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Police Were Waiting For Attempted Murder Suspect Near His Home After BOLO Issued

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — CIB detectives were waiting for Cuthbert Dabrio, Jr. near his residence in Contant area after a wanted poster was issued for his arrest in connection to a shooting incident this weekend.

Two male victims were shot Saturday in Subbase and sustained serious injuries to their leg, shoulder, chest and spine, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Cuthbert Dabrio, Jr. was then taken into custody and transported to the Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex, according to the VIPD.

Dabrio, 20, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, use of a firearm during a crime of violence, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, first-degree reckless endangerment, mayhem, second-degree reckless endangerment in connection to the shooting, VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said. 

Dabrio was booked, processed, and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Right Hearing. Bail was set at $200,000.00 by order of the Magistrate Court of the Virgin Islands. 

“There a was witness who came forward, and it takes a community’s effort to fight crime,” St. Thomas/St. John Acting Chief Clayton Brown said. “We cannot do this by ourselves, we do need the help of the public and we appreciate it very much.” 

This case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau Det. S. Rhymer at 340-774-2211 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS

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Contant Man Wanted For Attempted Murder Captured By Police: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man wanted for attempted murder was captured by police on Monday, authorities said.

Cuthbert Dabrio, 21, of Contant, was apprehended by the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to CIB Supervisor Sgt. Dwight Griffith.

“The CIB is asking for your assistance flushing this suspect out,” police said on Facebook. “Your immediate distribution is much appreciated. See flyer and photo attached.”

Dabrio is charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree robbery in connection to an incident that occurred on May 21, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

If you have information about this or any other crime, please contact police at 340-774-2211, 911, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Police Investigating After Shooting In Contant Wednesday Evening: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police are investigating after a man said he was shot by an unknown assailant in St. Thomas on Wednesday evening, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a male gunshot victim receiving treatment at the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) at 6:19 p.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim told police that he was at an establishment in Contant when he heard gunshots and realized that he had been shot,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The victim said that he did not know who shot him, according to Derima.

Contant is located between downtown Charlotte Amalie and the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas.

If you have information about this incident, you are urged to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477 or online at p3tips.com. You information can earn you a reward.

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Police Have Not Been Able To Identify Man Who Was Shot To Death In Contant: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The man shot to death near Paint Master in Contant on St. Thomas last night has not yet been identified by police, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received calls of shots fired and a man down near an establishment in Estate Contant at 8:24 p.m. Friday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Officers found an unresponsive Hispanic male with multiple gunshot wounds about his body,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Emergency Medical Technicians, after performing medical procedures, determined he had no signs of life. “

The identity of the victim is unknown at this time, according to Derima.

It is unclear if the deceased was not carrying identification at the time of his death. St. Thomas has a large population of people from the Dominican Republic.

Detectives urge anyone with information about this shooting to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 7149830, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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Police Arrest Indiana Man on Suspicion of Stealing Car, String of Burglaries: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An Indiana man was arrested early this morning on suspicion of stealing a car and perpetrating a string of burglaries, authorities said.

Vaughn Lee McHargue, 52, of no fixed address, was arrested at 6:45 a.m. today and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and third-degree burglary, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

In a separate tweet posted to Twitter at 6:50 a.m. today, the VIPD said that McHargue was wanted for a string of burglaries that occurred on Kronprindsens Gade in Charlotte Amalie town and in Contant on Thursday.

McHargue was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice of rights hearing.

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

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Amijah Charles Arrested In Connection With Contant Shooting That Went Viral

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested on Tuesday and charged in two separate incidents, including a shooting last week that injured two men and went viral as a video on social media.

Amijah Charles, 34, of Mariendahl, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, unauthorized possession of a firearm, aiding and abetting, and accessory after the fact.

Bail for Charles was set at $100,000 pending an advice of rights hearing.

A video on social media went viral after it depicted students at a nearby church practicing music and then scrambling for cover as the fusillade of shots rang out.

The incident took place at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, July 27, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), when dispatch notified officers of shots fired in the area of Contant.

At about 6:45 p.m., officers traveled to the Schneider Regional Medical Center emergency room, where they met with two gunshot victims. Each appeared to have been struck multiple times about their bodies.

The arrest was based on a warrant issued by Magistrate Henry V. Carr III and was executed by the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Special Operation Bureau, VIPD spokeswoman Sakeeda Freeman said.

In the following days, a video on social media received widespread attention. It shows a group of young people at the Wesleyan Holiness Church in Contant. They are practicing steel pan, but the tranquility of the scene is marred when shots break out nearby – clearly audible on the video – and the young musicians and their adult supervision scramble for cover.

The video was shot by Curtis Gilpin. Gilpin is the president of Sportorama on St. Thomas.

“The incident was a terrible experience for the kids and parents at the program,” Gilpin said on Wednesday morning. “We won’t really know how it impacts them, but I am glad steps were taken to address the kids the very next morning. For me, it is hurtful to see what my home has become. No regard for others, for life or themselves. It seems everyone has a gun! The gun violence is deep rooted in our young people and I fear it is deeper than our leaders care to admit. It will take some serious changes to effect change!”

Gilpin’s son was one of the young musicians, playing in what the father said was first steel pan performance.

“And these fools letting off shots outside the church! … Everybody have a gun! What has become of this island? We got out safely but another young man was down in the street!” Gilpin wrote the statement on Facebook below the video.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).

The VIPD has asked anyone with information to contact the Investigation Bureau at 340-774- 2211 ext. 5606 and 5556, the 911 emergency call center, or the anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers U.S.V.I. at 1-800-222-8477.