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Hospital Street Man Arrested For Motor Oil Vandalism Of 4 F’sted Buildings: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — Diligent detective work has paid off!

Police on Friday arrested a St. Croix man they say is responsible for the vandalism incidents that took place last weekend.

Jimmy “Tayi” Navarro, 46, of Hospital Street, Frederiksted, was arrested at 2:33 p.m. Friday on a warrant for five counts of destruction of Property and five counts of being a public nuisance, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD mugshot of Jimmy “Tayi” Navarro, 46, of Hospital Street, Frederiksted.

“Navarro was identified as the individual who threw motor oil on the walls and floors of the exteriors of the office of the Delegate to Congress, the Supreme Court, Frederiksted Health Care and the Frederiksted Post Office between February 15 and February 18,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Navarro 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.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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