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VIPD: St. John Man Wanted In Double Murder Who Fled To Puerto Rico Is Arrested

CRUZ BAY — A St. John man who allegedly fled to Puerto Rico before he could be charged in connection to a shooting that left two people dead at a Contant bar in December is in official custody today, authorities said.

Charlie Manuel Castillo Borg, 26 of Estate Adrian was arrested at 4:40 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for possession of an unlicensed firearm and unauthorized possession of ammunition, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“This arrest is in connection the shooting at the Exclusive Bar & Lounge Nightclub in Contant on December 22, 2019 that left two people dead,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Major Crime Unit detectives learned that Borg had fled to Puerto Rico, Derima said.

“(Borg) was detained in Puerto Rico and extradited back to the territory to face his charges,” he said.

Bail for Borg was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

The VIPD urges anyone with information on crimes to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477 (TIPS).

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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