Refinery Worker Accused Of Rape Captured In Louisiana After Fleeing Territory To Avoid Criminal Charges
CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix refinery worker who allegedly raped a woman this year and then fled the territory to avoid charges has been captured on the U.S. mainland, authorities said.
Jason L. Ribardi of Abbeville, Louisiana, is charged with the sexual assault of a female that occurred in January, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.
Once Ribardi was tracked down to Louisiana, he unsuccessfully fought extradition back to the U.S. Virgin Islands to face criminal charges, according to the VIPD.
“Caught in Louisiana, he fought extradition to the VI, but was ordered released to the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau,” police said.
Ribardi said on social media that he works as an “instrument fitter foreman” for EXCEL Midstream Solutions, Inc. which is based out of Houston, Texas.
The news of Ribardi’s arrest was posted to Twitter at 10:24 a.m. today.
“Merry cristmas or happy honica or whatever to all always be happy #love,” Ribardi wrote on Twitter.
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.