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St. Thomas Police Investigate Several Weekend Criminal Incidents
August 10, 2009
Police on St. Thomas are investigating several crimes that happened between Friday August 7 and Monday August 10.
On Friday August 7th at about 7:45 p.m. Police were dispatched to a Robbery at Mafolie Hotel after a worker reported they were robbed while tending the front desk.
Three unknown males wearing black masks and armed with firearms demanded money from the worker.
The suspects were given an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the area in a dark colored SUV.
On Saturday August 8th minutes before 5 a.m. in the area of Sapphire Bay a visitor to the Virgin Islands was the victim of a First Degree Assault.
The victim, who is from California said an unknown male approached him and a friend and began talking to them, but they did not understand what he was saying.
The male then fired a shot from a small caliber chrome handgun without warning resulting in the victim receiving an abrasion to an eye before fleeing the scene on foot.
The 21-year-old victim was treated at the Roy Lester Schneider Medical Center for his injury and was released.
On Saturday, August 8 at about 9:45 p.m. a robbery occurred at a home in Estate Nadir.
According to the homeowner he and some friends were playing dominoes in the back yard when two unknown persons wearing masks and carrying weapons approached them and demanded money.
One suspect struck the homeowner on the right side of his face with a gun.
The suspects took a small amount of cash from the homeowner, a gold chain from one victim and a cell phone from another victim and then fled the area on foot.
The homeowner was treated at the Roy Lester Schneider Medical Center for abrasions on his face and was later released.
On Monday August 10, at about 3:30 a.m. police received a report of a shooting that occurred in Estate Nazareth.
It was learned that two roommates were arguing about rent money when one roommate pulled out a black 9mm handgun and shot the other roommate, striking him in the left side of his abdomen.
51-year-old Kirk W. Martin of California was arrested and charged with Assault in the First Degree.
Martin was placed on $85,000 bail and was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights Hearing.
St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island Chief of Police Rodney F. Querrard, Sr. said Monday, "These crimes can be brought under control if each of us would (1) respect one another and instead of pulling a gun or other weapon in a misunderstanding or argument, be a civilized person and think about the consequences your actions at that time may cause, and (2) get over our differences because each crime in this Territory affects each one of us, no matter if you are related to the victim of a crime or not.
This is our Virgin Islands, if we don't stand up together to what is going on, all of us will be affected sooner or later.
I am urging anyone in the community with information on any crime to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 715-5522, Emergency 911 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS."