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St. Croix’s Shawki Thomas Arrested On Charges Of Strangling A Woman: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man went to get his belongings from a woman’s apartment and began to strangle her when she said the relationship was over, authorities said.

Shawki Thomas, 29, was arrested Wednesday about 1 p.m. and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence and grand larceny, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

No bail was set as per the domestic violence law. Thomas was transported to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending an advice-of-rights hearing. 

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of an assault that occurred at Lagoon Street Housing Complex about 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to the VIPD.

“A female reported that a male acquaintance, 29-year-old Shawki Thomas came to her apartment to retrieve his personal belongings and he became enraged when she confirmed that their relationship was over,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

“She stated that Mr. Thomas held her down onto her couch while he strangled her,” Dratte said. “The female said Thomas then ripped her chain off her neck and forcefully took her cellular phone from her hand.”

The woman sustained injuries because of the assault, police said.

Thomas was “advised of his Miranda Rights and admitted to struggling with the female for the cellular phone,” according to 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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.

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