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St. Croix’s ‘Taliban’ Krigger Arrested In Sunday Night Shooting Death Of All For The Better Handyman

EAST END, St. Croix — A manhunt for a 20-year-old alleged killer of an All For The Better man ended quickly as VIPD police detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) effected an arrest this afternoon, authorities said.

Amari “Tahleban” Krigger is “the primary suspect” and was arrested and charged with first-degree murder sometime before 2:01 p.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER: Amari “Tahleban” Krigger, 20, on St. Croix.

The VIPD issued a wanted poster for Krigger at 1:53 p.m. today. He is wanted for questioning in the Sunday night murder of 51-year-old handyman Eustace “Tiger” Samuel of Estate All For The Better, near Estate Tipperary on St. Croix’s East End, according to the VIPD.

“If seen, use caution, he’s armed and dangerous,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said at the time.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report that a man had been shot in All For The Better about 7:54 p.m. on Sunday, according to Dratte.

“Upon officer’s arrival they discovered the lifeless body of 51-year-old Eustace Samuel of All for the Better, Christiansted,” he said. “It appears that he was shot multiple times to the upper body while he was inside his residence.”

Samuel was identified by family members. He was known for doing odd jobs for people on St. Croix and had recently been given the gift of an automobile by a grateful client.

Krigger says on social media that he attended St. Croix Central High School and that he works for “Chick Magnet Productions.”

This incident remains under active investigation by the VIPD.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau is following up on leads and asks the community for their assistance with any information regarding this incident.  

If you have information about this crime, please call the CIB TIP-LINE 469-475-3871340-778 2211, the anonymous tip line Crimestoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tahleban” is how Amari Krigger spells his nickname “Taliban” on Facebook. We recognize that his spelling is incorrect as evident by our headline for the article.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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. August 28, 2019 at 12:10 AM — Reply

    I wonder if he selling those chains?
    He won’t be needing them to where he is going.

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