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Tense Standoff at V.I. Legislature Building Ends in Gun Seizure and Arrest

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Delvon Mathurin’s booking photo provided by the Virgin Islands Police Department.

A tense encounter unfolded outside the Virgin Islands Legislature building in St. Croix, leading to the arrest of Delvon Mathurin on charges including possession of an unlicensed firearm, following a confrontation with law enforcement officers.

The incident occurred on Friday evening when a police officer stationed outside the Legislature was confronted by a man who aggressively voiced his discontent with the government, using profane language. The individual, later identified as Delvon Mathurin, was recognized by the officer as he entered the parking lot. Mathurin was instructed to leave the premises due to unauthorized access, but he defiantly reached for what appeared to be a machete at his waist and advanced towards the officer.

Mathurin momentarily halted his approach, acknowledging the officer as a former schoolmate and offering a handshake, which the officer declined, citing safety concerns. Despite being directed to leave, Mathurin made another attempt to engage in a handshake, during which the officer detected the smell of alcohol on his breath. The situation escalated when Mathurin refused to release the officer’s hand, prompting the officer to forcibly withdraw.

The confrontation intensified as Mathurin brandished the machete once more, leading the officer to draw his firearm. The standoff de-escalated slightly, allowing the officer to safely apprehend Mathurin without further incident.

Upon his arrest, a search revealed a black, unloaded handgun in Mathurin’s possession, which he was not licensed to carry within the territory, according to checks with the firearms bureau.

Following his arrest, Mathurin was taken to the Ancilmo Marshall police station, where he displayed further aggression towards officers. He now faces charges of carrying an unlicensed firearm and trespassing and has been remanded into custody pending an advice of rights hearing. Although Magistrate Yolan Brow-Ross granted pre-trial release during his court appearance on Monday, the specifics of his bail conditions remain undisclosed.

This incident underscores the ongoing challenges faced by law enforcement in maintaining public safety and the importance of community cooperation in addressing illegal firearm possession.

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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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