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St. Thomas Man Allegedly Chokes Woman, Charged With Assault: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was charged with assault after he allegedly choked a woman, authorities said.

Chandler Heath, 28, of Estate Thomas was arrested at 5:08 p.m. Tuesday and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim reported that she was assaulted by Heath, who is her daughter’s father, on February 29,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “She stated that he came to her residence and strangled her as she opened her door, leaving minor injuries.”

Chandler was arrested by police detectives from the Domestic Violence Unit.

Bail was not offered to Heath as per the local domestic violence law.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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