St. Croix man charged with threatening woman with knife over food stamps


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ST. CROIX - A Mary's Fancy man remains jailed after he was unable to post bail in a case in which he is charged with assaulting a woman and threatening her with a knife.

Craig Bradshaw, 34, made his initial appearance Monday in V.I. Superior Court before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan and was charged with the crimes of simple assault and battery, brandishing a deadly weapon and third-degree assault, all as acts of domestic violence.

According to the court document filed by V.I. Police Officer Anthony Drew, police were called to the home about 3 p.m. Saturday and met with a woman who reported that she and Bradshaw got into an argument because he wanted her to turn over her food stamp card for him to pay off a debt to a friend.

She said she refused and the argument began.

According to Drew, the woman said Bradshaw told her to get out of the house and when she began to pack her belongings, he grabbed her and began punching her in her face and abdomen.

The documents state that the woman's 12-year-old son began to punch Bradshaw to get him off of her and Bradshaw turned and went after the boy, so she grabbed him by his long locks to keep him back.

She said she told the children to run from the house so they could get help and when she was yelling, Bradshaw told her to tone her voice down or he would cut her throat, according to Drew's report.

She said he pulled out a butcher knife and stabbed a plastic trash bin twice as he threatened her. He told her that if she brings the police for him, he would stab her in front of them, so they would have something to really take him to jail for, according to the police report.

When police arrived at the house, they found Bradshaw behind the house and told him they would be arresting him, but he refused to comply and said he was going back into his residence and that police should leave.

According to Drew, when police tried to take Bradshaw into custody, he began tensing up his arms and body, stiffening his hands, walking away from police and had to be subdued by officers.

Drew said Bradshaw was taken to the police station for booking, where he continuously kicked and shook the metal bars inside the cell, then complained about pain in his wrists and was taken to Luis Hospital, where he was treated and released.

During the release hearing Monday, Assistant Public Defender Venetia Velasquez asked the court to set bail at $15,000 because Bradshaw had a prior arrest for domestic violence. She asked that he be allowed to post 10 percent of the bond, but did not have a proposed third-party custodian to put before the court.

Assistant Attorney General Joseph Ponteen objected to the partial proposition, saying that regardless of the additional conditions, the prosecution would ask that the bail be fully secured before Bradshaw is released.

Hearing that, Bradshaw, became irate. He began shouting that he had to get out of jail.

"I need to get out of here, I need to work to take care of my family," he said.

After repeated verbal warnings from marshals and his attorney, asking him to quiet down and regain his composure, two marshals had to physically remove Bradshaw from the courtroom.

Gallivan said the release motion will be heard when the circumstances change.

Bradshaw remains in custody at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

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

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