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Police Seek Four F’sted Men For Questioning In Connection With Double Murder at Cockpit Saturday

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FREDERIKSTED — Police say they are looking for four men as “persons of interest” in the St. Croix Coliseum Cockpit double murder that took place Saturday in Estate Glynn.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) have set up a hotline for anyone with information to call in on. The numbers are (340) 778 2211 extension 6126 or extension 6092.

Police identified the four as:

– Ivan James, 34-years-old, 5-feet-9 inches, 180 pounds, lives in Frederiksted

– Jamal J. Young, 37-year-old, 5-feet-10inches, 200 pounds, lives in Frederiksted

– Elijah Jackson, 38-year-old, 5-feet-9 inches, 140 to 150 pounds, lives in Frederiksted

– Malachi Benjamin: 23-year-old, 6-feet-3 inches, 190 pounds, lives in Frederiksted

Police urged anyone who comes in contact with any of these men or knows their whereabouts to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 778-2211, Crime Stoppers VI or 911.

The police reported that at about 3:49 p.m. Saturday the 911 call center received a report of a shooting at the Coliseum Cockpit.

At the scene, officers discovered a unresponsive Hispanic male. A second victim had been transported by private vehicle.

The men each died from their injuries. They were identified by next of kin as 32-year old Luis Colon and 46-year-old Jacobo Garcia.

Preliminary investigation determined that each victim had been shot inside the cockpit and that there was more than one assailant.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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