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St. Croix Man Wanted For March Murder of Kelvin ‘Gerbil’ Woodson Arrested

CHRISTIANSTED — A 33-year-old St. Croix man was arrested in connection with the murder of Kelvin “Gerbil” Woodson on Thursday, authorities said.

Pernell Adulphus “Pete” Towers, Jr., is charged with the March 20 murder of Woodson and assault of another person near the Harmony Grocery and Bar in Watergut, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

In all, Towers is charged with first-degree murder, third-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, first-degree reckless endangerment, and discharging or aiming a firearm, according to the VIPD. Bail has been set at $1 million.

Pernell “Pete” Towers arrested by VIPD.

“This would not be possible without the collaboration between law enforcement and the community, and we thank the community for their assistance in this case and continue to ask the public for information and videos in the Floatopia shooting this past weekend,” Lt. Naomi Joseph, Commander of the VIPD’s CIB, said.

VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte released this public information to the V.I. Freep at 9:19 p.m. tonight.

If you have any information call the CIB Tip-Line 469-475-3871, or 340-778 2211, Crime Stoppers VI 1-800-222-8477 or 911

MURDERED MARCH 20: Kelvin Ethan Woodson of Estate Whim, St. Croix.
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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