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St. Thomas Man Accused Of Grabbing Woman By The Hair, Punching Her and Biting Her And Then Stealing Her iPhone

  ARRESTED: Gabriel Delgado, 19

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man accused of grabbing a woman by her hair, dragging her to the ground, punching her, biting her on her cheek and then stealing her smart phone was arrested by police on Wednesday.

Gabriel Delgado, 19, of St. Thomas was arrested by police after he was positively identified by the woman as the man who robbed and assaulted her on June 7, 2017, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

The woman said that Delgado came to her residence, where he assaulted her by grabbing her by the hair, dragging her to the ground, biting her on the cheek, striking her several times with a closed fist to the face, according to the VIPD.

The woman added that Delgado then grabbed her iPhone 7 plus from her hand and fled the area, police said.

The woman sustained a broken nose, facial swelling, a bite to the left cheek and abrasions to her right leg from the attack, according to police spokeswoman Sakeeda Freeman.

Police were able to find Delgado the same day and he was then charged with second-degree robbery, Freeman said.

He was processed and turned over to the Bureau of Correction pending an advice of rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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