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REPEAT OFFENDER! Bonne Esperance Man Accused Of Murdering Schoolteacher Picked Up On Assault Charge

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department patrol officers from the Richard N. Callwood Command responded to 911 Emergency Call Center that directed officers to the Bonne Esperance area in reference to a dispute between neighbors about 12:07 p.m. Saturday. Malakai George, 33, of Bonne Esperance was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, according to the VIPD.

Upon arrival officers encountered the victim who told officers that when he arrived at his residence he was approached by his neighbor, George, who began screaming at him for no apparent reason. He then attempted to avoid George by going into to his residence.

The victim told officers that George grabbed him around the neck and began to choke him to a point where he was unable to breathe. As a result of the choke hold, he blacked out for an unknown period. When he regained his faculties, he stated that his wife told him that the police were on their way.

Officers contacted George in the area of Bonne Esperance where he was transported to the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB). He was advised of his rights during his arrest for third-degree assault.

George was remanded to custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

In February 2016, he was accused by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands of murdering a schoolteacher in 2012.

In October 2011, George was charged by the VIPD with first-degree robbery in a chain snatching incident in Anna’s Retreat.

Anyone having any information about this incident or any other crime please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5579 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9807. You can also contact the anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800)222-8477 or 911.

“The Virgin Islands Police Department is always urging the community to refrain from physical altercations, exercise restraint and practice conflict resolution,” 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 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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