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Patrol Officer Thwarts St. Thomas Kidnapping On Monday: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Virgin Islands police officer is being credited with saving a St. Thomas man’s life after foiling an attempted kidnapping on Monday.

Troy A. Harrigan, 51, of Estate Tutu was arrested at 7:00 p.m. Monday and charged with false imprisonment and kidnapping, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Harrigan is accused of kidnapping a man at gunpoint,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim was bound and assaulted.”

The victim was rescued by a police officer on routine patrol, Derima said.

The victim was transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment of the injuries he sustained in the incident.

Bail for Harrigan was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip commended the unnamed officer who saved the victim’s life.

Chief Phillip encouraged anyone with information about this incident to say something to detectives by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5608, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477.

“Well done! Love my police department. Great job! We have the best,” Seeta Butler said from St. Croix on Facebook.

All individuals mentioned as arrested or charged with a crime in this official press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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