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TICKET TO PARADISE? St. Thomas Vacation Could Land New Jersey Man Back In Jail

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Leaving all his cares behind on the mainland for a stress-free vacation in St. Thomas could send a New Jersey man on a harsh trip back to prison.

Luis C. Cancio, 38, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was arrested April 12 at King Airport on St. Thomas as he was attempting to leave the territory aboard a flight bound for Newark, Virgin Islands Justice Department Media Relations Director Sandra Goomansingh said.

Cancio was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers and arrested by Virgin Islands police officers.

According to Goomansingh, Cancio, who had been convicted of manslaughter in the second degree, was on parole after being released from prison early. A warrant was issued from his arrest after he failed to inform New Jersey officials he was traveling to the Virgin Islands.

Cancio is being held by the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections without bail, pending an extradition hearing which he voluntarily waived and was extradited on Wednesday by New Jersey parole agents.

Meanwhile, people on social media felt that there was a easier solution for law enforcement in the curious case of Mr. Cancio.

“Sheer genius! We can arrest this guy, pay for jail, court, etc. and extradite him to NJ,” Andy Young said on St. Thomas. “Or,,,,, since he’s going to NJ and that’s where he’s wanted, we could call NJPD and say ‘guess who is gonna land in Newark in a couple hours?’ No-brainer, waste our money!”

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