St. Croix woman accused of stabbing man during fight


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ST. CROIX - A Christiansted woman remains in custody after a man was stabbed in his back Sunday afternoon.

Police officer Juan Bermudez was among officers who responded to reports of a stabbing in the D. Hamilton Jackson housing community Sunday, according to a probable cause fact sheet he filed in V.I. Superior Court.

When police arrived, Bermudez said they saw a man laying face down on the apartment's living room floor with a woman kneeling next to him applying pressure to his back with pieces of clothing.

The man was breathing, Bermudez said, but unresponsive when police tried to communicate with him.

Bermudez said the officers saw that the man had a puncture wound to the left side of his lower back and that there was blood on the floor and on the clothes that the woman, who was identified as complex resident Chaselyn Simmiolkjier, had been using to stop the bleeding.

The wounded man was transported to Luis Hospital by ambulance and assessed by the Emergency Room physician, Bermudez said.

Doctors confirmed the man had sustained a single stab wound to his lower back that they believe had punctured his kidney, according to Bermudez.

As the victim was being prepared for surgery, doctors allowed police to talk to the man who was able to tell them that he and Simmiolkjier were at the apartment when they started to argue. According to Bermudez, the victim said at some point she stabbed him in his back, but he was unable to say what type of weapon was used.

Later, when police interviewed Simmiolkjier, she told them the man was stabbed, but she did not know how it happened or who was responsible, Bermudez said in his report.

Just before 9 p.m. Sunday, police arrested Simmiolkjier. She appeared before Magistrate Judge Miguel Camacho on Monday, charged with third-degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence.

During Simmiolkjier's advise of rights hearing Monday, Assistant Public Defender Leslie Davis asked that bail be set at $15,000 because a weapon was said to be used.

She asked Simmiolkjier be allowed to post 10 percent of the bond to secure her release from prison.

Assistant Attorney General Esther Walters did not oppose the bail or 10 percent provision, but also requested that a third-party custodian be approved by the court.

In addition, while Simmiolkjier would be allowed release on those conditions in the current case, she also has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks stemming from a previous case.

Camacho said before she is allowed released on bail she would have to appear before Willocks for a hearing on the matter.

She remains jailed at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

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

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