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St. Thomas Couple Used 2 St. Croix ‘Hitmen’ To Torture Kidnapping Victim For Hours

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A second person has been charged in the brutal kidnapping and hours-long torture of St. Thomas man on Monday, authorities said.

Louvina Pringle is accused with Troy Harrigan of presiding over the merciless kidnapping and torture of an unnamed St. Thomas man, Superior Court documents indicate.

Harrigan, 51, of Estate Tutu, was arrested Monday evening and charged with false imprisonment and kidnapping for ransom, third-degree assault, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and possession of a dangerous weapon, according to Superior Court documents.

The FBI and VIPD arrested the 42-year-old Pringle at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Harrigan and Pringle, a St. Thomas couple, are each accused of masterminding a terrifying kidnapping and hours of torture by two St. Croix “hitmen,” that only ended when an alert Virgin Islands police officer saw the victim trying to flee, Superior Court documents indicate.

Pringle, of Oswald Harris Court, is also charged with conspiracy, false Imprisonment, kidnapping, and aiding and abetting, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Pringle is alleged to have been involved in the kidnapping of a man in St. Thomas on September 14,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Investigation into this incident is still ongoing, Derima said.

Police are urging anyone with information in this case to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5608, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477. If you saw, heard or know something, please say something.

All people listed as arrested or charged with a crime in the official VIPD 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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