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Carjacking Has St. Croix On High Crime Alert After Couple’s Car Stolen At Gunpoint Near Work and Rest

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CHRISTIANSTED — People on St. Croix will have to be wary of traveling in isolated areas now that a carjacking that happened near a church in Work and Rest late Friday night.

A man and his sister told police they were in a black Acura Integra when two black me with handguns approached and took their car from them about 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

The vehicle, which bore license plates from Connecticut, was later recovered abandoned about half a mile from where the incident took place, a police source said.

The victims said the men shot at them before fleeing the area in the stolen car. No one was reported injured in the incident, but no word from the police as to whether they will investigate the violent incident.

A source claimed police made a cursory search in the area for the suspects, but were unable to find them quickly in the dark and police gave up the search for fear of being shot at themselves.

Estate Work and Rest is bordered by Catherine’s Rest, Pearl and Granard off of Centerline Road and the South Shore Road connects the Bugby Hole and Granard Roads to it.

There are three churches near Work and Rest: Church of God Holiness Academy, Word of Life Ministries and Victorious Believers Ministries.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) has a solve rate of less than two percent for violent crimes committed in the territory.

A carjacking with a gun is a federal crime and is prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice if local authorities make an arrest in the case.


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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