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Domestic Violence Case Escalates From Beatings And Thievery To Arson: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man who illegally entered his ex-girlfriend’s home last month and beat her and stole things from her was arrested on arson charges Saturday night, authorities said.

Dasha Graham, 24, of Candido Guadalupe Terrace in Estate Slob was arrested at 9:20 p.m. Saturday and charged with first-degree arson, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Earlier that day, the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a car fire in Estate La Reine, according to the VIPD.

“Investigation revealed that the vehicle is owned by a female who was formerly in a relationship with Graham, and that Graham was the individual who set the vehicle on fire,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Graham was also arrested on February 5 for entering the same victim’s home without permission, taking items, and assaulting her.

Graham was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his court appearance.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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