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Woman Faces Charges After Alleged Violent Confrontation with Ex-Partner in St. Thomas

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In a startling incident on a peaceful afternoon in St. Thomas, law enforcement officers were summoned to a residence in Estate Contant, where a domestic disturbance had escalated dramatically. At the heart of the turmoil was a confrontation between Mariely Daniel-Samuel and her ex-partner, the father of her child.

The conflict reportedly began when Daniel-Samuel confronted her ex-partner while he was visiting his grandmother. Witnesses say she launched into a tirade, prompting the man to seek refuge inside the house. Despite his efforts to distance himself by moving upstairs, the altercation intensified. Daniel-Samuel, refusing to be deterred, is said to have smashed the windshield of his truck with a brick in a fit of rage. The situation escalated further when she allegedly threatened his life, brandishing not only the brick but also a kitchen knife.

Responding officers observed the damage to the vehicle and proceeded with caution to apprehend Daniel-Samuel after she barricaded herself within the home. Her arrest led to charges including the brandishment of a deadly weapon, disturbing the peace, and destruction of property, underlining the serious nature of domestic violence.

In a subsequent court appearance, Magistrate Simone VanHolten-Turnbull reviewed the case, affirming the charges against Daniel-Samuel. The court’s decision to set bail at $5,000, albeit unsecured, comes with stringent conditions aimed at safeguarding the community and the individuals directly involved. Daniel-Samuel is now required to remain within the St. Thomas/St. John/Water Islands area, engage in consistent employment searches, and maintain a safe distance from the complainant. These measures reflect the judicial system’s commitment to addressing and mitigating domestic violence with due diligence and care.

As the community reflects on this incident, the focus turns to the importance of addressing domestic disturbances with sensitivity and the pursuit of justice for all parties involved. Daniel-Samuel’s next court date, scheduled for March 8, looms as a critical juncture in this unfolding legal drama.

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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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