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Swift Law Enforcement Action Leads to Arrest of Suspect in St. Croix Stabbing Incident; Victim Receives Critical Care

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Calvin N. Belle Jr.’s mugshot, courtesy of the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The diligent efforts of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) culminated in the arrest of Calvin N. Belle Jr., a suspect in a severe stabbing case, on a recent Thursday afternoon. This arrest followed a determined manhunt that began the previous day, showcasing the department’s commitment to public safety.

The incident unfolded at the Sprat Net Bar in Cane Bay, where, at about 5:16 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities were alerted to a violent altercation. First responders arrived to find the victim in a dire condition, suffering from a life-threatening neck injury. The swift action ensured the victim’s immediate transfer to Juan F. Luis Hospital, where he was stabilized before being airlifted for specialized medical care, reflecting the community’s dedication to health and safety.

Calvin N. Belle Jr., a 23-year-old resident of the John F. Kennedy housing community, emerged as the prime suspect in this unprovoked attack. The Criminal Investigation Bureau, leveraging surveillance technology, detailed how Belle ambushed the victim from behind in a dangerous assault with a knife.

Despite Belle’s initial attempts to avoid arrest, which included circulating a wanted poster on social media and through local media outlets, the community and law enforcement’s resolve led to his surrender at the Wilbur H. Francis Command Police Station. Accompanied by his defense attorney, Belle was taken into custody, charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence.

In a subsequent court appearance, Belle’s legal representation secured a bail agreement before Judge Yolan Brow Ross, setting the bail at $5,005.00. Belle’s compliance with the bail conditions, including release to a third-party custodian, underscores the legal system’s balanced approach to justice and community safety. His upcoming Advice of Rights hearing at the V.I. Superior Court is a further step in this critical legal process.

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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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