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St. Croix Man Offers To Drive Woman Home, But Rapes Her Along The Way

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man offered to drive a woman home, but first took a detour along the way in order to rape her, authorities said.

Police were notified of a first-degree rape at 5:58 p.m. on Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

A female victim reported that she accepted a ride home from a male acquaintance, according to the VIPD.

“The male took her against her will to a different location, where he sexually assaulted her,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim stated that she was in fear for her life during the encounter. The male took her home after the incident.”

This case is currently under active investigation.

If you have information that can help police solve this crime, please 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 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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