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Man Beaten Badly By ‘Good Samaritans’ Who Gave Him A Ride, Robbed Him in St. John

CRUZ BAY — A hitchhiker on St. John was savagely beaten with a handgun and robbed of his smart phone and jewelry just outside the only town here, authorities said.

The unnamed man said he was leaving the Quiet Mon Pub before 1:45 a.m. Sunday in St. John when he accepted a ride from a passing motorist, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim later was transported to St. Thomas via the ambulance boat and then taken to Schneider Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

VIPD detectives met with the man who said he accepted a ride from someone who had other passengers in the car, Dratte said.

One of the passengers hit him with a handgun about the body, despite trying to fight off the blows, according to the VIPD.

Someone in the car took his iPhone and a gold chain, the unidentified man told police.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. James MacArthur
    March 5, 2019 at 1:54 PM — Reply

    They took his iPhone. They’re GPS tracked. St. John is a small island. I expect the VIPD to have suspects in custody very soon. If not, something’s wrong.

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