gunshot striking Brian Steele, who was later taken into custody, police said.

The bar owner suffered a cut on his left forefinger and the right side of his neck but declined medical treatment.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to police.

Anyone who has any information about this incident are asked to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340) 7742211 ext. 5579 and 5557. They can also contact the anonymous tipline Crimestoppers USVI, the Chief’s office at (340) 715-5548 or the Commissioner’s office at (340) 715-5506 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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