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VIPD: St. Thomas’ Robert ‘Herbie’ Moore Allegedly Admits To Stabbing Man In May Who Eventually Died In June


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CHARLOTTE AMALIE  — Police have arrested and charged a St. Thomas man with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing on Guttets Gade two months ago.

Robert “Herbie” Moore, 53, of Scott Free, was arrested at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder and related charges, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

No bail was set and Moore was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections.

Police said that Moore is accused of stabbing 50-year-old Ronald Kern of Estate Bellevue about 1:50 p.m. on May 17 and that Kern died on June 9 from the injuries he sustained that day.

Kern told police that he was arguing with a woman he didn’t know when Moore came up to him and stabbed him near Back Street by the gut on Guttets Gade.

Detectives made contact with Kern at Schneider Regional Medical Center who was admitted with puncture wounds to his chest area, police said.

On June 9, Ronald Kern succumbed to his injuries at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, and the assault case was upgraded to a homicide.

On July 18, police detectives from the Major Crime Unit contacted Moore near General Gade.

Moore was transported to the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) where he allegedly admitted to stabbing Kern, but claimed that the stabbing was an act of self-defense.

Moore was then arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and third-degree assault.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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