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Local Man Detained for Alleged Abduction and Assault of Former Partner; Assault on an Associate

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ST. CROIX — A local resident, identified as Daniel Thomas, is facing severe legal ramifications following allegations of abducting his former girlfriend from her workplace and subsequently assaulting her and her colleague.

Authorities were alerted to a distressing incident at a service station in Little Princess around 10:30 on a recent Tuesday morning. Upon arrival, officers gathered that Thomas, 55, allegedly intruded into the store where his former partner was employed, initiating physical confrontation by allegedly pushing her and assaulting a colleague.

The victim narrated a harrowing experience to the officers, detailing how Thomas purportedly made inappropriate advances before forcibly dragging her out of the establishment, threatening grave consequences if she resisted.

Obliging out of fear, the victim accompanied Thomas in his silver Kia Optima. She managed a brief distress call to a friend during the drive but was forced to end it swiftly. A subsequent struggle ensued during the journey, wherein the victim claimed her breathing was obstructed, and she was subjected to physical abuse.

The victim further alleged that she was taken to an isolated area, where she resisted further advances and was eventually left stranded as Thomas left the scene, promising to return. Despite her phone being tampered with, she managed to seek help and encountered police officers who assisted her.

Thomas was located and apprehended later the same day. Further investigations revealed corroborative statements from the friend who received the distress call. Thomas, during the questioning, conceded to the assault on the colleague but contested the abduction allegations, insisting his former partner accompanied him willingly. However, he was formally charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, second-degree assault, and unlawful sexual contact, reflecting the domestic violence nature of the alleged crimes.

Thomas remains in custody, awaiting further legal proceedings. He is scheduled for an advice of rights hearing on September 27, with Magistrate Yolan Brow-Ross determining sufficient grounds to maintain the charges, pending a bail hearing scheduled subsequently.

This incident has not only shocked the local community but has also raised concerns over the safety and security of individuals in their workplace. It is a stark reminder that domestic violence is a prevailing issue and requires immediate attention and robust intervention.

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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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