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VIPD Officers Make Arrest In Extortion Case On Pile Strade In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department patrol officers arrested Hubert Mervin Daniel, 39, of Pile Strade on St. Thomas at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday and charged him with extortion & threat of domestic violence.

VIPD officers were dispatched to the Family Resource Center on Commandant Gade on St. Thomas on Tuesday at about 1:51 p.m. in reference to an abduction.

Police made contact with the victim when they arrived on the scene, accompanied by Family Resource Center personnel, according to the VIPD.

The victim told officers that Daniel was the father of her three-year-old minor child. Daniel told the victim that the child needed to go on a vacation for three weeks, prior to the start of school. He also insisted that the minor child travel with the victim’s neighbor to North Carolina.

According to the victim, the minor child and the neighbor traveled to North Carolina on July 23, 2019. Subsequently, the victim informed officers that on August 11, 2019 the neighbor returned to St. Thomas without the minor child.

Further investigation revealed that when the victim contacted Daniel via cell phone, he threatened to report her to the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency if she reported the minor child missing.

Daniel contacted the victim via cell phone to obtain the child’s Immunization and Social Security identification cards. The victim refused to release the documents.

With more questioning, officers discovered that the victim had no knowledge of the minor child whereabouts. The victim concluded that she received an anonymous call from a female stating that she did not ask for the child to be here and as a result of contacting the police, she will turn over the minor child to Child Protection Services agency in North Carolina.

Daniel was transported to the Criminal Investigation Bureau where he confessed that he threatened to report the female victim to ICE, as she reported. He was turned over to the Bureau of Correction pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Anyone having any information about this or any other crime 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 Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or 911.

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Police arrested Demare A. Encarnacion, 27, of Estate Tutu at 8:10 a.m. on Aug. 7 and charged him with disturbance of the peace and reckless endangerment. Bond was set at $200.

Charged: Simple possession

Police arrested Kelsii C. Edwards, 26, of Contant at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 8 and charged her with simple possession. Bond was set at $1,000.

Charged: 3rd-degree assault

Police arrested Donte C. Joseph, 23, of Anna’s Retreat at 11:50 p.m. on Aug. 8 and charged him with third-degree assault. Bond was set at $25,000.

Charged: First-degree burglary

Police arrested Elieser Edwards, 19, of Paul M. Pearson Gardens at 8:10 a.m. on Aug. 10 and charged him with first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, grand larceny from the person, use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and first-degree assault. Bond was set at $150,000.

Charged: Simple assault, domestic violence

Police arrested Demare A. Encarnacion, 27, of Anna’s Retreat at 1:55 a.m. on Aug. 14 and charged him with simple assault, domestic violence. No bond was set, per the territory’s domestic violence statute.

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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 50 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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