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Police Need Your Help To Find 17-Year-Old Missing Minor Naydalize Burgos Of St. Croix

KINGSHILL — Police need your help today to find a missing minor on St. Croix, authorities said.

Naydalize Burgos, 17, of Clifton Hill was last seen at her home on Thursday evening, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Burgos is a Black female with brown eyes and red hair who stands 4-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds. She has a fair complexion and has distinguishing marks such as a smiley face piercing and a navel piercing.

If you see Naydalize Burgos please call VIPD Detective Luis Cedano of the Juvenile Investigation Bureau at (340) 712-6139 or (340) 712-6107.

Police issued a “Missing Person/Runaway Minor” poster for Burgos on Twitter at 10:09 a.m. today.

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Clifton Hill Man Accused Of Kidnapping Man At Gunpoint Along Highway: VIPD

KINGSHILL — A St. Croix man is behind bars this morning after police said he kidnapped another man at gunpoint along the Melvin Evans Highway.

Talibe Suleiman, 25, of Clifton Hill, was arrested at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday and charged with first-degree kidnapping, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Suleiman allegedly forced an adult male against his will at gunpoint from the roadside of the Melvin Evans Highway — vicinity of the old HOVENSA Training School — into his vehicle, then headed west,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The victim was located shortly after the incident at the Lorraine Village Apartments with lacerations to the head, according to Derima. He received treatment at the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center.

Sulieman, located at his residence, was placed under arrest, the VIPD said.

Bail for Sulieman was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail, he was placed in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sean Santos, Sr. thanked members of the community who came forward with information to cause the quick apprehension.

“We have the ability to close these cases very quickly when the community assists. Let’s keep up the collaboration, and we can make our islands safer,” Chief Santos said. He encourages the community to contact the VIPD with information on crimes by calling 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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LONG ARM OF THE LAW: Detectives Find Profit Man Hiding In Puerto Rico To Try To Avoid Attempted Murder Charges: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested on attempted murder charges after he allegedly fired gunshots at a person in Clifton Hill nearly three months ago then fled the territory to avoid prosecution, authorities said.

Hezekiah E. Thompson, 18, of Estate Profit, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday and charged with first-degree attempted murder, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm openly or concealed, unauthorized possession of ammunition, and discharging or aiming a firearm, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

‘Thompson is accused of firing several shots at an individual in the Clifton Hill area on February 16, 2020,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said “Thompson was located and detained in Puerto Rico. VIPD detectives traveled to Puerto Rico to take Thompson into custody and return him to the territory to face the charges against him.”

Bail for Thompson was set at $250,000. Unable to make bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

“Thompson was detained by authorities in Puerto Rico and extradited to the Virgin Islands,” Derima told the Virgin Islands Free Press this morning. “Our detectives went to Puerto Rico to pick him up.”

Sidney Elskoe, St. Croix District Chief of Police, commended detectives for Thompson’s arrest and issued a notice to residents who flee the territory after committing crimes to avoid prosecution.

“We have the resources and the tenacity to find suspects of crime, even if they leave the territory,” Chief Elskoe said. “Let this arrest be an example to everyone who thinks they can leave the Virgin Islands and get away. We will find you.”

Thompson was arrested by VIPD detectives based on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.