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Boyfriend Gets Burglary and Home Invasion Charge After Girlfriend Found Dead In Annaly

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested on domestic violence-related charges after his girlfriend was found dead in a shallow grave near Annaly, authorities said.

Daivys Renaldo Vasquez, 51, of Annaly, was charged with first-degree burglary and home invasion, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The family of Robin Hitesman reported her missing and said that they had not seen her since October 4 about 6:00 p.m. and that she was last seen with her live-in boyfriend, Renaldo Vasquez. 

Robin Hitesman called the police at 6:50 p.m., on October 4, 2019 and reported that Renaldo Vasquez struck her with a machete. Police checked the area for him with negative results.  

On October 8, 2019, Hitesman’s family began searching the area around the home in Annaly, Frederiksted and discovered a female body partially buried in a ravine.

The body was unearthed with the help of St. Croix Rescue and turned over to the medical examiner’s assistant. She was positively identified as 56-years-old Robin Hitesman by her family.  

A search was made on the island for Renaldo Vasquez who was located in Christiansted and taken into custody.  

He was later arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and home invasion. No bail was set as per the domestic violence statue, Vasquez was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections Detention Center, pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

The investigation into the murder of Hitesman continues. The Hitesman family reported Robin missing on October 8, 2019, at about 2:00 p.m.

Robin Hitesman called the police at 6:50 p.m., on October 4, 2019 and reported that her boyfriend struck her with a machete. Police checked the area for him with negative results.  

On October 8, 2019, Hitesman’s family began searching the area around the home in Annaly, Frederiksted and discovered a female body partially  buried in a ravine. The body was unearthed with the help of St. Croix Rescue and turned over to the medical examiner’s assistant. She was positively identified as 56-years-old Robin Hitesman by her family.  

A search was made on the island for her boyfriend 51-year-old Daivys Renaldo Vasquez who was located in Christiansted and taken into custody.  

He was later arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and home invasion. No bail was set as per the DV statue, Vasquez was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections Detention Center, pending advice of rights hearing.

The investigation into the murder of Ms. Hitesman continues.

The Criminal Investigations Bureau continues to ask for the community’s assistant for information leading to an arrest. Call the CIB at 340 778-2211 , Crime Stoppers VI at 1800 222 TIPS or 911

The Criminal Investigations Bureau continues to ask for the community’s assistant for information leading to an arrest. Call the CIB at 340 778-2211 , Crime Stoppers VI at 1800 222 TIPS or 911

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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