July 23, 2003 A suspect has been arrested in the shooting death early Tuesday morning of 21-year-old Throphilus Breedy. Novelle Francis Jr., acting Police commissioner, was strong in his praise of citizens and police officers whose efforts led to the speedy apprehension of the suspect.
In a release, Francis said the arrest of Richard Fahie, 23, a few hours after the killing was a testament to "what can be done when the community and your Police Department work together to apprehend and bring to the bar of justice those that perpetrate crimes against members of the community."
Breedy's body was found on the roadside in Smith Bay adjacent to a nightclub about 3 a.m. Tuesday.
According to sources in the area, Breedy may have been involved in robberies of several businesses in Smith Bay in recent months.
Francis offered no motive for the killing. He commended Lt. R. DeSouza, Criminal Investigation Bureau commander, for his work on the case, saying DeSouza "left no stone unturned," and credited tips the police received from community members as being the key to Fahie's arrest.
"You apprehended the suspect," Francis said of the help received from community members.
The killing is the 14th recorded on St. Thomas this year and the 18th in the territory. At this time last year, the toll stood at 15 for St. Thomas and 24 territorywide.
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