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Second Suspect in 2005 Murder Arrested
September 23, 2011
Police on St. Thomas arrested 24-year-old Carlton Creque Jr. and charged him with First Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Third Degree Assault, Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm in connection with a May 2005 stabbing death of 47-year-old Euclid Smith. Earlier this month police arrested another suspect in connection to this murder who was a minor at the time of the crime. That suspect is awaiting a court decision that may bind him over to face the murder charge as an adult.
Creque was arrested just after midnight September 23, during an operation involving members of the Homicide Task Force (HTF) instituted by Acting Police Commissioner Raymond L . Hyndman and consisting of the Major Crime Unit, Intelligence Unit and Special Operations Bureau. The team executed an arrest warrant at the Paul M. Pearson Gardens housing community. Intelligence information and surveillance of the PMP community indicated that Creque had entered the apartment earlier in the day. After gaining access to the apartment, HTF members apprehended Creque in a bedroom just after midnight. Creque was found with a loaded .40 caliber handgun in his front waist band. In addition to the charges stated in the warrant, Creque has been charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.
During the past several weeks the HTF has apprehended four murder suspects who are connected to two separate cases and continue to aggressively pursue murder suspect Isaac Austrie who remains at-large. The HTF has also confiscated a substantial number of street level marijuana and arrested two individuals for possession with intent to distribute. A bullet proof vest and several hundred rounds of ammunition have also been confiscated. Investigations continue on these matters.
Acting Police Commissioner Raymond L. Hyndman joined St. Thomas/St. John Police Chief Rodney F. Querrard Sr. in commending the officers involved in the apprehension of this dangerous criminal and for the recent arrests of other murder suspects.
Hyndman said “I commend the highly skilled officers of the Virgin Islands Police department in both districts and I commend the public’s active involvement through information we receive of illegal activity on all three islands. The partnership between the police and the community is working and our statistics prove it.”
Chief Querrard said, “The public can be assured that the police department continues to actively investigate all unsolved murder cases. Cases are being solved and perpetrators are being arrested.”
Police continue to remind the public to call police with any information on crimes in the territory. On St. Thomas, call the Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives at 715-5522, 715-5516 or 714-9834, the Police Chief’s office at 714-5548 or you can call crime stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS