Authorities arrest 2 men in Sugar Estate armed robbery


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ST. THOMAS - V.I. police arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery Friday afternoon after a pursuit that stopped-up traffic in Estate Thomas and Sugar Estate while Charlotte Amalie High School students thronged Alton Adams Sr. Drive.

Police on St. Thomas apprehended two suspects after they were identified as the men who robbed a 21-year-old woman on 8th Street in Sugar Estate.

Police arrested Vershawn Monsanto, 19, and Walter Hill III, 26, shortly after officers on patrol noticed two men running in the area of Lockhart Gardens about 3:30 p.m.

Simultaneously, 911 dispatchers received a report of an armed robbery at the same location, according to V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.

Police pursued the suspects, as an onslaught of police vehicles converged from all directions into Sugar Estate, weaving in and out of heavy after-school traffic.

Officers apprehended one of the suspects immediately, and they caught the second man after a brief chase, Rames said.

The victim identified the men as the suspects who stole her cell phone, gold earrings and gold chain, Rames said.

The suspects face charges of first- and second-degree robbery; unauthorized possession of a firearm; aggravated assault and battery; grand larceny; reckless endangerment; and disobeying a lawful order.

Rames did not explain what the assault charge stemmed from or whether the victim sustained any injuries from the incident.

Monsanto and Hill each were held on a $200,000 bail, which they were unable to post.

They were remanded to the V.I. Bureau of Corrections pending their advice-of-rights hearing in V.I. Superior Court.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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