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Armed Robbers Gun Butt Victim Before Snatching Gold Chains And Cell Phone From Bar Patrons: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two armed, masked robbers gun butted a male victim and took jewelry and a cell phone by force at a downtown St. Thomas bar just after midnight, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a robbery that occurred outside the Bliss Bar on Back Street, Charlotte Amalie about 12:18 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The female victim reported to police that she and a male friend were standing outside the establishment when a vehicle pulled up to them, according to the VIPD.

“According to the victim, two black males wearing masks and armed with guns exited the vehicle and robbed them of jewelry and a mobile phone,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The male victim suffered a minor injury when one of the suspects pressed his firearm against his head, causing a small contusion.”

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, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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