St. Croix man accused of assault with metal pipe


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ST. CROIX - Police arrested a Peter's Rest man on assault and weapon charges after reports that he hit a man in the face, causing serious injury.

Raymond Johannes was advised of his rights Thursday morning after being arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree assault and using a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence.

According to police, the charges stem from an incident in which a man told police that he and his girlfriend were arguing inside their apartment because she threw away some of his "weed." The man said they argued and the woman proceeded to throw some of his personal items around the apartment, according to police report.

The man said he and the woman began to fight, and she took a cane and struck him with it several times before Johannes and his father arrived at the scene.

Officers interviewed Johannes, who said he went to the apartment when the woman called to report that the man had assaulted her, according to police.

According to police, Johannes said he had his head down as the argument continued, and when he looked up, he saw the man lunge at him. Johannes reacted and struck the man one time in his face with a metal pipe that he had in his hands, police said.

Police said the man was taken to Luis Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured jaw, three broken upper teeth and one lower tooth that was knocked out completely. He also had a laceration to his lip.

At Thursday's hearing, Magistrate Miguel Camacho set Johannes' bail at $25,000.

Assistant Public Defender Venetia Velasquez asked the court to allow Johannes to be released from jail on an unsecured bond in the amount of $25,000 bail, conditions to which Assistant Attorney General Melissa Ortiz did not object.

However, Camacho said as he reviewed the police report and took note of the victim's injuries, he could not agree with releasing Johannes without some surety. The judge said Johannes would have to post at least 10 percent of the bond to be released to a third-party custodian.

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

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