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VIPD: St. Croix’s Rebekah Kelly Allegedly Sprays Mace In Male Friend’s Face on Sunday


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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man told police his female friend attacked him with can of mace early Sunday morning.

Rebekah Kelly, 22, was arrested about 5:05 a.m. Sunday and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The man said when Kelly sprayed mace in his face about 1:46 a.m. Sunday it caused a burning sensation in his eyes and he also lost his sight temporarily, according to VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte.

Kelly came down to the Ancilmo Marshal Police Station in Bassin Triangle and she was arrested after being interviewed. No bail was set as per the domestic violence statute.

She was then remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advise of rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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