ST. THOMAS — A man who allegedly shot two male victims Saturday night near their vehicle as they were returning from an event at a nightclub was taken into custody Monday afternoon, the V.I. Police Department has announced.
According to police spokesman Glen Dratte, Cuthbert Dabrio, Jr., age 20, was at his residence in Contant when he was taken into custody by Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives and transported to the Bureau of Corrections.
The suspect was charged with first-degree assault, which appears to be an initial charge to keep Dabrio in custody as detectives build their case. He was detained pending his advisement hearing after failing to make bail of $200,000.
Acting St. Thomas-St. John District Police Chief Clayton Brown stated that a witness came forward to provide information to police. “It takes a community effort for us to fight crime. Police cannot do it by ourselves, we do need the help of the public and we appreciate it very much,” he said.
According to Mr. Dratte, on Saturday at about 3:30 a.m., Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives were assigned to investigate an assault matter at the Schneider Regional Medical Center. Upon their arrival, the detectives spoke to the two male victims who stated that after attending a graduation function at Krush Night Club in Subbase, they were walking with friends toward their vehicle parked near Nisky Center. However, as they attempted to enter the vehicle, a black male individual approached them from the back and fired several gunshots that injured the two males.
According to the V.I.P.D., the victims were struck several times about the body and were transported to SRMC by private vehicle. The attending Emergency Room physician said the victims sustained numerous injuries to the leg, shoulder, chest, and spine during this incident. At the time, the physician stated that the victims may have to be airlifted to the U.S. mainland for further treatment. However, on Tuesday Mr. Dratte told the Consortium that one of the victims was stabilized and released, while the other victim was airlifted for further treatment.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau is investigating the shooting, authorities said. The police department is asking anyone with information relative to this incident to call 911, C.I.B. Detective S. Rhymer at 340-774-2211, or send an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers USVI here.
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