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Violent Domestic Dispute Leads to Arrest in St. Thomas

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Official mugshot of Achille Alexander, provided by the Virgin Islands Police Department.

A recent domestic violence incident in St. Thomas has led to the arrest of a man following a severe assault on his girlfriend. The altercation, investigated by local police, highlights the grave consequences of domestic disputes.

Officers were called to the Schneider Regional Medical Center last Friday following reports of a woman who had been severely assaulted by her boyfriend the previous day, February 22. The victim recounted a harrowing ordeal where Achille Alexander, the accused, became violent after she refused to perform a task he demanded. The altercation escalated rapidly, with Alexander assaulting her physically in multiple ways.

The confrontation began with Alexander striking her face multiple times and progressed to him strangulating her, severely hindering her breathing. The attack intensified when Alexander used a steak knife to inflict a cut on her left forearm. Despite her attempts to defend herself, Alexander forcefully restrained her and, aware of her spine condition, deliberately punched her in the back multiple times, causing excruciating pain and immobilization.

Alexander had initially taken her to the hospital on Thursday afternoon, but they left due to prolonged waiting times without receiving treatment. They returned the following day, leading to the victim’s medical examination and prescription for pain management. During this visit, Alexander’s aggressive behavior towards the victim alarmed the medical staff, prompting further intervention from a social worker who then contacted the police.

The victim disclosed to the police that this was not an isolated incident, revealing that she had previously reported Alexander at least four times for similar violent behavior. The physical evidence of past and recent abuses was evident in her injuries, which varied in stages of healing.

Upon surrendering to the police to give his statement, Alexander admitted to the assaults but claimed he had not intended to harm her. His arrest followed a volatile reaction to the prospect of incarceration, during which he made threats of violence.

Charged with several offenses related to domestic violence, including second-degree assault, Alexander now awaits judicial proceedings. In a twist, the victim sought to withdraw her statement to protect Alexander, revealing the complex dynamics of fear and dependency that often characterize abusive relationships.

Magistrate Paula Norkaitis, after reviewing the case, confirmed the validity of the charges against Alexander, underscoring the seriousness of the offenses.

The community is reminded that support and resources are available for victims of domestic violence through local organizations dedicated to providing assistance and advocacy.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for awareness, support, and intervention in cases of domestic violence, ensuring the safety and well-being of those affected.

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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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