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St. Thomas Man Who Sicced Attack Dog On Police Officer Charged With Assault: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who allegedly turned his attack dog loose on a police officer in Old Tutu was arrested today after he voluntarily turned himself in without incident, authorities said.

Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, 26, of Annas Retreat, was arrested at 2:38 p.m. today and charged with third-degree assault, aggravated assault on law enforcement officer, disturbance of the peace, second-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with officer discharging his duty, inciting dog to attack, and dog at large (failure to leash), the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD mugshot of Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, 26, of Anna’s Retreat on St. Thomas.

Cumberbatch was arrested regarding an incident that occurred on February 16, when officers were dispatched to his residence to investigate a report of shots fired, according to the VIPD.

“Officers encountered Cumberbatch who verbally challenged officers,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “During the confrontation, Cumberbatch’s dog, which was not restrained, attacked an officer.”

The VIPD issued a wanted posted for Cumberbatch today prior to his voluntarily turning himself into authorities without incident.

WANTED POSTER: Issued today by the VIPD in connection to a vicious Old Tutu dog attack in February allegedly directed by Jo’Quanni Cumberbatch, 26, of Anna’s Retreat on St. Thomas.

Bail for Cumberbatch was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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