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Child Custody Drop Off Results In Body Slamming, Attempted Strangulation on St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix child custody drop off resulted in a body slamming and strangulation attempt after the father involved saw his ex-girlfriend’s reaction to his new girlfriend.

Victor Vargas, 36, of St. Croix was arrested about 1:39 p.m. on Wednesday and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

A woman called the 911 Emergency Call Center about 7:52 a.m. Wednesday to report that she had been assaulted by Vargas, according to the VIPD.

“The female stated that she went to drop off her minor child to Mr. Vargas however when she got inside the apartment she was greeted by an unknown female,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

An argument soon began between Vargas and the mother dropping off their mutual child when he suddenly “became enraged.”

“The female victim stated  that Mr. Vargas body slammed her to the floor, got on top of her, and began to strangle her to the point she was unable to breathe,” according to Dratte.

Other witnesses that were present confirmed Vargas assaulted female victim, police said.

Vargas was advised of his Miranda Rights prior to his arrest and booked. No bail was set as per the domestic violence law.

Vargas was then remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections Detention Center pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

The California court system recommends a parenting plan where the parents don’t have to see each other, such as dropping off the child at school and having the other parent pick them up.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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. May 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM — Reply

    That’s what happens when you women out there opening your legs to every fool out there with out even knowing them good. WOMAN now a days require their boyfriend or man like they say to be a gangster man, a tug man, a jail man , a drug man. In order to meet the requirements so they can get their A$$ kicked and treated like animals. Like the saying goes (You get what you paid for).

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