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Jury Finds Oral Christopher Smith Guilty of Murder After 2018 Assault

A Superior Court jury found Oral Christopher Smith guilty of murder Friday, Acting V.I. Attorney General Carol Thomas-Jacobs announced.

Man Blames Girlfriend For Auto Accident, Then Assaults Her

A man on St. Thomas was arrested for assault after blaming his girlfriend for an auto accident, the V.I. Police Department reported. 

Pilfering Pair Busted Boosting Brandy

Police on St. Thomas arrested a pair of relatives in the midst of an alleged shoplifting spree. Court documents said the spree didn’t last long but caused a lot of excitement.

Operation Clean Sweep Clears Out Some Guns and Illegal Drugs in Red Hook, STT

Four arrests were made on St. Thomas Tuesday surrounding both gun and drug possession, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Crime Stoppers Needs Your Help Solving a Burglary

Police and detectives are investigating a robbery at gunpoint that allegedly took place in Bordeaux on St. Thomas Monday, the V.I. Police Department reported. 

Brothel Madam Ordered to Pay $1M to Sex Trafficking Victims

A guest house owner on St. Thomas appeared for sentencing in District Court on Monday. The judge presiding over the case ordered the defendant to serve seven years, and four months in prison after she pleaded guilty to importing foreign nationals to work as prostitutes. 

Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Female Minor

A St. Croix man was arrested Tuesday for the sexual assault of a female minor, the V.I. Police Department reported Tuesday.

Update: Coki Point Shooting Suspect Arrested

Shamal Gabriel, age 30, turned himself into VIPD Monday, facing murder charges for the shooting and death of Delroy Venzen.

St. Croix Man Arrested on 2004 Florida Warrant

A St. Croix man arrested on a Florida warrant made his initial appearance in court Monday, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced.

Brothel Owner Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison

A St. Thomas brothel owner was sentenced in federal court Monday, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced.

Shooting on St. Croix Marks Third Homicide of 2023

A man on St. Croix was shot dead Saturday at Sunny Isle Shopping Center Parking Lot, the V.I. Police Department reported. 

Man Shot in Round de Field on St. Thomas

A St. Thomas man, while enjoying himself Round de Field, was shot Saturday, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Erratic Episode Ends in Grandfather’s Home Ablaze

A man is under arrest in connection with a fire on Friday at a home in Estate Humbug on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported.

St. Thomas Woman Arrested for Making Unauthorized Electronic Money Transfers

A St. Thomas woman was arrested Friday for making illegal electronic money transfers, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Residence Burglarized on St. John

A burglary was reported Wednesday on St. John, according to the V.I. Police Department.

Police Investigating Apparent Drowning in Maho Bay on St. John

A Wisconsin man died Wednesday of an apparent drowning while snorkeling in Maho Bay on St. John's north shore, the V.I. Police Department reported.

VIPD Makes Arrest in Territory’s First Homicide of 2023

Police thanked community assistance Tuesday for the quick arrest of a suspect in the territory’s first homicide of 2023.

Two Men At King Airport Charged With Cocaine Smuggling

Two men in their 20s face up to 20 years in prison after botching an alleged cocaine smuggling plan at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, officials said Monday.

Man Shot on St. Thomas Marks First USVI Homicide of 2023

A man was found unresponsive in the early hours of Sunday, the V.I. Police Department reported. 

Homicides 2023

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2023 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island.
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