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.
According to police, patrol officers of the Mariel C. Newton Command were dispatched by the 911 emergency call center to the Hometown Service Station in Anna’s Retreat, in reference to a reported kidnapping.
Two minor females, ages 11 and 14, reported that while walking to the service station that were accosted by an unknown black male, later identified as Moses, who they said approached them in an olive-green colored SUV and verbally forced them to get into his vehicle, threatening to hurt them if they didn’t.
Moses took the female minors to the store and told them to get some snacks for themselves and a Heineken for him, which he paid for.
He then took them to the Anna’s Retreat residential area where they got out of the vehicle and ran.
While the girls were with their parents making the report at the Hometown Service Station, Moses returned to the scene, where he was confronted and apprehended.
However, he escaped from custody with handcuffs still on and as of 10 p.m. Monday was still at large.
Police said Moses is dangerous, with an extensive criminal history.
The police file photo accompanying this story is of a younger Cutter, who is now 41 years old . He stands about 6 feet tall with a slim build, dark complexion with short black and gray hair.
This case is under investigation by the Domestic Violence Unit. Police urhed anyone with information about the incident to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 ext. 5569 or 340-715-5535, the 911 center, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS). Police said tipsters also could call the Office of the Chief at 340-715-5548 or Det. S. Gabriel at 340-715-5535.