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VIPD: Suspect Who Allegedly Stabbed Man In Fight Arrested On St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man accused of stabbing another man during a fight downtown on Wednesday evening has been arrested by police, authorities said.

Antonio Matos, 25 of Dronnigens Gade, Charlotte Amalie was arrested about 7:43 p.m. and charged with first-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

About an hour earlier, officers were dispatched to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in reference to an assault victim. Investigation revealed that a physical altercation ensued between the victim and Matos, according to the VIPD.

“During the altercation, Matos reportedly stabbed the victim,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim drove himself to the hospital to receive medical treatment for his injuries, and he is in stable condition.”

A witness to the incident told police where the suspect could be located. Matos was located at his residence and placed under arrest.

Bail for Matos 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.

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

Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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