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BVI Police Wing Wanted Dominican Fugitive In Tortola And Catch Him Near Butu Mountain … Where Are Our USVI Police?

SANTO FUGITIVE CAUGHT: Santo Yamarco Hernandez of Spring Ghut, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The Royal Virgin Islands Police force is doing a terrific job in Road Town, but what are the USVI police doing and where are they?

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A Dominican Republic native who had been on the lam for at least three months was recaptured after Royal Virgin Islands Police shot him early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Santo Yamarco Hernandez, 38, was caught in the Butu Mountain area of Tortola after a police operation, BVI police said.

Hernandez was one of about 140 prisoners who simply walked out of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut after the walls were breached by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, according to police.

Police officers received intelligence that Hernandez that he was in the area of Butu Mountain when he aggressively engaged them, authorities said.

Hernandez of Spring Ghut was shot during the skirmish, detained and then brought to Peebles Hospital for treatment, police said.

On April 1, Hernandez was charged with the murder of Aliston Penn of East End. Penn was found in a pool of blood on March 10 in the Windy Hill area of Tortola.

TWO OF A KIND: Santo Yamarco Hernandez poses with one of his colleagues on Facebook.

 

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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