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St. Thomas Stalker Follows Woman Home From Fruit Stand And Rapes Her: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A woman told police that a stalker followed her home from a Frydendal fruit stand and snuck into her home and raped her, authorities said.

Detectives were dispatched to the Schneider Regional Medical Center in reference to a sexual assault allegation made about 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim reported that while with friends in the area of the Fruit Stand, she was approached by a person familiar to her,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “She stated that while departing the area, the male attempted to talk to her, but she dismissed him and continued home.”

Typical fruit stand in St. Thomas

The woman said that she locked and secured her residence before going to bed, and subsequently awakened to the same male intruder in her room, according to Derima.

“She said that she pushed him off and ran to a nearby apartment,” he said, adding that the woman was raped.

Police are investigating the matter as a first-degree rape, according to a prepared statement from the VIPD.

It is currently under active investigation by the Domestic Violence Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is asked to call 911, the Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 774-2211 or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

The Fruit Stand is located in Estate Frydendal on St. Thomas.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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