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Raydin Ortiz (VIPD photo)

Police Seek Ortiz as Domestic Violence Suspect

The V.I. Police Department is seeking 25-year-old Raydin Ortiz connection with a domestic violence assault that occurred June 15 at the Starz Hotel.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Police Seek Information in Thursday Morning Homicide

A man whose identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin as of mid-morning Thursday was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the area of Subbase.
Coast Guard cutter Hamilton. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Four South Americans Face Cocaine Charges in USVI Federal Court Four South American men appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and were ordered held pending trial on charges of conspiracy to possess and possession of a controlled substance on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. The four defendants were identified as Freddy Montano Paz, 29; Calixto Tumbaco, 41; Mariano Abregon, 42; and Hector Hernandez Saucedo, 48. The charging information alleges that the four were on board a semi-submercible vessel that was intercepted by the U.S Coast Guard cutter Hamilton while on routine patrol. The Coast Guardsmen first sighted the semi-submercible vessel on May 10, approximately 250 nautical miles northwest of Esmeraldes, Ecuador. The vessel did not display any indicia indicating its nationality. After being detected, the four occupants— two Columbian nationals, one Ecuadorian national, and one Mexican national – began tossing the bales of suspected narcotics from their vessel. The USCG disabled the semi-submersible vessel, and successfully seized 40 bales of suspected narcotics, including bales that were tossed overboard. The 40 recovered bales contained approximately 1,535 kilograms of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. This case is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Drug Enforcement Agency, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Delia L. Smith.

Four South Americans Face Cocaine Charges in USVI Federal Court

Four South American men appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and were ordered held pending trial on charges of conspiracy to possess and possession of a controlled substance on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

Police Arrest Kidnapping Suspect Moses

Members of the VIPD's Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested 41-year-old John “Cutter”Moses at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to the V.I. Police Department, Moses was arrested without incident in Estate Wintberg.
John 'Cutter' Moses (VIPD photo)

Police Seek Kidnapping Suspect

The V.I. Police Department is on the lookout for John "Cutter" Moses, who escaped while wearing police handcuffs after being arrested on suspicion of a reported kidnapping on St. Thomas.
Marcos Arroyo-Torres (VIPD photo)

Marcos Arroyo-Torres Charged in Fatal Accident

The V.I. Police Department on Monday arrested 43-year-old Marcos Arroyo-Torres and charged him with vehicular homicide and manslaughter in the traffic accident that took the life of five-year-old girl.

Five-Year-Old Girl Killed in Two-Car Accident

A two-car collision Sunday evening on St. Croix took the life of five-year-old Penelope Tutein, the V.I. Police reported. The accident took place at about 7:33 p.m. on Peter’s Rest Road, west of Cool Out Bar in Estate Peter’s Rest.

STX: Verbal Altercation Leads to Shooting

Three men were injured Saturday afternoon when a verbal altercation led to a gunfight breaking out at Rainbow Beach in Frederiksted, the V.I. Police Department reported. The three victims, one a teenager and two men in their 20s, were being treated at the Juan F. Luis Hospital.

Homicides 2019

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2019 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island. The Source does not include suicides or vehicular homicides in its listing.
Quasheen A Christian (VIPD photo)

STX: Police Arrest Carjack/Burglary Suspect

The V.I. Police Department on Thursday arrested suspect in a robbery and carjacking that took place Wednesday night. According to police, 19-year-old Quasheen A. Christian, who was a person of interest for this incident, was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery.

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