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Teenage Murder Suspect Jerome ‘Romes’ Wallace III Arrested In Upstate New York, Sheriff’s Office Says

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix teenager accused of murder in the territory was found hiding about 110 miles from New York City, authorities said.

Jerome “Romes” Wallace III, 19, of Strawberry Hill, was apprehended near Poughkeepsie, New York on June 24 on an active arrest warrant out of St. Croix for murder and other charges, the Duchess County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Wallace appeared on the Virgin Islands Police Department’s arrest log on July 11, but VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said the arrest was made by the Virgin Islands Department of Justice’s Agent “T. Turnbull.”

Wallace was charged by the VIDOJ in St. Thomas with murder, assault, firearms possession, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

Wallace was tracked down and arrested by the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson said. 

Wallace was located and arrested in the Town of Fishkill by the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division.

After being processed he was arraigned before Dutchess County Court and was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail with no bail.

Wallace remains at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility while awaiting trial here in the territory.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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