Court hearing for suspect in armed robbery postponed after Golden Grove lockdown
Published: August 24, 2013
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ST. CROIX - The advice-of-rights hearing for suspected robber Martin Isidore has been continued at least until Monday after a medical situation developed at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility just hours after Isidore was taken into custody.
Isidore was arrested just before 11 a.m. Thursday after surrendering to police, who had issued a wanted poster to the local media Tuesday.
His advice-of-rights hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, but V.I. Corrections Bureau officials reported to the court that there was a possible disease outbreak at the prison that may have been contagious, and the detainees had been quarantined and medicated and could not be transported to the court for fear of exposing others to the possible illness.
According to a police report by V.I. Police Detective Leon Cruz, he was called to respond to a robbery that occurred at 2:09 a.m. July 13 at the Hidden Island Bar in Estate Glynn. Cruz said that when he arrived, two women and a bar attendant reported that they had been robbed by a man who had his face covered with a cloth and was armed.
In talking to witnesses, Cruz learned that one witness said he recognized Isidore as the person who came into the establishment because of his build and his voice and because the witness knows him from the Mon Bijou area.
Cruz said witnesses reported that Isidore came around the side of the building and fired a shot in the air when he saw the women and demanded that they hand over their purses, which they did. He then tried to fire another shot into the air, but the gun jammed and he racked the gun again and fired a shot into the air, according to the report.
Cruz said that after taking the purses from the women, Isidore demanded money from the third person and then fired a final shot into the air before running away east of the building.
The victims said their purses contained cell phones, more than $800 in cash and personal belongings, including passports and Social Security cards.
Police made unsuccessful attempts to locate Isidore at his mother's home in Mon Bijou, but after police issued the wanted posters, he turned himself in.
Isidore was charged with first-degree robbery; third-degree assault; unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence; using a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence; grand larceny; possession of stolen property; possession of ammunition; failure to report a firearm brought into the territory; first-degree reckless endangerment; and aiming a firearm.
Bail was set at $125,000.
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