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VIPD: St. Thomas’ Richard ‘Frankie’ Ireland Arrested For Vicious Attack On Woman Who Was Shot Five Times And Stabbed Six Times At Smart Mart … But Lived

 ARRESTED: Richard Ireland

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who police said shot and stabbed his ex-girlfriend when he saw her at a local gas station was arrested on Thursday after he turned himself to authorities.

Richard “Frankie”Ireland, 52, of Altona, faces charges of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a weapon, and brandishing, exhibiting and using a deadly weapon, all under the territory’s domestic violence modifier, police said. As a result, Ireland was held without bail, according to his arrest record.

When police arrived on the scene Wednesday night, they discovered a woman who had sustained several gunshot wounds and multiple stab wounds about her body, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

The woman told police that her ex-boyfriend Ireland was the person who shot her and then fled the scene in a vehicle, according to the VIPD.

The woman was taken to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital where the doctors performed emergency surgery. Doctors reported that she had been shot five times and been stabbed six times.

On June 22, 2017 at approximately 1:48 a.m., Ireland paraded into the Richard Callwood Command on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront and turned himself over to police custody.

He was advised of his constitutional rights and refused to give a statement, according to police.


Ireland was turned over to Bureau of Corrections Detention Center pending an advice of rights hearing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, the anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911.


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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