An apparent home invasion in Estate Strawberry Friday night ended with the suspects fleeing without their loot, and one person ended up in the hospital with a gunshot wound.
According to the V.I. Police Department, at 9:24 p.m. the 911 emergency call center received a call from an Estate Strawberry man that his children were being hostage in their home. According to VIPD spokesman Kevin Jackson, the early police reports did not make where the father had called from or how he knew of the incident.
Police said two children, aged 17 and eight years old, were at the residence Friday night. When the elder of the two went outside to check the home’s air conditioning system, he was approached by three armed men who demanded money.
The individuals then led the 17-year-old into the residence. They found a safe in the house and began to move it outside.
As the suspects got outside the home with the safe, "shots were fired." Jackson said it was not clear from the early police information who had fired, and whether there had been an exchange of gunfire. In either case, the individuals ran off, leaving the safe on the premises.
At that time, 911 received a call from a concerned neighbor, indicating that an individual had been shot and needed help. An ambulance discovered a 17-year-old minor who had been shot twice. According to Jackson, the injured man was not the resident of the house. The wounded person was taken by ambulance the Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital.
Detectives are investigating the matter.