5 minors accused of attempted murder in Magens Bay assault and robbery


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ST. THOMAS - Police arrested five boys Monday and Tuesday and charged them with attempted murder in connection with the severe beating of a man found in a public shower stall at Magens Bay Beach.

Police also released the name of the victim, 65-year-old William Hyde, and said he has been transferred to a stateside medical facility by his family.

Hyde was found unresponsive with multiple lacerations to the head and without identification on Nov. 24. Police initially asked the community for help identifying him. At the time, police said Hyde was in stable condition at Schneider Hospital and was "improving."

The five boys, who are 16 and 17 years old, also have been charged with first-degree assault, kidnapping, grand larceny, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle and two counts each of using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence.

One of the boys knew Hyde and called him for a ride on Nov. 23, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the V.I. Police Department.

When Hyde arrived at Anna's Retreat, the boy got into the truck and four others came out of the bushes and also got into the truck, police said.

The boys threatened Hyde with a BB gun and forced him into the back cab of the truck and took him to the beach, where they assaulted him, according to police.

The boys were taken to Juvenile Court and advised of their rights. They then were released by the court to the custody of their parents or guardians pending further court action.

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