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West Caret Bay Man Charged In Strangulation Assault of Woman In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas woman told police that a man she had spent two years with assaulted her by strangulation on Thursday.

Thompson John Alexander, 36, of West Caret Bay, was arrested about 1:25 p.m. on Saturday and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence and simple assault & battery-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Officers responded to the location and observed the female victim had bruises on her right elbow and red scratch marks on her chest and neck area and a busted lower lip,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Police said the complaint was registered by 911 dispatchers at 6:54 p.m. Thursday, according to the VIPD.

The woman told police the incident took place between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

No bail was set as per the domestic violence law.

Alexander was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing on April 15.

This case is currently under active investigation by the Domestic Violence Unit.

Any persons with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, Crime Stoppers VI 1800 222-8477 or 911.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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