FREDERIKSTED — Two St. Croix men were arrested on Friday for their alleged roles in the murder of Emile Brin, whose unrecognizable body was found in his mother’s burned-out car in Ham’s Bluff about 14 months ago, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Akeem Stanley, 26, was arrested by members of the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau and charged with first-degree murder and second-degree arson n the July 14, 2018 murder of Brin, according to the VIPD.

The CIB also arrested Josiah Sharplis, 22, on a charge of accessory after the fact (to murder and arson) and misprision of felony in connection to his role in the murder of Brin, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

“Emile Brin was reported missing by his mother on July 14, 2018, and later that day a body was discovered burnt beyond recognition in a vehicle at Ham’s Bluff, Frederiksted,” Dratte said. “Investigation into this matter revealed that he was killed in a home in Frederiksted by Stanley and another and they were assisted by Sharplis to dispose of the body.”

Bail for each man has been set at $1,000,000.00 by a Superior Court judge. 

St. Croix Police Chief  William Harvey thanked Chief Detective Lt. Naomi Joseph and all the members from the Criminal Investigation Bureau to include officers, as they “continue to build  strong cases against individuals committing  crimes.”

“The community’s assistance is extremely  important providing information which allows the detectives to create major breakthroughs in these cases,” Harvey said.

Anyone with information about crime in the territory is asked to call the CIB at 340-778-2211 on St. Croix, 340-774-2211 on St. Thomas, the anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477, where you can earn a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. Or you can call 911

MURDERED: Emile Brin in Ham’s Bluff, Frederiksted on July 14, 2018.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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