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High-Speed Chase Ends in Taser Arrest for Vehicle Theft Suspect in St. Thomas

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The Virgin Islands Police Department releases a mugshot of suspect Valmon Glassford.

A dramatic turn of events unfolded in St. Thomas when Valmon Glassford allegedly commandeered a vehicle, leading to a high-speed pursuit by law enforcement that culminated in his arrest through the use of a Taser.

The incident began to unravel on a tranquil afternoon on Krondprindsen Gade, where a purple Acura MDX was reported stolen. The vehicle’s owner had momentarily left it unattended, with the key in the cupholder, to pick up food from a nearby establishment. The theft was promptly reported by a distressed friend of the owner, alerting the authorities to the unauthorized use of the vehicle.

Local police, informed by Central Dispatch of the situation, quickly mobilized to locate the stolen Acura. Their search led them to Mafolie Hill, where they spotted the vehicle on Maude Proudfoot Drive. Attempts to stop the vehicle using standard police signals were met with defiance by Glassford, who rammed into a police cruiser in his bid to evade capture. Following the collision, he abandoned the damaged Acura, leaped over the police vehicle, and attempted to escape on foot.

The pursuit continued to Valdemir Senior Drive Lookout, with officers closely trailing Glassford. Despite efforts to blend in and a bystander’s intervention, Glassford’s attempts to flee were thwarted when police were compelled to use a Taser to subdue him, ensuring his apprehension.

Following the ordeal, Glassford received medical attention at Schneider Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained from the Taser before being formally charged. His alleged crimes include unauthorized vehicle use, possession of stolen property, failure to obey a police command, resisting arrest, destruction of government property, and reckless endangerment.

Despite facing serious charges, Glassford was unable to post the $50,000 bail set, resulting in his detention pending a court hearing. In a subsequent court session, Magistrate Paula Norkaitis confirmed the charges, setting the stage for Glassford’s legal battle with a pre-trial release order, the specifics of which remain confidential. His court saga is set to continue on March 15, marking the next chapter in this high-stakes legal drama.

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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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