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Dangerous Twice Convicted Violent Gun Felon Nathaniel ‘JahReek’ Thomas Has Escaped From Prison on St. Croix


FREDERIKSTED — The public is being warned to be on the lookout for a dangerous St. Croix man who was convicted of gun violence on Tuesday but apparently escaped from prison two days later, according to authorities.

The Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility said that Nathaniel “JahReek” Thomas Jr. 28, of St. Croix “was not seen for several hours” and was confirmed not to be at the prison as of 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. confirmed this morning that Thomas has escaped from Golden Grove prison.

If you spot Thomas, you are urged to use all due caution around him and immediately call 911.

He was convicted Tuesday in federal court of charges related to a 2016 shootout at a Sunny Isle area gas station.

Unofficial word is that Thomas had official release papers and was allowed by V.I. Bureau of Corrections (BOC) officials to leave Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility under his own auspices.

He just walked straight out of prison, after being convicted of a second violent offense!

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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