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Second Suspect Arrested in Market Square Homicide

Second Suspect Arrested in Market Square Homicide

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police yesterday arrested a second man in connection with the Sunday morning shooting death of Marcos Antonio Benjamin Guerrero near Rothschild Francis “Market” Square.

Aneudy Guerero, 22, of St. Thomas was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree assault, third-degree assault, use of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence, aiding & abetting, misprision of a felony and accessory after the fact, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Investigation revealed that Aneudy Guerero, aided and abetted Luis Manuel Mota Rivas, who shot Mr. Marcos Guerrero multiple times, as Mr. Guerrero sat in his vehicle, after exiting a bar and restaurant in the downtown area,” VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said.

VIPD mugshot of Aneudy Guerero, 22, on St. Thomas.

The two men, suspect and victim with similarly spelled surnames, are not related, according to VIPD spokeswoman Kishma Chichester.

Rivas, 30, was arrested about 2:00 p.m. on Monday, according to the VIPD.

Police have said that the shooting occurred around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, after a concerned citizen called 911 to report a man shot near Market Square.

Responding police units made contact with an unresponsive male, who appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Emergency Medical Technicians were also on the scene and attempted to render life saving measures. The male was transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The male victim was later identified as Marcos Antonio Benjamin Guerreo, a native of the Dominican Republic.

Monday’s arrest of Guerero was conducted by detectives with the VIPD’s Major Crimes Unit without incident, according to Dratte.

No bail was set for Guerero who awaits an advice-of-rights hearing in Superior Court.

Anyone with more information about this incident is urged to please contact the VIPD at 340-774-2211, the Criminal Investigation Unit’s Major Crimes Division at 340-642-8449 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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