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Court Orders Psychological Evaluation for Man Accused of Assaulting Father

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ST. CROIX — In a concerning family dispute, a man, Haysely Durand, who is accused of physically assaulting his father with a stick before allegedly pilfering his phone and car keys, is set to undergo a court-mandated psychological assessment.

The altercation reportedly unfolded last Friday in Castle Coakley, St. Croix, following which law enforcement was alerted to the residence in response to an assault. The father recounted his ordeal, detailing that upon reaching his residence around 12:30 a.m., he encountered Durand emerging from between two pawpaw trees adjacent to the house, wielding what appeared to be a stick.

Court records narrate that Durand allegedly advanced towards his father, striking him repeatedly, leading to his fall. Despite his father’s pleas to cease, Durand seemingly persisted in his aggression. The confrontation ended with Durand allegedly fleeing with his father’s belongings, leaving the father to seek assistance from his minor daughter, who subsequently called 911 upon witnessing his injuries.

The on-scene medical response team attended to the father’s evident wounds, including a noticeable laceration to his left hand, before transferring him to Juan F. Luis hospital for extensive medical examination and care, where additional injuries such as road rash and a swollen left hip were identified.

Following the incident, Durand was located in the lower level of the residence, displaying initial resistance before eventual apprehension by the police. The father, living in palpable fear since the incident, identified his key fob within Durand’s possessions. Durand refuted the allegations, maintaining his absence from the residence during the incident timeframe.

However, he faces charges for third-degree assault constituting domestic violence and is currently in custody, awaiting his impending court appearance. Magistrate Yolan Brow-Ross has instructed comprehensive psychological and psychiatric evaluations for Durand, subsequent to assertions regarding his history of mental illness, to establish his trial competency and to discern the necessity for a long-term treatment strategy. Depending on evaluation outcomes, involuntary commitment may also be pursued.

The developments in Durand’s case are scheduled for a status review on November 8.

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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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