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5 Armed, Masked Men Rob Galaxy Sports Bar In Smith Bay; Second Time In 16 Days

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department patrol officers, the Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives, and Crime Scene Technicians responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the Galaxy Sports Bar in Smith Bay on St. Thomas about 11:39 p.m. Tuesday.

It is the second armed robbery of the Galaxy Sports Bar in 16 days. It took place before the armed robbery of the Racetrack Gas Station early this morning, VIPD spokesman Karl Caesar told the Virgin Islands Free Press.

Upon arrival on the scene, VIPD Detectives’ preliminary investigation revealed that multiple victims told officers that five masked and armed individuals entered the bar and ordered everyone to get down on the floor.

“The suspects began to take cash from the occupant’s person and then proceeded to empty the bar’s cash register of its contents,” Caesar said. “Witnesses observed that one victim refused to obey the robbers demand and was assaulted with a weapon by striking the victim several times that resulted in a laceration to the head area.”

The robbers then made an exit from the premises with an undisclosed amount of cash from the victims and the business.

The person who was assaulted was attended to by emergency medical personnel on site and did not ask for transport to a hospital.

This case is classified as a first-degree robbery.

This case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5617, Major Crime Unit at (340) 714-9830 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807. You can also contact the anonymous tip line Crimestoppers USVI at 1-(800) 222-8477 or 911. We need your help and the entire community’s involvement.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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