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VIPD: Sapphire Beach Resort Security Guard Attacked Taxi Driver With Metal Pipe

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said a Sapphire Beach Resort security guard attacked a taxi driver with a metal pipe on St. Thomas Wednesday night.

Wilfred Brewer, Jr., 42, of Estate Wintberg was arrested about 11:50 a.m. Thursday and charged with third-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Mariel C. Newton Command patrol officers were dispatched to the  Sapphire Beach Resort in Smith Bay about an assault about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the VIPD.

“Upon the officers’ arrival, contact was made with the victim, a taxi driver, who stated that Wilfred Brewer Jr., the security guard at Sapphire Beach Resort, refused to let him leave the area of Sapphire Beach Resort because of an earlier dispute, which resulted in a physical altercation,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The taxi driver said that Brewer “struck him in the neck and in the left shoulder with a metal pipe causing his left shoulder to be fractured,” according to Dratte.

The taxi driver was able to stop the assault by drawing down on Brewer with a licensed firearm. But the victim of the assault did not fire his weapon.

Brewer’s bail was set at $25,000, but he was not able to post bond.

He was advised of his constitutional rights, booked, processed and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing, police said.

Wilfred Brewer, Jr. on Facebook.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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