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September Stabbing, Disfigurement Was Caught On Surveillance Video: Suspect Arrested On Friday

CRUZ BAY — A joint task force of local and federal officers arrested a man on St. John because he allegedly stabbed someone and disfigured them three months ago — and it was all captured on surveillance video, authorities said.

Virgin Islands Police Department officers along with the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Samuel Ariel Acosta de la Cruz of Enighed, St. John about 5 a.m. on Friday on a warrant for mayhem, according to the VIPD.

“On September 15, Ariel assaulted the victim by striking him with a bottle and stabbing him with an unknown object,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The assault was caught on surveillance footage.”

Bail for Acosta de la Cruz was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

This case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 ext. 5579 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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