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Siblings Lose Lives in Caguas Courthouse Shooting Over Property Dispute

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A somber incident occurred this past Tuesday outside the Caguas courthouse in Puerto Rico’s northern region, resulting in the unfortunate death of a sibling pair. The alleged assailant, taken into custody almost immediately after the incident at the same site, was no stranger to the victims, as per official reports.

The deceased have been identified as a male civilian and his sister, a security personnel affiliated with a private security firm. The security agency associated with the female victim had not commented on the incident at the time this report was published.

The chilling event inadvertently came to light through live media. While prepping for a live news update, a journalist’s broadcast was abruptly interrupted by the sound of seven consecutive gunshots. The raw footage depicted the reporter hastily retreating from the scene, with another individual seeking refuge on the ground.

The Puerto Rico Police Commissioner, Antonio López, was quick to arrive at the crime scene. Speaking to the media, he stated, “We are diligently working to uncover the underlying reasons for this heart-wrenching incident.”

While early buzz alluded to potential additional casualties, the official update later negated these rumors, confirming that apart from the siblings, no one else sustained any injuries in the unfortunate event.

Offering some perspective on the probable cause of this act, Alexis Torres, the head of Puerto Rico’s Public Safety Department, revealed that a property-related legal dispute was ongoing between the accused and the victims. Jessika Correa, the Chief Prosecutor for the island, informed local media house TeleOnce that the individuals involved had mutual restraining orders. The accused was scheduled for a court appearance on that very Tuesday, allegedly for breaching the terms of these orders.

This devastating event has sent shockwaves through the Caguas community, prompting introspection regarding the security protocols at courthouses and also stirring a larger dialogue about the prevalence of gun violence in the area. The probe into the incident continues, as local authorities seek to piece together the full story.

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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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