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Armed Robbery Near Ken Mapp’s Home At Coakley Bay Leaves One Man Dead

CHRISTIANSTED — An armed robbery of a popular East End watering hole ended in a shooting that left one man dead on Wednesday, authorities said.

It is 30 seconds by vehicle from where Governor Kenneth Mapp lives in Coakley Bay Condominiums on St. Croix.

The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police of a “strong” armed robbery that occurred at Castaway’s Bar and Restaurant in Estate Solitude about 11:39 p.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

When police arrived on the crime scene they found “a Caucasian male victim who had sustained gunshot wounds to the body,” according to the VIPD.

A preliminary investigation revealed that three masked men, armed with handguns, entered Castaway’s from different directions and ordered everyone inside the establishment to get down on the ground.

One of the masked men approached the cash register behind the bar and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from inside the cash register.

Two of the suspects discharged several shots at a one of the patrons who was still standing inside the restaurant, shooting him multiple times about the body.

The suspects then fled the area in blue Jeep Wrangler. CPR was administered to the victim until the ambulance arrived on the scene. EMT’s later transported the victim to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center.

The victim, later identified as 33-year-old Derrick Cribb, succumbed to his injuries, sustained from the gunshot wounds. The homicide is under active investigation by the VIPD.

“He was shot because he didn’t go down to the ground,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte told the Virgin Islands Free Press exclusively today. “The guy was having a good time drinking.”

Dratte added that Cribb was officially pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m. today.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards, Sr., said he was horrified at the heinous crime and promised that the VIPD will be relentless in its efforts to apprehend and prosecute the suspects.

Richards expressed condolences to Cribb’s family and noted that the suspects will be brought to justice.

Police in their prepared statement sent to the press called the incident a “strong armed robbery.”

The homicide is under active investigation by the VIPD.

Crime stoppers is in receipt of anonymous $5000 reward for information leading to apprehension of individual or individuals involved in Castaway’s incident.

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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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