Suspect Arrested in Territory’s First Homicide of the Year

Malik Iles (VIPD photo)

A St. Croix man identified as 34-year-old Ray Thomas was shot and killed early Saturday morning in his Estate Sion Hills home, the V.I. Police Department reported. It was the first homicide in the territory in 2020.

According to police at about 2:38 a.m. Saturday the 911 call center received a report of shots fired at a residence in Estate Sion Farm. Officers traveled to the location and found the body of an unresponsive male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

At 6:23 p.m. Saturday, police arrested Malik Iles, age 20 of Barren Spot, and charged him with first-degree murder/domestic violence, in connection with the killing.

In its statement announcing the homicide and arrest, the VIPD thanked the public “for its cooperation in the timely arrest in this case.”

Police urged anyone with additional information to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at 340-778-4950 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

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