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Major Progress in St. Croix Murder Case: Second Suspect Apprehended

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Daniel Ramos in a police mugshot, provided by the Virgin Islands Police Department.

A significant advancement has been made in the investigation of a 2022 homicide in St. Croix, with the arrest of 23-year-old Daniel Ramos by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD). Ramos is implicated in the death of Sean Joseph, also known to many as Akeem Williams, following a deadly incident that occurred in the early hours of March 17, 2022, within the confines of the Harbor View housing community.

This case, which has puzzled investigators for more than two years, saw a crucial development when a distress signal, reporting gunfire, was relayed to the 911 Emergency Call Center at 1:17 a.m. on the day of the incident. Law enforcement officers arriving at the scene discovered Joseph lifeless, bearing several gunshot wounds to his upper body and head, positioned in a plant bed close to the community’s office building. Despite prompt medical efforts, Joseph was declared dead at the location.

The crime scene yielded multiple spent bullet casings, and subsequent identification by family members confirmed the victim to be Joseph, who had been freed from the John Bell Correctional Facility barely a day prior to the fatal shooting.

The case saw a significant breakthrough courtesy of video surveillance footage from the vicinity, which initially led to the apprehension of Timothy Perez, 42, on charges related to the murder. This pivotal evidence also paved the way for the eventual identification of Ramos as an additional suspect involved in the shooting.

On March 22, 2024, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau acted on an arrest warrant against Ramos, formally charging him with first-degree murder in connection to Joseph’s death. Magistrate Morris, overseeing the case, set bail at $1 million, explicitly denying any possibility of a ten percent down payment for release. Ramos was taken into custody without any complications and has been detained at the John Bell Detention Center, awaiting a preliminary hearing set for Monday, March 25.

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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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