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Heated Discussion In St. John Leads To Man Being Hit On The Head With Brick

CRUZ BAY — Police say a St. John man turned himself in after allegedly hitting another man over the head with a brick during an argument in Susannaberg early Sunday morning.

A St. John man in told officers at 12:36 a.m. Sunday that he had been assaulted by another man in Susannaberg, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Oswin A. Richards, 57, of Estate Pastory. was charged with third-degree assault, according to the VIPD.

“Allegedly, Richards assaulted the victim with a cement brick causing injuries to the victim’s head and face, which resulted in a concussion,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

At about 4:15 p.m. on July 11, Richards turned himself in to police at the Leander Jurgen Command in Cruz Bay, where he was placed under arrest, according to Derima.

He was unable to post $25,000 bail and subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

This case continues to be under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 or Crime  Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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