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VIPD: St. Thomas Man Felt ‘Stinging Sensation’ In His Back And Knew He Was Assaulted

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department officers from the M. C. Newton Command and units from the Criminal Investigation Bureau, traveled to the Roy Schneider Regional Medical Center in response to a reported assault at about 10:30 a.m Tuesday.

When officers arrived at the hospital, police met with “an adult black male,” Ivan Alexander, who stated that about 10:00 a.m. he was walking on the public roadway in the area of Louie’s Market in Smith Bay, according to the VIPD.

While walking, Alexander told police that he felt a stinging sensation to the left side of his back. He also told officers that he did not hear any gunshots or observed anyone in the area with a gun.

Alexander sustained a laceration to the left side of his back and was treated and released from the medical center, according to VIPD spokesman Karl Caesar.

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

Anyone having any information about this or any other crime please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211, 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.

“We need your help and the entire community’s involvement,” Caesar said.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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