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Smithfield Woman Charged After Strangling Family Member During Argument: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — When words alone could not convey her message during an argument, a St. Croix woman allegedly turned to brute force and has been arrested on domestic violence related charges after choking her victim.

Gloria Gerard, 61, of Estate Smithfield, was arrested at 3:14 a.m. Monday and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Gerard allegedly strangled a family member during a disagreement, causing visible injuries,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail was not offered to Gerard due to the territory’s domestic violence statutes. She was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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

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