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VIPD: Armed Masked Man Tries To Rob Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort But Is Foiled By Employee Who Fought Him Off


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FREDERIKSTED — Police said that an attempted robbery at the Renaissance Carambola St. Croix Beach Resort was foiled Thursday when a male employee confronted the masked, possibly armed attacker.

The incident occurred about 11:41 a.m. when police were sent to the resort in Estate Davis Bay after a report of an attempted robbery came in, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said on its website.

When police arrived, Criminal Investigations Bureau detectives met with a Carambola employee who said that she was in the office speaking with a male employee, when a man wearing a mask came in the office with what appears to be a firearm demanding money.

The male employee got into a struggle with the suspect.

The female employee then locked herself in the office and called 911.

Another employee came and the suspect fled the area on foot, police said.

No one was injured in the incident no money or items were taken from the resort.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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