Category: Crime News

Man Awaiting Murder Trial Tried To Kill Cat And Strangled Girlfriend: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix man awaiting trial for murder allegedly tried to kill a cat and strangled an ex-girlfriend on St. Thomas, authorities said. Calijah Brewley, 22, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence, animal abuse, disturbance of the peace and simple assault-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.  No bail […]

2nd Firefighter Dies as Cuba Controls Big Oil Facility Fire

HAVANA — Officials said that a second firefighter has died in Cuba, where crews have controlled a massive blaze that began last week at a key oil storage facility amid a deepening energy crisis. The 24-year-old firefighter identified as Elier Correa had been hospitalized in extremely critical condition, according to government news site Cubadebate. Another […]

Coast Guard Rescues 68-Year-Old Man From A Capsized Vessel Offshore Pawleys Island

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard Station Georgetown boat crew rescued Stacy Hicks, Thursday, after his vessel capsized nine miles offshore Pawleys Island. A good Samaritan contacted a Station Georgetown watchstander at 6:08 p.m., stating a vessel capsized and a man was in the water wearing a life jacket. The responding Coast Guard boat crew […]

Firefighters Extinguish Fire In La Grande Princesse Wednesday

CHRISTIANSTED — Firefighters responded to a structure on fire on the north shore of St. Croix in the early morning hours Wednesday. The 911 call center dispatched the Virgin Islands Fire and Emergency Medical Services (VIFEMS) to a structure fire in La Grande Princesse at 4:09 a.m., the Office of the Governor said.Three units from […]

Coast Guard Offloads $22 Million in Seized Cocaine in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos and Caribbean Corridor Strike Force agents offloaded 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms) of seized cocaine Monday, following three separate at-sea interdictions near Puerto Rico. Fourteen men, Dominican Republic nationals, apprehended in these cases are facing federal prosecution in Puerto Rico. The seized contraband has an estimated wholesale value of approximately $22 million dollars. These interdictions are the result of multi-agency […]

Coast Guard Cutter Crashes Into Fishing Boat, Killing 1 Fisherman Off Dorado

SAN JUAN — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser and the 23-foot commercial fishing vessel Desakata were involved in a collision Monday afternoon, approximately four nautical miles north of Dorado, Puerto Rico. Following the collision, the crew of the cutter Winslow Griesser recovered the two fishermen aboard Desakata, identified as Carlos Rosario, who was […]

Former Puerto Rican Governor Vazquez Arrested For Accepting Political Favors

SAN JUAN  — Authorities announced criminal charges against former Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez, who was in office from 2019 to 2021, for alleged corruption during her 2020 election campaign. The former governor is charged with conspiracy, federal programs bribery and honest services wire fraud, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement. Vazquez told […]

FBI, VIPD and VIDOJ Investigate Data Breach At OMB

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — VIPD detectives, Virgin Islands Department of Justice agents, alongside an FBI Digital Forensic Team were at the Office of Management and Budget in furtherance of a VIPD-VIDOJ led investigation into a possible digital breach. The VIPD-VIDOJ presence at OMB was at the request of OMB Director Jenifer O’Neal with the intention of protecting […]

Man Calling On His Brother Late At Night Leads To Knock-Down Drag-Out Fight

FREDERIKSTED — A brother asking to see his fraternal sibling late at night caused police to be summoned to a house in Sion Farm where two brothers engaged in a knock-down, drag out fight on Thursday, authorities said. Wayne Sobratti, Jr. of St. Croix was arrested and charged with third-degree assault-domestic violence, simple assault and […]

Repeat Offender Faces 22 Years In Prison After Copping To Carjacking

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man faces a maximum of 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a 2017 carjacking of a St. Croix couple. Luis Davis, 34, of St. Croix, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Emile A. Henderson, III, to using a firearm during a violent […]