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Arrest of Alleged Contract Killer and WAPA Worker on St. Croix

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In a significant development on St. Croix, the Virgin Islands Police Department’s Major Crime Unit has apprehended Quasheem Christian, aged 23, of Grove Place, Frederiksted. Christian is linked to the murder of tow truck driver Chandler “Frenchie” Heath in St. Thomas this January.

The arrest, executed flawlessly today, followed a traffic stop in Estate Mountain, St. Croix. Christian, an employee of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA), was identified around 11:40 am driving a WAPA vehicle near the Industrial Park on Melvin Evans Highway. Upon securing a warrant identifying Christian as a suspected contract killer, law enforcement officers conducted a meticulous felony traffic stop, culminating in his capture.

Christian, unable to meet the $1 million bail, has been remanded to the John Bell Correctional Facility. He awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for December 8.

Chief Sean Santos of the St. Croix Police Department underscored the current challenges faced by law enforcement, noting the delicacy of executing the warrant. He lauded the officers for their adherence to training and professional conduct during the arrest, particularly in light of recent hostilities against law enforcement.

Responding to the incident, WAPA CEO Andrew Smith issued a statement emphasizing the company’s commitment to employee safety and its collaboration with the VIPD in gathering comprehensive information about the morning’s events.

The initial crime, resulting in the demise of Chandler Heath, occurred on the evening of January 29, 2023, in Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas. The VIPD’s prompt and coordinated inter-island efforts have been pivotal in advancing the investigation and facilitating this key arrest. Additional updates are anticipated following the forthcoming court proceedings.

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