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St. Thomas Man Hailed As A Hero In August Exposed As A Goat In October

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man went from hero to goat in just two short months.

Federal authorities said that Randolph Donovan, Jr., a man working as a stilt walker for the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) at the Cyril E. King Airport on Wednesday.

(from left) Randolp Donovan, Jr. , DJ Kashief Hamilton, Captain Candeloro Donato and an unidentifiied Carnival Cruise Line employee on the Carnival Fascination in August.

Donovan, of Estate Wintberg, was a fugitive from justice wanted by the State of Florida, according to the CBP.

Everyone from the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands to CNN, hailed Donovan as a hero for helping at least two other men to rescue a wheelchair-bound Carnival Fascination passenger who fell off the WICO dock on August 17.

On Wednesday, everyone from the VIPD to the CBP was saying that Donovan was awaiting extradition on an “active warrent” from Florida.

Donovan was turned over to the Virgin Islands Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte.

“Background checks revealed that Donovan Jr. has an active warrant in Florida and is considered a fugitive fleeing justice,” Dratte said.

VIPD MUG SHOT: Of Randolph Donovan, Jr., 33, of Estate Wintberg on St. Thomas.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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