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VIPD: Wanted Poster Issued For Accused Murderer Antonio ‘Soda’ Gooding

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police still need your help to find a St. Thomas man wanted for questioning in a murder case that occurred at one of the territory’s most popular beaches.

Antonio “Soda” Gooding, 20, is wanted in reference to a homicide that happened on June 6, 2019 at Coki Point beach, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Two VIPD photos of 20-year-old Antonio “Soda” Gooding.

Gooding is a black male who stands about 6-feet, 0-inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, according to the VIPD.

The VIPD said late that the photo it issued on January 8 for Gooding was not the suspect, according to police spokesman Toby Derima.

WANTED BY THE VIPD: Antonio “Soda” Gooding, 20, on St. Thomas.

“The VIPD would like to sincerely apologize to the individual in the photograph, to his family, and to the community for submitting incorrect information,” Derima said, adding that the current photos are correct.

The VIPD is asking anyone who knows Gooding’s whereabouts to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) at (340) 774-2211 extension 5554, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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