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St. Thomas Man Who Spent Nearly 18 Years On The Run Brought Back To Face Justice

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who spent nearly 18 years on the run from the law, was returned to custody in the territory this weekend, authorities said.

Reynaldo Rafael Rivera, 46, who was incarcerated on unrelated charges in Atlanta, was placed under arrest about 4:40 p.m. on Saturday pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands after being extradited to St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Rivera was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Kenric Troy Mason, who died after being shot on December 26, 2001 in the area of Market Square East, according to the VIPD.

No bail was set for Rivera. He was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569 or the paying anonymous tip line 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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