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VIPD Swiftly Captures Three Men Who Allegedly Fired Shots During Robbery

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department patrol officers, crime scene technicians and detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau responded to a 911 call of shots fired in the Estate Thomas area on St. Thomas about 1:06 p.m. on Friday.

VIPD officers apprehended three suspects: Javier Anderson DeJesus, Rory Tati-Liz and Angel Alejandro Guerrero -Belel in connection with this incident and charged them all with first-degree assault.

Upon arrival on the scene officers found a Hispanic female laying on the ground being attended to by Emergency Medical Technicians. Preliminary investigation revealed that during an attempted burglary of an apartment in the area involving three male suspects, gun shots were discharged. The Hispanic female fell while trying to flee from the gunfire, resulting in injuries that required transport by ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical facility.

Further investigation and intense pursuit by officers were conducted in Estate Thomas and the surrounding areas in search of the suspects. As a result, VIPD officer intercepted a vehicle at the bus stop area of Yacht Haven Grande and was able to arrest the three male suspects whom were positively identified by one of the victims involved in the incident.

The three suspects were turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending their Advice of Rights hearing. This incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone having any information about this or any other crime is asked to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5617, the Major Crime Unit at (340) 714-9830 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807. You can also contact the paying anonymous tip line Crimestoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477 or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

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