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3 Armed Men Go Into Whim Home, Tie Up Owner Looking For Valuables Today: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — Three armed men went into a house in Estate Whim in a home invasion and tied up the owner and then began looking for valuables in the house, authorities said.

Police were notified of a home invasion victim by an unidentified man who had fled to the Frederiksted Health Care Clinic about 10:40 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim reported that he was at his residence in Estate Whim when three unknown males with guns forced their way in the home,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim stated that he attempted to defend himself, but the suspects overpowered and restrained him.”

The man, who apparently works for the Frederiksted Health Care clinic, was eventually able to untie himself.

“The victim said that the suspects searched the residence, prior to fleeing in a vehicle,” Derima said. “The victim explained that he was able to free himself and caught a ride to the clinic before subsequently being transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center for further treatment.”

This case is currently under active investigation.

If anyone has any information on this matter, please call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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