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Police Release Photos of Suspects Who Executed EHRVI Employee At Castaway’s

CHRISTIANSTED — Police released photos taken from surveillance footage at an East End bar during the armed robbery that led to a visiting relief worker being shot multiple times.

Eyewitnesses said Derrick Cribb, 33, of North Carolina was shot 11 times during an armed robbery by three masked men at Castaway’s Bar & Restaurant in Estate Solitude just before midnight on Wednesday.

Cribb died from the wounds he sustained during the robbery less than two hours after he had been shot at 12:53 a.m. on Thursday.

He had been on island for about two weeks working for the Emergency Home Repairs VI program part of the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA).

According to eyewitnesses, the three bandits made off with about $3,000 in cash from the register.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and Crimestoppers USVI are asking anyone who recognizes any of the men in these photos or the clothing they are wearing during the armed robbery to contact authorities immediately.

VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte sent four photos of two of the three suspects to the Virgin Islands Free Press at 5:39 p.m. today.

Individuals in the community may still be to make an identification from the eyes , clothing etc..

Crimestoppers USVI is in receipt of anonymous $5,000.00 cash reward for information leading to apprehension of individual or individuals involved in this senseless killing.
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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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