Man charged with slashing brother during argument appears in court

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ST. CROIX - One of two brothers injured in a knife fight Tuesday morning appeared in Magistrate Court on Wednesday after being arrested and charged with third-degree assault and mayhem.

Robert Williams, 23, was charged with the crime after he admitted to police that he struck his brother with a machete at their Peter's Rest home early Tuesday morning.

An initial statement issued Tuesday by the V.I. Police Department said the attack occurred about 6 a.m. Saturday.

Bail was initially not set in the case because it was treated as an act of domestic violence, but during the advice-of-rights hearing on Wednesday, Magistrate Jessica Gallivan set bail at $15,000.

She said Williams would be released from prison if he is able to post 10 percent of the bail and be placed with a third-party custodian.

According to the police report filed by Officer Keriscia Polidore, Williams and his brother got into an argument early Tuesday morning, after he said he was playing the television set too loud while his brother tried to sleep.

Williams told police that the confrontation turned physical, and his brother stabbed him in his chest with a knife. He said he tried a number of times to call police for assistance, but each time his grandfather, who also was in the house, pulled the phone cord from the wall.

Williams said he armed himself with a machete and went charging after his brother, who ran from the house and into the yard, where he fell.

Williams said he struck his brother with the machete on the back of his arm one time, but that he did not strike him again because he knows it is his brother and he felt compassion for him.

Williams said his brother got up and ran from the home and from the area.

Polidore said when police arrived at the home, they saw Williams bleeding profusely from the chest and they took a statement from Williams and the grandfather and were notified via radio that the other man was laying on the ground in front of Gateway Service Station.

She said when police arrived, Williams' brother was found bleeding profusely from a large laceration to his elbow.

Both men were transported to Luis Hospital where they were treated for their wounds. Williams was taken into custody and charged after being discharged.

Police said Tuesday that Williams' brother, 26-year-old Eugene Mason, also would be charged when he is released from Luis Hospital.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email

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