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Wanted Florida Fugitive Detained By VIPD After Outstanding Warrant Found At Airport Screening

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A wanted Florida fugitive from justice was arrested when he tried unsuccessfully to clear airport screening at Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas yesterday, authorities said.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau traveled to Cyril E. King Airport to detain 33-year-old Randolph Donovan Jr., after they were notified that he was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents about 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.  

Donovan Jr., of Estate Wintberg, was found to have an active warrant out of the State of Florida. He was then transported to the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex pending a notification from the State of Florida, according to the VIPD.

The State of Florida responded and said that they would pursue charges against Donovan Jr. He was then booked, processed and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections Detention Center.  

Donovan Jr. was hailed as hero by everyone from Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. to CNN after he helped two other men rescue a wheelchair-bound cruise passenger who fell off the WICO dock on August 17.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. Tameka Scatliffe
    October 11, 2019 at 12:40 PM — Reply

    Ain’t this the same guy that was deemed a “hero”?.omg

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