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Armed Robbery Near Refinery Fails When Masked Suspects Can’t Start Motorcycle: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — Two masked “Hispanic males” jumped out of a silver minivan and pointed guns at a motorcycle rider in a robbery attempt near the South Shore refinery’s residential area on Saturday night, authorities said.

Officers were dispatched to a reported assault near the Limetree Bay terminals man camp in Castle Coakley about 9:29 p.m. on Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The victim reported that two Hispanic males wearing masks exited a silver minivan, pointed guns at him and demanded his motorcycle, according to the VIPD.

“He said that he was assaulted by one of the suspects,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The suspects were not able to start his motorcycle to take it, and they subsequently left the area in their vehicle.”

The victim declined medical attention, according to Derima.

Anyone with information that can help police solve this crime is asked to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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