St. Thomas flagger charged with stabbing co-worker in head pleads not guilty
Published: September 6, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - The man accused of lodging a knife in his co-worker's head during an argument over a signal flag pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
Lasima M'Bilashaka, 34, was arraigned in V.I. Superior Court on Thursday after his Aug. 9 arrest in the stabbing of Tyrone Huggins.
Huggins was airlifted with the knife still in his head to Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital because the knife reached his brain, according to court documents, and no qualified neurologists were on staff at Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas.
Huggins is currently being treated at the Florida hospital's trauma center.
The incident occurred when the two Neon Construction employees were working together on a road crew near Crown Bay Marina on Aug. 9. They got into an argument about how to hold a signal flag, according to court documents, and then M'Bilashaka stabbed Huggins, court documents said.
The pair's boss, Keon Rawlins, took Huggins to Schneider Hospital, court documents said.
Under a Crown Bay mango tree, police asked M'Bilashaka if he had any weapons. M'Bilashaka responded that his only weapon was in Huggins's head, court documents said.
M'Bilashaka is being held by the V.I. Corrections Bureau on $75,000 bail, 10 percent of which must be paid in cash in order for M'Bilashaka to be released.
- Contact reporter Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@ dailynews.vi.