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St. Thomas Incident: Allegations of Familial Abuse Lead to Arrest

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In a deeply unsettling incident on St. Thomas, authorities have detained a man on grave accusations following his sister’s report that he compelled her to consume alcohol excessively, leading to her illness, and subsequently assaulted her.

Responding to a distress call at Schneider Regional Medical Center on a recent Sunday afternoon, law enforcement officers encountered a woman in a dire state, battling consciousness. The inquiry led them to converse with a minor, the victim’s sister, who recounted the day’s traumatic events at their Estate Mandahl residence.

According to the minor’s testimony, she found her sister unconscious in their mother’s bathroom, with their brother in close proximity, seemingly indifferent to the distressing scene. Out of respect for the privacy of those involved, the identity of the accused will remain undisclosed.

In a desperate attempt to revive her sister, the young girl employed cold water, witnessing intermittent bouts of consciousness from her sibling. It was during these moments of lucidity that the victim confided in her sister about the assault and the possible tampering with her drink.

Despite the younger sister’s attempts to seek help, she faced obstruction from her brother, delaying the emergency response. Their mother’s return home initiated a confrontation, leading to the brother’s vague explanation of events involving alcohol consumption.

The brother’s narrative, shared upon his voluntary appearance at the hospital, detailed a day marred by excessive drinking, culminating in a disputed recount of the events leading to his sister’s condition. Despite denying the allegations and any wrongdoing, the evidence and testimonies painted a contrasting picture.

The hospital’s medical examination supported the victim’s account, revealing signs of assault and corroborating the serious charges laid against the brother. Subsequently, he was charged with first-degree rape and unlawful sexual contact, facing the judicial system’s scrutiny.

As the case progresses, with the accused awaiting further court proceedings after posting bail, the community and legal system alike await justice for an act that has shaken the familial and societal fabric of St. Thomas. The scheduled court date on March 22 marks the next chapter in this distressing case.

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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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