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A Weekend of Violence in St. Thomas: Young Woman Dead and Multiple Shootings Stir Community Alarm

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The Schneider Regional Medical Center stands as a beacon in St. Thomas, USVI, amidst a weekend marred by violence. Credit: V.I. CONSORTIUM

The tranquility of St. Thomas was shattered this weekend as a spate of violent incidents left the community in shock and mourning. The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) reported a grim toll: a 20-year-old woman deceased and several others injured in unrelated shootings, sparking a plea from law enforcement for public cooperation.

Captain Bridget Conow, the Chief of Detectives for the St. Thomas and St. John District, conveyed the distressing impact of the weekend’s events on the community. “We faced a series of senseless violent acts this weekend that posed unwanted challenges,” Conow lamented, calling on residents to help restore peace to the Virgin Islands.

The violence began in the early hours of Saturday around Curacao Gade, with two female victims rushed to Schneider Medical Center following a shooting. Tragically, 20-year-old Amisha Alexander Foy was pronounced dead, a victim of the senseless violence that has gripped the community. The second victim, injured near Market Square by a nightclub, survived with non-life-threatening wounds.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau had already been busy before this tragic incident, investigating shootings from March 29. A male victim received treatment for gunshot wounds to his arm inflicted by an unidentified attacker on Wimmelskafts Gade (Back Street). Later, a pregnant woman was shot in the arm on Krondprindsen Gade. Ricardo M. Rhymer was arrested and charged with first-degree assault in connection to this shooting.

Additionally, on March 29, the VIPD executed unrelated arrests. Feliciano Comandante Olivieri was extradited from an Orlando, Florida jail and charged with “Aiding and Abetting-Importation of Firearms without a license”. Kasiem Marsh, from Estate Carolina on St. John, was arrested for a last October assault involving a rock attack.

On the afternoon of March 29, the ShotSpotter system detected a gunshot at Coki Point Beach. Responding officers found a male victim with a leg wound being transported to the hospital by private vehicle. This incident added to the weekend’s toll of violence.

The VIPD is now seeking assistance from anyone with information about these incidents to help bring those responsible to justice. The community is urged to contact the VIPD at 340-774-2211, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or the Criminal Investigation Bureau Major Crimes Division at 340-642-8449.

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Former Deputy Park Superintendent of St. Croix Sentenced for Property Conversion and Fraud

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ST. CROIX, VI – Gregory Camacho, 43, previously Deputy Park Superintendent for the National Park Service in St. Croix, received a sentence of nine months of home detention and four years of probation for unlawfully converting property, according to U.S. Attorney for the USVI, Delia L. Smith. The sentencing was handed down by District Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Thursday.

In addition to home detention and probation, Judge Lewis imposed a $6,000 fine and a special assessment of $75 on Camacho. He was also ordered to pay restitution amounting to $29,502.20 to the National Park Service.

According to court filings, Camacho, during his tenure as acting park superintendent from June 2019 to August 2020, occupied two housing units owned by the National Park Service without fulfilling rental payments, causing a loss of $14,192.10. In another instance in July 2019, Camacho deceitfully claimed relocation expenses for his family’s move from Titusville, FL, to St. Croix, even though he moved alone. This action led to unjust reimbursements totaling $13,387.50.

Furthermore, between October 2018 and September 2019, Camacho was found to have submitted overlapping travel vouchers for the same trips from his primary duty station, resulting in an additional $1,922.50 in improper gains.

These findings were brought to light through an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with the case prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

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Daylight Assault in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A distressing incident unfolded on St. Thomas when a man suffered injuries in a daylight assault in Simmonds Alley, according to a statement from the V.I. Police Department. The attack occurred on Wednesday around 12:15 p.m.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about a man found bleeding from the neck near the Jala Jala establishment on Kronprindsens Gade. Responding officers discovered the victim with a severe laceration on the left side of his neck, believed to be the result of the assault.

Despite the seriousness of his injuries, the victim refrained from providing a statement to law enforcement at the scene. He was quickly transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau has taken charge of the investigation and is urging the public to assist by providing any relevant information. Individuals can contact the CIB at (340) 774-2211 or call 911. For those preferring to stay anonymous, tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers USVI by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Six Arrests Made in St. Thomas Drug Trafficking Crackdown

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ST. THOMAS — A targeted joint operation by the Virgin Islands Police Department, alongside the Drug Enforcement Agency and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, resulted in the arrest of six men accused of drug-related crimes in the Red Hook area, a noted hub for illegal narcotics activity.

Throughout February, these coordinated efforts focused on dismantling drug trafficking networks, culminating in several key arrests:

  • N’Kel Morton, 30, was taken into custody at Red Hook Plaza on March 8, 2024, facing charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
  • On March 7, 2024, Jaamal Bell, 42, was arrested at American Yacht Harbor, charged with intent to distribute narcotics.
  • Peter Francis Jr., 33, encountered the same fate at the same location, on identical charges.
  • Anwar Lockhart, 40, was arrested on March 15, 2024, on Cassi Hill for cocaine distribution.
  • Niah Henry, 35, was apprehended on March 16, 2024, at Red Hook Plaza, with charges similar to Morton’s.
  • Kenson Plasimond, 43, was arrested on March 7, 2024, at Tutu Park Mall, also charged with possession with intent to distribute.

These arrests signify a continued commitment by local and federal law enforcement to curb the flow of illegal drugs in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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