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VIPD: Man Takes Cell Phones, Jewelry From People At Gunpoint In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An armed man was prowling the streets of St. Thomas in the wee hours Saturday looking cell phones and jewelry, authorities said.

Teavon Browne, 34, of Anna’s Retreat was arrested about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday and charged with first-degree robbery, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Browne was identified as the person who robbed the victims of jewelry and electronic devices at gunpoint,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Browne was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

“Oh my. He also resembles the rapist composite from a while back,” Hortensia Encarnacion said on Facebook.

VIPD sketch of East End St. Thomas rapist

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

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) at (340) 774-2211, extension 5610.

They can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477, the Office of the Chief of Police at (340) 715-5548 or the Office of the Police Commissioner at (340) 715-5506.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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