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Bovoni Man With Weapon Allegedly Beats Former Girlfriend After Breaking In

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man allegedly broke into his former girlfriend’s residence and beat her while he had a weapon, authorities said.

Merwin C. Potter, Jr. of Estate Bovoni turned himself in to detectives of the Domestic Violence Unit, who arrested and charged him with second-degree assault-domestic violence about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Police officers were sent by emergency dispatchers to a residence in Anna’s Retreat in reference to an assault on Monday, according to the VIPD.

“The victim stated that Potter, who is her former boyfriend, entered her residence without permission and assaulted her while he was in possession of a firearm,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim sustained minor injuries in the incident.”

Potter was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

No bail was set as per territorial domestic violence laws.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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