Crime of the Week: Crime Stoppers Paid Out $5,000 in 30 Days

In the last 30 days, Crime Stoppers USVI has paid out $5,000 in rewards. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and pays cash for tips that result in cases being resolved.

Crime Stoppers seeks the public’s help in a pair of homicide cases.

St. Croix: At 6:45 p.m. Oct. 4, 2018, the 911 emergency call center received a report of shots being fired in the vicinity of St Croix Nails in the Golden Rock Shopping Center. At the scene, officers found a man, later identified as 26-year-old Jelani Pitman, lying on the ground in the doorway of the St. Croix Nails Salon. Pitman had sustained several gunshots to the body and was transported to Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital where he died from his injuries.

St. Thomas: At 11:45 p.m. June 25, 2017, officers from the Richard N. Callwood Command traveled to the area of Estate Lerkenlund in response to a report of a gunshot victim. At the scene, officers observed an unresponsive black male with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians concluded that the male did not have any vital signs. His next of kin identified him as 22-year-old Vascott David.

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Anyone with information on the Crime Of The Week cases can call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.P3tips.com or www.crimestoppersvi.org. Callers will be issued a confidential PIN and are encouraged to check back frequently for reward eligibility. Information that leads to the resolution of a case can make the tipster eligible for an anonymous reward.

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