Man arrested after woman says he hit her, held a knife to her face


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ST. CROIX - Police have made an arrest in an incident reported last weekend in which a woman said a relative threatened her with a knife against her throat.

Leocardio Guadeloupe, 51, of Louis E. Browne housing community made his initial court appearance in Magistrate Court on Thursday and was advised of his rights on charges of first-degree robbery; third-degree assault; using a dangerous weapon during the commission of a violent crime; simple assault; and grand larceny.

According to the report filed by V.I. Police Officer Andrea Claxton, a woman showed up at the police station in Frederiksted about 1:30 p.m. Sunday and reported that her relative, Guadeloupe, had assaulted her.

She said they were on King Street in Frederiksted having a conversation when Guadeloupe got angry and slapped her on the right side of her face twice, causing her face to swell.

She said she asked Guadeloupe how he could hit her and continued to argue when he pulled a knife out of his clothes and placed it up against her neck. She said her friend, who was in the area, intervened and pushed Guadeloupe off of her.

According to the woman, Guadeloupe then took her cellular phone and threatened her, saying that if she goes to the police he would kill her.

Claxton said she observed swelling and redness on the woman's face.

Police contacted Guadeloupe on Wednesday afternoon and asked him about the allegations, and he admitted that he had taken the phone, according to Claxton's report. Guadeloupe told police that he had the phone but that he wanted to get his chip out of the phone before he returned it, according to the report.

Guadeloupe was arrested and bail was set at $75,000.

Unable to post bail, Guadeloupe remains jailed at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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