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Serious Charges Leveled Against Man for Attack on Ex-Girlfriend

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Junior Jones. Courtesy of THE VIRGIN ISLANDS POLICE DEPARTMENT

A harrowing incident on St. Thomas has led to multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, against a man accused of a violent confrontation with his ex-girlfriend.

Last Friday night, an urgent assault case brought officers to the Schneider Regional Medical Center, where they met a woman bearing the marks of a recent attack. She detailed to the Domestic Violence Unit the next day that the ordeal unfolded after she had offered a ride to her ex-boyfriend, Junior Jones, upon seeing him on Norre Gade while she was driving a coworker home from work.

What began as a simple act of kindness quickly descended into terror. After initially asking to be taken home, Jones changed his destination to a local bar. Once alone, the situation took a dark turn after Jones, under the guise of retrieving a forgotten phone, lured the woman to a secluded spot. There, he began a series of accusations and threats that escalated into violence.

Jones’s behavior became increasingly erratic and aggressive as they headed to his residence in Hospital Ground, accusing her of infidelity and making threats against her life. The situation spiraled when he physically assaulted her, brandishing a knife and demanding money. Despite her attempts to escape, including driving towards the police station, Jones’s threats forced her to divert, prolonging the nightmare.

In a desperate bid for freedom, the woman managed to escape and sought help, leading to Jones’s arrest the following day. He was found in the Fort Christian Parking lot, his clothing marked with blood. Jones’s comments to police hinted at regret but stopped short of a full confession. Charged with a slew of offenses including third-degree assault, false imprisonment, and attempted first-degree robbery, all under the shadow of domestic violence, Jones’s legal troubles are mounting.

Magistrate Simone VanHolten-Turnbull has ordered Jones’s release on conditions pending trial, the specifics of which remain confidential. His next court date is set for April 5, as the community and legal system grapple with the implications of this distressing episode.

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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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