St. Croix police seek man in connection with burglary


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ST. CROIX - Police on St. Croix have issued a wanted poster for a man in connection with a burglary who is already on pre-trial release in connection with a burglary from last year and is on parole for a 1997 attempted murder.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said detectives are looking for Joseph Woodfolk, 36, in connection with a second-degree burglary, forcible and unlawful entry and trespassing at a Frederiksted hotel on March 8.

Woodfolk, also known as "JW," originally is from Ohio and frequents Estate La Grange and Frederiksted Town, according to police.

He is described as being 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 168 pounds and having a dark complexion.

Woodfolk's pending charges stem from an August incident last year in which he is accused of barging into a family's home just after sunrise and running away with a bag.

According to a probable cause fact sheet filed by V.I. Police Officer David Stephens, police received a call at 5:47 a.m. Aug. 9 reporting a home invasion in Great Pont, during which a 10-year-old said he was sitting at the computer table, when he saw a man - now identified as Woodfolk - barge through the door and run into the living room.

The boy said the thief grabbed the boy's backpack off of a table and ran out the door, according to the police report.

The burglar didn't get far with the backpack, dropping it at a gate before climbing over and leaving the yard empty-handed, according to police.

Police were called and as they canvassed the area, saw a man fitting the description of the intruder walking on the road.

When the man approached the officers, he asked them for a ride to Christiansted, according to Stephens' report.

Stephens said officers noticed that the man had leaves and twigs on his body and clothes, and they took him to the police station where they questioned him about his activities and subsequently arrested him.

Bail for Woodfolk was set at $50,000, which was posted by a third-party custodian in November.

Woodfolk currently is on parole after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for a 1997 first-degree burglary and attempted murder.

Woodfolk was paroled in 2010 and could face a revocation if he is convicted of another crime.

This would be his third arrest since he has been paroled, but he has no additional convictions.

Woodfolk is scheduled for a status conference before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks today in the 2013 case.

Police asked residents who may know Woodfolk's whereabouts to call detectives at 712-6077, 712-6037 or 911 or call the confidential tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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

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