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Help Police Find Dominican Wanted For Smashing Beer Bottle On Woman’s Face

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau is seeking any information on whereabouts of Maria Teresa Mercedes.

Mercedes of Anna’s Retreat is wanted for third-degree assault, according to the VIPD.

“She assaulted a female with a beer bottle causing a laceration to her face,” VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said. “The subject frequently is seen in Smith Bay and works in several bars.”

Help Police Find Dominican Wanted For Smashing Beer Bottle On Woman's Face

If you see Maria Teresa Mercedes, you are asked to please apprehend her and notify 911 and Detective B. Bedminster of the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 Ext 5608.

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Man Wanted In Brutal Pool Cue Stick Attack On Woman At Bar Arrested By Police: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man wanted for a brutal pool cue stick attack on a woman at an Anna’s Retreat bar has been taken into police custody.

Rasissachar “Ras I“ Peterson, 26, of St. Thomas, was arrested at 10:52 a.m. Monday and charged with third-degree assault and disturbance of the peace, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Peterson, who has been wanted for an assault at Veggie Plus in Anna’s Retreat since Friday, turned himself in without incident to the Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to the VIPD.

“The assault took place on March 20, 2022, at the Veggie Plus bar where Peterson struck the victim with a wooden pool stick to her head,” VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said. “The victim suffered a severe injury and was rushed to the hospital by a private vehicle for treatment, the victim received nine staples to her head for her injury and was discharged.”

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

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Haitian National Gone Since Monday On St. Thomas Still Missing On Her Birthday Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police issued a missing poster for a Haitian national who has been missing for five days on St. Thomas.

Mikerlange Damier, 36, of Port-au-Prince, was last seen in Anna’s Retreat on Monday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Damier is described as a Black female who stands 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. She has black hair and a slim build. She was last seen wearing a grey shirt, black long pants, and a bonnet and jacket of unknown colors.

Damier turned 36 years old today. She was born on March 19, 1986, according to the VIPD.

Haitian National Gone Since Monday On St. Thomas Still Missing On Her Birthday Today

Damier’s husband went to the police station at 7:47 a.m. Tuesday and reported her missing, according to police. He said he had last seen her Monday in the area of 404-107 Anna’s Retreat and had not heard from her since.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, ext. 5554, the Major Crimes Unit at 340-642-8449, or the anonymous tip service, CrimeStoppers USVI at 800-222-8477.

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Passengers Try To Stick-Up Taxicab Driver When He Arrives In Anna’s Retreat: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police are investigating after officers were dispatched to Anna’s Retreat to investigate an attempted armed robbery at 12:51 p.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The victim in this case, a taxicab driver, reported that he received a call for service to pick up passengers in that area, according to the VIPD.

“Upon arrival, he encountered two unknown males wearing all black, one with a dark complexion and the other with a light complexion,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “When he approached the males, one of them brandished a handgun and attempted to rob him. The victim stated that he managed to escape, and as he fled, he heard several shots fired.”

Detectives urge anyone with information about this incident to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5575, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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Joseph Gomez Elementary School Closed Today Due To Death Of Paraprofessional

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Joseph Gomez Elementary School will be closed today due to the passing of a staff member, the Virgin Islands Department of Education said.

St. Thomas District leaders have activated the crisis response team to make counseling services available to anyone in need at the Anna’s Retreat facility, according to the DOE.

The school is expected to resume normal operations tomorrow, the department said.

Joseph Gomez Elementary School Closed Today Due To Death Of Paraprofessional

“The Department of Education extends sincere condolences to the Joseph Gomez Elementary School family, the St. Thomas-St. John District, and to the family, friends, and loved ones of our late employee,” it said in a prepared statement.

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2 Men Dressed In Black Shoot Man Near Alvin McBean Ballpark Last Night: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who was shot in the foot by two men dressed in near the ballpark in Anna’s Retreat last night told police he doesn’t know who fired the shots that wounded him.

Police officers, responding to a call of shots fired, were dispatched at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday to Anna’s Retreat, in the vicinity of the Alvin McBean Recreational Complex, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center subsequently received a report of a gunshot victim who arrived at the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC), according to the VIPD.

“The male gunshot victim reported that two men opened fire on him while he was walking in the Anna’s Retreat area,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “He said the men, dressed in black, walked toward him holding a firearm.”

The unidentified victim told officers that “he did not know who shot him or why he was shot.”  The two suspects remain at large.

“The victim stated that the men opened fire and he took evasive action to avoid injury. He said he felt pain in his foot and realized he had been shot,” Derima added.

Detectives urge everyone with information to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

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St. Thomas’ Cecil Rouse Gets 15 Years In Prison For Shooting His Wife In The Stomach During An Argument In Anna’s Retreat

St. Thomas' Cecil Rouse Gets 15 Years In Prison For Shooting His Wife In The Stomach During An Argument In Anna's Retreat

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was given 15 years in prison in Superior Court for trying to kill his wife, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Cecil Rouse, 66, of Anna’s Retreat, shot his wife in the abdomen on May 11, 2012. Rouse was convicted on charges of first-degree attempted murder, unauthorized use of a firearm during the commission of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of third-degree assault-domestic violence and two counts of unauthorized use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Rouse spoke to those assembled in the courtroom at the sentencing hearing.

“I really don’t know what happened,” Rouse said. “Everybody keep telling me what happened. I have no idea.”

According to court documents, police arrested Rouse on May 22, 2012 after his wife told investigators that her husband shot her during an argument at their home.

Rouse also pointed a gun at one of his daughters when she ran into the bedroom after hearing the shot he fired at her mother.

The injured woman and her two daughters managed to escape from the house and sought help from a neighbor.

The woman was taken to the Schneider Regional Medical Center and treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The victim had to undergo eight surgeries because the bullet was lodge in her spine, according to court records.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen sentenced Rouse to 15 years in prison with five years suspended for first-degree murder; 10 years and a $1,000 fine for unauthorized use of a firearm during the commission of attempted murder; 15 years with no possibility of parole or probation and a fine of $25,000 for third-degree assault-domestic violence; five years for unauthorized use of a firearm during the commssion of a third-degree assault; two years for third-degree assault-domestic violence for pointing a gun at his daughter; and one year for unauthorized use of a firearm during the commission of a third-degree assault.

MacKay ordered that all of the sentences be served concurrently with credit for time served while awaiting trial for five years.

Rouse was also assessed $75 in court costs. The case was prosecuted successfully by Assistant Attorney General Eugene Connor, Jr.

The V.I. Department of Justice headed by Attorney General Claude Walker did not contribute to this information being made available to the public in this report.

https://vifreepress.com/2016/08/sentencing-cecil-rouse-convicted-killing-wife-delayed/

http://www.vipd.gov.vi/public_interest/Press_Releases/Show_Press_Release/12-05-23/Persons_Committing_Domestic_Violence_are_Arrested.aspx