Police investigating robberies involving machete-wielding man


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ST. THOMAS - Virgin Islands police are investigating a string of robberies Monday and Tuesday, all of which have involved a man wielding a machete, although they are not saying whether all three incidents are related.

Police responded to the first incident Monday night when a couple vacationing on St. Thomas reported being robbed.

The couple, a husband and wife, were staying at Bluebeard's Castle Resort.

They had waved down a taxi from the resort and asked the driver to take them to a specific destination, according to V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames. A passenger also was in the taxi with the driver.

Rames did not say what time it was when the couple got into the taxi, nor where the couple was trying to go.

The driver took the couple to a dark street, though the couple later were unable to tell police where they were because they did not know where the street was located.

The driver then demanded money from them, and, with the help of the passenger, threatened the couple, according to police. One of the men had a machete, and the other had a knife, police said.

The driver and passenger then took $100 from the couple, who got out of the taxi and waved down someone who took them back to Bluebeard's, police said.

From Bluebeard's, the couple contacted police, who then responded to the call about 10 p.m.

The couple was unable to provide a description of the suspects, but said that the vehicle was a foreign-made black four-door vehicle.

Not long after, another husband-and-wife couple reported an attempted robbery by a man with a machete.

The couple was in the parking lot of Morning Star Beach, near the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort, when a man carrying a machete came toward them.

The machete had a black handle and sawed blade, the couple told police, and the robber demanded that they hand over their cell phones and money. They ran away from the man, and did not give the robber their belongings.

Several hours later, about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, police received a report that a woman was driving westbound on Frenchman's Bay Road behind a white pickup truck with a man in the truck bed. The truck stopped and the man in the truck bed got out and threatened her with a machete, police said.

The woman said the suspect hit her car with the machete while demanding that she get out of her car. Instead, the woman drove past the truck, hitting it on the right side, and possibly hitting the man as well, according to police.

In another incident at about 11 p.m. Monday night, one which did not involve a man with a machete, a woman told police that a man in a grey hooded jacket attacked her and her friend with a knife.

The woman and her friend were near the Havensight bus shanty when they saw the man.

As they passed him, he told the woman to give him her cell phone. When she refused, the man stabbed the woman's hand. Both the woman and her friend ran and then reported the incident to police.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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