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Police Were Searching For Missing New York Bartender Because He Was Wanted On Domestic Violence Charge

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — New York bartender Lubens Besse was described by the Virgin Islands Police Department as a “missing person” on Twitter Friday.

The VIPD said on Saturday that his girlfriend in Susannaberg, St. John reported him missing on Wednesday

but it was not disclosed by authorities that the 33-year-old Besse was also wanted on a domestic violence charge.

Police found New York state native Besse at Red Hook, St. Thomas about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the VIPD.

“Besse was previously wanted for assaulting his girlfriend on October 11,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said today.

After being transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) for medical evaluation, he was arrested and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence, Derima said.

Besse was not offered bail, as per the territory’s domestic violence laws. He was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Lubens Besse, 33, a current St. John resident from Hempstead, New York on Facebook.

Besse says on social media that he is from Hempstead, New York and is the beverage director of Cole’s Greenwich Village in New York City.

He also said that he is the former bartender at Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown in New York City.

Chilled Magazine said in a profile of Besse as a “mixologist” that he was an American of “Haitian descent.”

Besse said on Facebook that he is “an explorer at life.”

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this news article are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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