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Man Says Thief Took $6,000 Cash

Police received a report Saturday that a man had been robbed of $6,000 cash Saturday by a man he had met the previous week.

According to the V.I. Police Department, officers responding to a 911 call at 6:49 p.m. Saturday met with the victim on Strand Street in the vicinity of Pickard’s Laundry.

The man told officers that at 1 p.m. he’d received a phone call from a man he knew as Hakeem, who he had met a week earlier. According to the victim, Hakeem told him of an apartment for rent in the Christiansted area. Then Hakeem and two other men picked him up in a tan Ford Focus about 6 p.m. and drove him to an unknown residence on Peter’s Farm Road, where he said Hakeem and the two men went inside, leaving him alone in the vehicle.

The victim said when Hakeem came back to the vehicle, he pointed a black handgun at his chest as he removed his wallet from the right-side pocket of his cargo pants. The victim told the officers he then got out of the car and ran towards Strand Street, where he phoned 911.

The victim, who was not injured, said his wallet had contained $6,000 in cash along with several identification cards.

He described the suspect as having a dark complexion and slim build, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and a low haircut. The victim said Hakeem wore a white T-shirt and short black pants. No description of the other two men was given.

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