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St. Croix Man Faces 1 Year In Prison For Fleeing Rangers After Buck Island Brawl

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man who fled in a speed boat after shots were fired during a Buck Island brawl admitted to resisting arrest charges in federal court on Monday.

Aneudis Acevedo, 32, pleaded guilty to resisting or impeding an officer of the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Acevedo made his guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock, Shappert said.

According to court documents, in the late afternoon of January 10, 2021, shots were fired on the Buck Island Reef National Monument after a fight occurred on the beach.

Immediately after the shots were fired, Acevedo fled the scene in his boat at a high rate of speed while carrying several

Acevedo fled from a National Park Service boat and officer, disobeying multiple orders directing him to stop. At one point during the pursuit, the boats physically came into contact, but Acevedo continued to flee.

Acevedo forced the National Park Service boat to abandon the pursuit after he went into shallow channels by a reef.

The United States Coast Guard assisted and approximately two hours later took the defendant into custody on the south side of the island of St. Croix.

However, at that point the boat passengers were no longer on the boat.

Acevedo is scheduled to be sentenced on February 16, 2022 and faces up to one year in prison.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The National Park Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Huston is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

For more information on the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, please see:

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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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