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Tensions Flare in St. Thomas: A Dispute Turns Violent After Traffic Incident

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The Virgin Islands Police Department has released a mugshot of Dionisio Blyden following a recent altercation.

A serene afternoon in Roosevelt Park, St. Thomas, was disrupted when a vehicular mishap escalated into a violent confrontation. Authorities were called to the scene where they found a chaotic tableau: one individual restrained in handcuffs by an early-arriving officer and another receiving medical attention from EMTs.

The incident unfolded when a local man, supervising his toddler at play in the park, was startled by the sound of a collision on Norre Gade, near the Federal Credit Union. His casual remark on the accident caught the attention of Dionisio Blyden, one of the drivers involved. An argument ensued, escalating when Blyden, incensed by the comment, allegedly armed himself with a glass bottle from his car and assaulted the bystander.

The victim recounted a harrowing struggle, ultimately managing to fend off Blyden with the help of passersby. Amidst the separation, Blyden reportedly issued a threatening vow.

Blyden’s account differed significantly. He described the accident as a chain reaction where he was sandwiched between vehicles at a stoplight. Despite no damage to the cars, Blyden was concerned for his wife, who suffers from a medical condition sensitive to such impacts. His confrontation with the bystander began after overhearing a flippant remark, leading to a heated exchange and, ultimately, physical violence.

Authorities, armed with witness accounts, arrested Blyden, charging him with third-degree assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and disturbing the peace. Following a court appearance before Magistrate Paula Norkaitis, bail was set at $25,000, with a 10% cash option. Blyden, now released, must adhere to strict conditions, including regular probation check-ins, abstention from alcohol and controlled substances, and maintaining distance from the victim.

As the community awaits further developments, this case serves as a stark reminder of how quickly public disputes can spiral out of control, leaving lasting impacts on all involved.

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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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