St. Croix man charged with attempted murder after woman says he choked her, left her for dead


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ST. CROIX - A 34-year-old man remains jailed on attempted murdered and related charges after police said he choked a woman almost to death during the weekend.

William Thelusma, of Estate Sion Hill appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge Robert Molloy on Monday morning and was advised of his rights on charges of second-degree assault; simple assault; attempted murder; and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence.

According to a police report filed by V.I. Police Detective Gregory Charlery, the charges stem from an incident reported Friday afternoon in which a woman said that Thelusma assault her and left her for dead.

The woman told police that she and Thelusma were at her apartment when an argument ensued. The woman said he began yelling and cursing at her and grabbed her by her shirt.

She said he then slapped her face repeatedly and dragged her to the bathroom near the shower, grabbed a pair of scissors and pressed it against her face, while threatening to kill her.

According to the report, the woman said Thelusma then dragged her back to a bedroom, grabbed her by her throat, lifted her off the ground, then slammed her onto a bed.

The woman told police Thelusma began hitting her about her body with his elbow, swore on the lives of his children that he would kill her, made the sign of the cross over her body, then began squeezing her throat so tightly that she lost consciousness and became incontinent.

According to the police report, when the woman regained consciousness, she asked Thelusma to stop and begged for her life, then he left the home.

Charlery said the woman had bruises to her left upper cheek, ears, temple, arm, ribs and upper back and had scratch marks and bruising on both sides of her neck. She said she was in fear of her life and was taken into protective custody, according to the report.

Charlery said she made contact with Thelusma hours later and he waived his right to remain silent and told police that he never assaulted the woman.

Charlery said he told police that the woman had asked him to choke her while they were intimate, but that he never hit her and he did not know how she got the other bruises about her body.

Thelusma faces more than 30 years in prison if tried and convicted of the charges against him.

No bail was set in the case, and Assistant Public Defender Yolan Brow Ross asked the court to scheduled a hearing on a release motion for 9 a.m. today. At that time bail and other potential release conditions will be set by the court.

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

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