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St. Thomas Man Who Takes Bat And Knife To Victim Near Cruise Ship Dock Arrested

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who allegedly hit a person with a bat and threatened them with a knife near the cruise ship dock was arrested Tuesday, authorities said.

Shakim Gumbs, 39, of the Estate Bovoni Apartments, was arrested at 7:49 a.m. on September 28 and charged with third-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Gumbs allegedly assaulted the victim with a bat at a bus stop in Long Bay and was later found in possession of the bat and knife he used to threaten the victim,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Gumbs was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Gumbs was charged with simple assault-domestic violence in August of 2020 for allegedly assaulting a relative, according to police records.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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