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VIPD: St. Croix’s Johnattan Soto Arrested For Allegedly Strangling, Punching Girlfriend In The Face In Richmond

ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Johnattan Soto on St. Croix

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police said a woman in Richmond called emergency dispatch after she was brutally attacked by her boyfriend on St. Croix on Tuesday.

Johnattan Soto, 35, of Richmond was arrested and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence after the incident on Tuesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Police said that the 911 Emergency Call Center got a request for police assistance from the woman in Richmond at 1:48 p.m. on Tuesday, saying that her boyfriend was assaulting her.

When police got to the scene, the woman told them that Soto strangled her and punched her in the face with a closed fist, the VIPD said.

Police from the Criminal Investigation Bureau were able to locate the suspect Johnattan Soto and he was arrested at that time.

No bail was set for Soto due to the domestic violence statute.

He was transported to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending an advice of rights hearing.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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