Police looking into possible homicide reported on St. John


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Police on St. John are investigating the suspicious death of a Boatman Road, Cruz Bay, resident a day after a burglary was reported at the same residence.

According to records maintained by the Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency, 911 dispatchers received a call of a deceased person at 9:54 a.m. Sunday. At 10:05 a.m., the incident was reclassified as a homicide.

St. John Deputy Police Chief Maria Jones confirmed that police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred at a Boatman Road apartment, according to Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.

Police were notified of the case by 911 dispatchers, Rames said.

The man was found dead in his apartment, Jones said.

The Boatman Road area is near St. John's south shore and includes many large homes with pools and vacation villas.

At 8:18 a.m. Saturday, VITEMA records recorded a burglary at the same address, Boatman Road 18.

Major Crime and Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives are investigating the death and forensic agents processed the scene Sunday, according to Jones.

If confirmed by police, this would be the first homicide of the year on St. John and the third homicide in the territory. There has been one homicide on St. Thomas and one on St. Croix.

The most recent murder on St. John was that of Tiny Jah Jarvis, 31, who was shot to death in the Bellevue Village housing community on Aug. 17, 2012. Ralph Titre, 23, was charged with murder. A 17-year-old was later charged in connection with the case for being in possession of the murder weapon.

Anyone with information about the death can call detectives at 714-9834, 715-5522 or 911 or call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477.

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