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Christiansted’s KC’s Mini Mart Targeted in Armed Robbery; Authorities Seek Information

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CHRISTIANSTED, ST. CROIX – Authorities are actively delving into the details of an armed heist that transpired on Sunday at KC’s Mini Mart, positioned near the well-known Kings Alley Hotel in the heart of Christiansted Town.

The incident, which sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community, unfurled around 3:32 p.m. According to the Virgin Islands Police Department, they received a distress call and promptly arrived at the crime scene.

Once on-site, officers interviewed the on-duty cashier, who recounted the harrowing experience. The cashier described an enigmatic individual brandishing a handgun characterized by its silver hue and contrasting black handle. With a distinct high-pitched voice, the individual assertively demanded, “Relinquish all the contents of the register.” Under the undeniable threat, the cashier dutifully transferred the cash into a black plastic bag provided by the assailant. Fortunately, the store personnel remained unscathed during this encounter.

The store’s surveillance system captured the episode, offering a visual profile of the assailant. The footage depicts the individual sporting a light-colored long-sleeved shirt, paired with blue jeans, black sandals, and a distinctive black cap. Additionally, a navy-blue face covering adorned with the “Seaside Market” inscription masked the individual’s identity. After securing the loot, the suspect was seen disappearing towards the west.

Interestingly, while the gender of the suspect remains indeterminate, the cashier made a poignant observation, noting a possible feminine aspect to the suspect’s facial features.

Categorizing this incident as a “first-degree robbery”, law enforcement officers are fervently seeking assistance from the community. They encourage anyone privy to information that might shed light on this case to step forward. As the Virgin Islands community values its reputation for safety, such incidents underscore the importance of vigilance and community cooperation. The investigation remains active, with hopes of swift justice for those affected.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for constant vigilance and underscores the pivotal role that community participation plays in ensuring public safety. Authorities remain optimistic about cracking the case, aided by the watchful eyes and ears of the local community.

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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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