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VIPD: St. Thomas’ John Petersen Charged With Beating His Girlfriend With A Baseball Bat


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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St.. Thomas woman told police that her boyfriend came home drunk and beat her with a baseball bat last week.

John Petersen, 63, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault-domestic violence at about 9:45 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Police said the Domestic Violence Unit was called to investigate the injured woman at the Schneider Regional Medical Center about 10:30 p.m. on August 5.

The woman told police at the hospital that Petersen came home intoxicated and assaulted her with a baseball bat causing injuries in her forearm and her torso area, according to the VIPD.

The VIPD said Petersen was advised of his Constitutional Rights and placed under arrest today.

He was booked, processed and remanded to custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice of rights hearing.

No bail was set as per Domestic Violence Statute.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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