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Man Talking On His Phone In His Car Robbed At Gunpoint Of His Car At Soccer Stadium: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man talking on his cell phone in his car was robbed at gunpoint of his belongings and his sedan near a soccer field in Upper Bethlehem early Monday morning, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a robbery that took place at the Bethlehem Soccer Stadium, just north of Aureo Diaz Heights at 2:00 a.m. Monday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim reported that he was at the soccer field on his phone when he was approached by two males who pointed guns at him and ordered him to leave the area on foot,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “He complied and ran away from the area leaving his belongings behind.”

The suspects left the area in the victim’s car, a gray four-door Chevrolet Cavalier, according to Derima.

Police described the first suspect as a Black male, with short, spiky hair on top his head and the sides cut low, wearing long pants and a gray vest. The second suspect is described as being an Hispanic-looking male with short hair. He was wearing a black shirt and three-quarter pants.

The VIPD is appealing to the community to report anything they may know about this incident by calling 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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