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St. Croix Woman Who Beat ‘Friend,’ Stole Her Car And Crashed It, Arrested: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix woman who allegedly beat another woman, stole her car — and then crashed it last month — was arrested on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Milagros Peguero, 39, of Queen Street, Frederiksted, was arrested at 2:46 p.m. Thursday and charged with 1st Degree Assault, Aggravated Assault & Battery, 2nd Degree Robbery, Unauthorized Use of the Vehicle, and Destruction of Property, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“On July 18, Peguero allegedly physically assaulted a female victim near the corner of King Street and Market Street, Frederiksted,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Following the assault, she left the area in the victim’s vehicle, and was involved in a collision, causing damages.”

Bail for Peguero was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Some of the comments on social media today took issue with the use of the word “friend” in the headline.

“You must treat all people as you wish to be treated, Jehovah God’s 2nd Commandment orders us to love our neighbors as ourself,” Joanne Saunders said in the “St. Croix Sync Tank” on Facebook. “What happened?” (aghast and angry emojis).

“Friend?” Linda Halleman Hollingsworth asked.

“That’s not her friend,” Nena Peguero replied to Linda Halleman Hollingsworth.

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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