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VIPD: Edictor ‘Puddy’ Manuel Esquillin Taken Into Official Custody Over 2019 Stabbing

FREDERIKSTED — Police in St. Croix say that a 34-year-old Concordia West man has turned himself into authorities.

Edictor “Puddy” Esquillin is accused of the attempted stabbing murder of an unidentified St. Croix man, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Esquillin was arrested at 10:39 a.m. based on a Superior Court bench warrant for first-degree attempted murder, according to the VIPD.

VIPD mugshot of Edictor “Puddy” Manuel Esquillin.

“Esquillin was identified as the individual who stabbed the victim on Nov. 19, 2019 causing injuries that required medical attention out of the territory,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Esquillin turned himself in to police after learning of the warrant for his arrest.”

Bail for Esquillin 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.

“The VIPD would like to thank the public for its cooperation as we searched for this individual,” Derima said.

Esquillin has changed his appearance at least two times since police first announced that they were looking for him.

The VIPD said it encourages anyone with information on crimes to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477 (TIPS).

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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