Police ask for help in locating assault suspect
Published: January 15, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Unable to find Steadroy Hurst for a week to question him in connection with a shotgun attack on another man, the V.I. Police Department is asking for the community's assistance.
Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said that Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives on St. Croix have issued a wanted poster for Hurst, 25, in connection with a first-degree assault that took place just after 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Work and Rest area.
At that time, officers were dispatched to the scene in the residential area and found a man who was injured, laying on the ground. The man was bleeding, and the officers saw a knife and a spent shotgun shell on the ground close to him, according to Rames.
Police determined that the injured man was armed with the knife while arguing with another man, now identified as Hurst, who had a shotgun and during the course of the altercation, Hurst fired a shot, striking the man in his foot, according to Rames. Hurst fled the area after the shooting, she said.
The man was treated at Luis Hospital for a single gunshot wound to his foot and later released.
Hurst, also known as Roy, has a medium to dark complexion, with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and has worked in the construction industry. Hurst is known to frequent Estate Work and Rest and Junie's Bar and Restaurant.
Anyone who has seen Hurst in the last week or who knows his whereabouts or has any other information that can assist officers can contact Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives at 712-6077, 712-6037 or 911 or call the confidential tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.
Rames said anyone who is found to be harboring or assisting Hurst can face criminal prosecution.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.