St. Croix man charged with assault after woman said he beat, choked her


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ST. CROIX - A 30-year-old man remains jailed after two women told police he assaulted and threatened to kill them, but the man says he was only defending himself.

Shadrach Petersen, of Marley Homes was advised of his rights Tuesday morning by Magistrate Jessica Gallivan on second-degree assault and related charges. He was arrested Monday morning.

According to a report filed by police officer Stephanie Gabriel, officers responded to a reported disturbance in the Marley housing community in Frederiksted.

A woman told them she went to Petersen's home with her sister to retrieve a television and that his mother let them inside, according to the report. She said they went to Petersen's bedroom and were having a civil conversation with him until she said she had come for her television.

According to the report, the woman told police that Petersen became enraged and grabbed her by her neck and tried to strangle her. She said he squeezed her neck as she struggled to get away.

As she struggled, the woman told officers Petersen grabbed her hair and she fell to the ground.

He the punched her in her face and threw a piece of furniture at her.

It was then, she told officers, that she grabbed his testicles and her sister got involved and restrained him by grabbing his hair, according to the police report.

The woman told police that Petersen's mother, who is hearing impaired, then came to the room and signaled to them to leave.

As they were leaving, Petersen threatened that he would kill them and their entire family if he ever saw them again, she said.

According to the police report, the woman had a laceration to her upper lip, contusions on her neck, a bite mark on her arm and multiple scratches on her neck, chest and finger. The second woman had scratches on her neck and chest, the report stated.

Gabriel said officers located Petersen at his home and took him to the police station for questioning where he waived his right to remain silent and gave a statement.

According to Petersen, he was asleep in his bedroom when his mother came to tell him that he had visitors. According to the police report, Petersen told his mother to make them leave.

Moments later, the two women came to his room and "started drama," Petersen told police.

The woman twice dragged the sheets off him and then said they were taking the television, Petersen said.

At the police station, Petersen told the officers that he did not have a problem with that, but when he asked to retrieve a DVD from inside the television the woman refused. Petersen told the officers he then got mad and tried to take the set and in the struggle that ensued, one woman grabbed his testicles while the other one grabbed his hair. Petersen said he grabbed the woman because he was in pain, according to the report.

He denied choking her and said he only put his hands on her to defend himself.

Petersen was arrested and bail was set at $15,000. A hearing for a motion on his release has been scheduled for today.

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

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