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caribstx
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From the VI Consortium today:

ST. CROIX — A 33-year-old man who moved from North Carolina to the U.S. Virgin Islands for hurricane recovery work, was shot to death on Thursday night during a robbery incident at the Castaway Bar on the East End of St. Croix, located near the Ziggy’s Gas Station in Estate Solitude.

The incident was confirmed to The Consortium Thursday morning by Virgin Islands Police Department Commissioner Delroy Richards. Additional information was provided by V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Glen Dratte.

The 911 emergency call center received notification of the robbery and shooting from a concerned resident at 11:39 p.m. Wednesday. The caller also stated that three masked men had fled the area in a blue Jeep Wrangler, police said.

Upon the arrival of detectives to the scene, eye witnesses said the three men entered the facility and stood at three different areas. With guns drawn, the men demanded that patrons lay on the ground. Among patrons of the bar was a man believed to be intoxicated, who was not sure what was going on. One police officer said he was told by witnesses that the intoxicated man first thought the entire situation was a prank.

To convey their intentness on the crime, the men shot multiple rounds in the air. Soon after, they shot the intoxicated man, ran to the cash register area, stole an undetermined amount of cash and fled the scene in the blue Jeep Wrangler, the officer, who was on the scene following the shooting, told The Consortium.

The victim was rushed to the hospital and at the time was said to be in critical condition, according to Police Commissioner Richards. At about 12:53 a.m. Thursday, the victim was pronounced dead, he said.

The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Derrick Cribb, according to Mr. Dratte. He was on St. Croix working with APTIM, a firm hired by the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority, to perform recovery work in the territory.

Robbery of Jeep Wrangler believed to be involved in shooting

On Monday night a blue Jeep Wrangler fitting the description of the getaway vehicle used in the Wednesday night robbery and shooting, was stolen during a home invasion incident in Bellevue, Christiansted, Mr. Richards said. The commissioner said the victim told police that he was tied up by the suspects, who then stole $700 from him along with his blue Jeep Wrangler.

Mr. Richards said the V.I.P.D. would be relentless in its efforts to apprehend those involved. And he expressed revulsion with the occurrence.

“They come to this territory to help us, and you got folks whose only way of thinking is to commit these crimes,” the commissioner said. “I’ve relayed to my officers that we’ve got to be relentless, we’ve got to pursue all the leads, because if we don’t catch these guys, they are going to do it again.”

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Topic starter Posted : November 15, 2018 3:54 pm
daveb722
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Sad, i stop there all the time. RiP young man.

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Posted : November 15, 2018 5:18 pm
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damn, what a shame

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Posted : November 15, 2018 6:18 pm
Scubadoo
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Even east end is not safe

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Posted : November 15, 2018 11:32 pm
stxsailor
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Time for the VIPd to step aside since they wont arrest friends and relatives and let the Feds clean it up. Every time STX takes two steps forward douche bag thugs with guns take us three steps back.If you want to shoot up house parties and you're housing communities (the residents of these place need to stand up and get out of the "won't rat out neighbor mentality") have at it, just stay out of the restaurants, mini malls, shopping centers or any place else the law abiding citizens and children go. Seems like these clowns thugs and government want to ensure that no on e goes out at night, the economy tanks and we become another Port Au Prince.
Save the "crime happens everywhere" story I don't care about everywhere. i care about my home.

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Posted : November 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Fishbait
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If the article is accurate they had two days to find a stolen Jeep and maybe prevent this shooting. What happened with that? Nobody saw anything?

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Posted : November 16, 2018 2:35 pm
stxsailor
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"If the article is accurate they had two days to find a stolen Jeep and maybe prevent this shooting. What happened with that? Nobody saw anything?"

Again it falls into the "me no know nuttin" category

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Posted : November 16, 2018 2:40 pm
islandjoan
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I found this interesting news story about crime on STX during and after "Fountain Valley"....some interesting reading for sure. st croix crime NYT article archive

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Posted : November 16, 2018 5:05 pm
caribstx
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I found this interesting news story about crime on STX during and after "Fountain Valley"....some interesting reading for sure. st croix crime NYT article archive

I read the whole article, although there were some weird composition issues caused by the digitization.

My take: Not much has changed since it was written.

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Topic starter Posted : November 16, 2018 7:11 pm
stxsailor
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“They come to this territory to help us, and you got folks whose only way of thinking is to commit these crimes,” the commissioner said. “I’ve relayed to my officers that we’ve got to be relentless, we’ve got to pursue all the leads, because if we don’t catch these guys, they are going to do it again.”

The usual BS statement form VIPD but that is the last you will hear about it. business a usual.

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Posted : November 16, 2018 8:01 pm
STTsailor
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Bring in the mafia to clean up the crime. Nice concept from NYT article.

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Posted : November 17, 2018 12:32 am
Cat
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How's that Serieux child-murder "investigation" going, anyway?

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Posted : November 17, 2018 1:21 pm
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As an aside...if you are interested in podcasts, the third season of Serial has just finished. It is basically a look at the criminal justice system. Broken and rotten.

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Posted : November 17, 2018 2:48 pm
stxdreaming
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Does anyone know how the crime on STX compares to say the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands etc? Is it comparable?

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Posted : November 17, 2018 4:39 pm
STTsailor
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Cuba seems to be the safest of all Carribiean. Jamaica the most dangerous.

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Posted : November 17, 2018 5:03 pm
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Without doubt a lot more crimes would be solved if people were more willing to cooperate with the police, and I certainly wish they would, but not ratting out others is a long ingrained part of American culture and not just here. When I was a kid being called a snitch was fighting words. Even our President recently publicly berated his ex lawyer for being a "snitch" by having the audacity to cooperate with a legal investigation of possible criminal behavior, and I imagine a pretty good percentage of our fellow Americans agreed with his sentiment. So to imply that people who live here are so different than anywhere else in this regard is a bit hypocritical.

I know that our police force here is understaffed, underfunded, and probably under trained, which undoubtedly negatively effects their crime solve rate. But even in the states, the crime solve rate is much lower than TV shows would lead you to believe.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/194213/crime-clearance-rate-by-type-in-the-us/

So not finding a stolen vehicle in two days is probably not too unusual most anywhere in the states.

Although I believe I am at a higher risk of being a crime victim here than anywhere else I have lived in my life, it is still an acceptable risk to me. And if it ever reaches the point where I am scared to go out to a restaurant at night, which I and many others do several times a week do based on the crowds I see, then I will move somewhere else.

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Posted : November 17, 2018 5:11 pm
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How's that Serieux child-murder "investigation" going, anyway?

It's possible that the killer may have committed suicide shortly after the murder was committed.

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Posted : November 17, 2018 8:02 pm
STTsailor
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I just located latest stats.

USVI ranks higher than Jamaica. We ranked just behind Honduras, Salvador and Venezuela.

According to these numbers we should be joining that caravan heading for US Mexico boarder. Seems like a safer bet than staying here.

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Posted : November 17, 2018 8:27 pm
STTsailor
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Fear and lack of fear is a feeling that is not very rational. People are scared of flying but not scared of driving. Chance of dying in airline accident is infinitely less likely that dying in car accident. I remember when living in Scandinavia in the 80’s locals were in fear of violent crimes. They were obsessed with personal safety while living is safest environment on earth. Perhaps the reverse is true here.

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Posted : November 17, 2018 8:38 pm
islandjoan
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I read the updated story in the Avis yesterday. What awful luck to walk out of the bathroom into a holdup robbery and get shot six times and killed! Soooo sad. My condolences to this gentleman's family and friends.

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Posted : November 18, 2018 12:38 pm
stxsailor
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Yes our police force is under trained and underfunded but there is also a lack of desire, they don't want to arrest friends and relatives. It is hard enough to get them on patrol let alone out of their cars. Drive by Bassen triangle on a Friday or Saturday night. Its full of police cars. Shouldn't they be out patrolling? I'd be willing to bet many aren't on the police force to "protect and to serve" but more to get that coveted government job where you don't need to perform your job well, just show up.

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Posted : November 19, 2018 2:32 pm
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Fundraiser this Saturday 11/24 from 2-9 at Castaways for the murder victims family!.

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Posted : November 19, 2018 5:48 pm
caribstx
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stxsailor wrote:
Yes our police force is under trained and underfunded but there is also a lack of desire, they don't want to arrest friends and relatives. It is hard enough to get them on patrol let alone out of their cars. Drive by Bassen triangle on a Friday or Saturday night. Its full of police cars. Shouldn't they be out patrolling? I'd be willing to bet many aren't on the police force to "protect and to serve" but more to get that coveted government job where you don't need to perform your job well, just show up.

Not only that, but, you'd think they have some sort of physical fitness or body mass requirement.

Some of those cops are grossly unfit.

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Topic starter Posted : November 19, 2018 6:08 pm
stxsailor
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VIPD hires using the mirror test. hold a mirror under their nose, if it fogs up they are alive and therefore eligible. ( i heard saying that from a friend)

i agree there must be NO fitness test

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Posted : November 19, 2018 6:59 pm
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http://jointhevipd.com/

stxsailor wrote:
VIPD hires using the mirror test. hold a mirror under their nose, if it fogs up they are alive and therefore eligible. ( i heard saying that from a friend)

i agree there must be NO fitness test

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Posted : November 19, 2018 7:27 pm
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