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Ganja Accessories Store Owner Fights Off 2 St. Thomas Men In Robbery Attempt: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A marijuana accessories store owner fought off two St. Thomas men trying to rob him as he was trying to open his store on Wednesday, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Baly’s Hemp World VI, located in Smith Bay, in reference to a robbery at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim reported that two armed male suspects attempted to rob him as he was opening the business for the day,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim stated that a physical altercation ensued between him and the suspects, and they subsequently fled the area in an eastward direction.”

The victim sustained minor injuries in the incident but did not require medical treatment, according to Derima.

This case is currently under active investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610 or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS (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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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