St. Croix woman arrested, charged with withholding information about a murder
Published: October 5, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives have arrested a woman who they say is withholding information about a murder that occurred during the summer.
Carol Barnes, 47, of Candido Guadalupe housing community was arrested at 8:55 a.m. Friday and charged with concealing knowledge of a felony, making a false report to police and interfering with an officer discharging his duty.
Detectives said the charges stem from the ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting of Andy J. Peters in Lorraine Village Apartments in June.
During interviews with investigators and as recently as Oct. 2, Barnes concealed or failed to report a felony, made false reports to police concerning the case, and as a result has been hindering officers in their investigation of the case, police said.
Peters, also known as "Pan Kido," of Estate Concordia was fatally shot about 10:15 a.m. June 3, when another man opened fire on him in the Lorraine Village parking lot between Building 5 and Building 12.
At the time of his arrest, Peters was on house arrest and under electronic monitoring in connection with charges he faced in connection with a shooting.
According to police, Peters was a passenger in a white Chevrolet Blazer that Barnes was driving when it came under fire by the unidentified gunman. He was struck several times in his body and died at the scene, according to V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.
The sport utility vehicle, which was stopped perpendicular to the normal parking pattern partially blocked the roadway and was damaged in several areas by gunfire.
A forensic technician photographed at least three bullet marks to the vehicle's door and four through the windshield.
Peters' body lay face up on the asphalt, he wore blue jeans, white sneakers, and a white T-shirt that was partially raised to his chest, exposing several bloody wounds.
A court-issued electronic monitoring bracelet was still strapped tightly around his left ankle.
Barnes, though visibly shaken on the scene, was not injured by the gunfire or in any other way physically harmed, police said.
Peters had been released from jail on $75,000 bail earlier this year after being arrested Jan. 27, 2012, with another man in connection with an Oct. 22, 2011, shooting incident in Catherine's Rest.
He had been placed on 24-hour curfew with the use of an electronic monitoring device, but had violated those conditions by leaving his home with the woman minutes before his death.
The court marshal who had been assigned to monitor Peters' device had been inside a courtroom, with his cellular phone turned off and did not receive the alerts from the monitor, according to court officials at that time.
Peters' shooting was the fifth homicide reported to police in the district for the year. Four months later, the tallies are marked at 14 for the district and 13 on St. Thomas, including one vehicular homicide.
Barnes remains jailed unable to post bail, which has been set at $10,000.
Detectives say the investigation into Peters' murder still is ongoing and anyone who has information can call detectives at 712-6037, 712-6077 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.