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MUDDAHS-‘KUNTZ’! Pipe-Hitting Thomian Arrested For May Attack At CEK Airport: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man who allegedly beat a man with a lead pipe at the St. Thomas airport in May was arrested by police early this morning, authorities said.

Atnel O. Kuntz, 60, of Anna’s Retreat, was arrested at 7:00 a.m. today and charged with third-degree assault, use of dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime, first-degree reckless endangerment, Instigating a fight, and disturbance of the peace, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Kuntz was observed on video surveillance assaulting a victim with a metal pipe at the Cyril E. King Airport on May 25,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Kuntz was captured on airport surveillance video delivering the lead pipe beating to the victim, according to Derima.

The St. Thomas native surrendered to police without incident this morning after he learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, according to the VIPD.

Kuntz was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections after failing to post $30,000 bail, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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