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Legal Troubles Escalate for Suspect in Assault on Pregnant Woman

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Ricardo Rhymer in a 2016 booking photo provided by the Virgin Islands Police Department.

During a tumultuous Easter weekend in St. Thomas, Ricardo Rhymer faced arrest for an assault on a pregnant woman, an incident that has led to the escalation of charges against him. Authorities discovered two firearms at his residence upon arresting him for the shooting, which resulted in the victim sustaining injuries to her arm.

The victim, who was targeted outside her residence on Krondprindsen Gade alongside a neighbor, had previously been in a relationship with Rhymer. This relationship was marked by a history of intimate partner violence, including an incident roughly eight years prior where Rhymer was apprehended for stabbing another ex-girlfriend. Despite facing trial for felony charges in both 2015 and 2016, these cases were dismissed at the behest of prosecutors.

The connection between the woman Rhymer assaulted in April 2016 and the victim from the recent shooting remains unconfirmed. However, police investigations have unearthed that prior to this latest altercation, Rhymer and the shot woman had a violent past, including mutual assaults with knives, though they had apparently reconciled since then.

Following his apprehension, Rhymer now faces a litany of charges, including first- and third-degree assault categorized as domestic violence, illegal firearm possession during an assault, reckless endangerment, and unauthorized firearm discharge.

During his initial court appearance before Magistrate Simone VanHolten-Turnbull, the charges were affirmed. The specifics of this court session are yet to be disclosed, but court documents reveal an order for Rhymer’s pre-trial release under unspecified bail conditions.

Rhymer is expected to return to court on April 19 for further proceedings.

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Violent Robbery at Starz Hotel in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A violent encounter unfolded at Starz Hotel in the Contant area of St. Thomas, where an armed robbery took place in the early hours of Saturday. Local authorities were summoned to the location around 2:48 a.m. on April 13, following reports of the distressing event.

The V.I. Police Department reported that upon arrival, they learned from the victim that two assailants, described as black males, had exited a vehicle and confronted him. The robbers, armed and aggressive, knocked the man to the ground and struck his head with a gun. They proceeded to steal his chain, rummage through his pockets, and take his wallet before escaping in an SUV heading east.

Emergency responders transported the victim to Schneider Regional Medical Center. He received treatment for multiple injuries, which included a head contusion, chest bruising, lacerations inside his mouth, and damage to his left palm.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is actively pursuing leads in this case. They urge anyone with information related to this crime to contact them at 340-774-2211 ext. 5574, dial 911 for immediate assistance, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers V.I.

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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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