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St. Thomas Man Who ‘Flatted’ Woman’s Tires 3 Times Arrested: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who allegedly punctured the tires of his former girlfriend’s vehicle at least three times has been arrested by police, authorities said.

Ja’Koi Bell, 23, of Oswald Harris Court, was arrested at 10:17 a.m. Thursday and charged with destruction of property-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim in this matter, Bell’s former intimate partner, reported on April 27 that Bell punctured the tires on her vehicle on three occasions, and she has observed him doing so in the past,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bell surrendered to police and was placed under arrest by detectives from the Domestic Violence Unit.

VIPD mugshot of Ja’Koi Bell, 23, of Oswald Harris Court in St. Thomas.

He was not offered bail due to the territory’s domestic violence statutes, and he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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