St. Croix man pleads not guilty to assault in connection with stabbing at Sunny Isle


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ST. CROIX - A man accused of seriously wounding a Sion Farm man by stabbing him at Sunny Isle last month was advised of his rights on Friday.

Kaleed Ferdinand, 24, who was arrested Thursday night on a warrant, also was arraigned Friday before V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Miguel Camacho. Ferdinand pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree assault, third-degree assault and carrying or using a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence.

According to an affidavit supporting the charges by V.I. Police Detective Cureene Smith, the assault was reported in the early morning hours, shortly after midnight on May 15.

When police arrived at a gas station where the victim had been, they were told the victim had been taken by private vehicle to Luis Hospital, Smith wrote.

An emergency room doctor told police that the victim had lacerations on both sides of his back, that both of his lungs were partially collapsed, and that he was not doing well, Smith wrote.

According to the affidavit, when police went back to the service station, the attendant told them there had been blood in front of the establishment, but that the attendant had cleaned it up.

However, police saw a blood trail leading from the service station across the street to the Sunny Isle shopping center, in the vicinity of the theater billboard.

Later in May, the victim was able to speak with police, and he told them that while he was at home in Sion Farm on May 14, he was talking to a man and woman he knew when the conversation got heated and turned into an argument, Smith wrote.

The victim told police there was a point when the man pulled out a knife and he, in turn, got a golf club from his yard, according to the affidavit.

At one point, a neighbor came out and told them to hold down the noise, and the victim told police he then decided to go for a walk to get cigarettes from a service station, the affidavit states.

The victim told police he threw his golf club into the yard and walked off, but while he was on the way to the service station, he heard Ferdinand call out to him and tell him to wait up, Smith wrote.

The victim told police that because Ferdinand, a neighbor, was not part of the initial incident, he waited for Ferdinand, according to the affidavit.

However, when Ferdinand got near, Ferdinand swung a knife at him, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police the man he had gotten into the argument with then came and held him while Ferdinand stabbed him, according to the affidavit.

The victim reported that he ran to get away, but the two men chased him and caught him under the movie theater billboard and knifed him again, Smith wrote.

The victim reported he ultimately was able to break away and made it to the service station for help.

On Friday, Ferdinand's attorney asked for an unsecured bond, but the prosecutor objected.

Camacho kept the $75,000 bail from the warrant, but allowed for a 10 percent provision. If Ferdinand is released, it would be to a third-party custodian, with other conditions set, including 24-hour house arrest with a monitor.

- Contact Joy Blackburn at 714-9145 or email jblackburn@dailynews.vi.

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