Couple carjacked after stopping to offer assistance

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ST. THOMAS - A couple who stopped to help two men who seemed to be having car trouble ended up being robbed at gunpoint, and their car was stolen.

One suspect, 24-year-old Orville Williams, appeared in V.I. Superior Court on Thursday to be advised of his rights on charges of first-degree robbery; first-degree assault; grand larceny; using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence; unauthorized use of a vehicle; and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Williams, who was arrested Wednesday, is in the custody of the V.I. Corrections Bureau on $100,000 bail. Magistrate-designate Carolyn Purcell reduced Williams's bail from the original $210,000.

The other man has not been arrested.

According to police, the couple had just finished a night at the movies Tuesday when they left the parking lot, stopping at the intersection where Weymouth Rhymer Highway meets Donoe Road about 9:15 p.m.

A white Rav 4 sports utility vehicle, was stopped in the roadway, and the couple pulled their vehicle, a red Ford Escape, behind the other, police said.

A man, later identified as Williams, stepped out of the vehicle and approached the couple's, soon after followed by another man, according to police.

Williams had a pellet gun, and the other man had a knife, according to the probable cause fact sheet.

The two men approached the couple's car, where the woman was sitting in the driver's seat, and her companion was in the passenger seat.

Williams pointed the gun at the man while the other assailant asked the woman to get out of the car and leave the keys in the ignition, according to the probable cause fact sheet.

The men took the victims' cell phones, as well as the woman's Coach purse and $250 in cash, according to the affidavit.

Williams then drove away with the woman's vehicle toward Skyline Drive, and the other man drove away in the Rav 4, police said.

Once the assailants left, the couple ran toward Home Depot to get help.

Police interviewed the couple, and officers spotted the woman's vehicle soon after near the same place that it was stolen, according to the probable cause fact sheet. The driver of the vehicle, however, fled.

About 11:10 p.m., officers spotted Williams walking in the same area and arrested him. He had a pellet gun and two cell phones later identified as the couple's on his person, police said.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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