St. Thomas gypsy cab drivers rob tourists in two separate incidents
Published: March 25, 2014
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ST. THOMAS - Police on St. Thomas are investigating two separate cases of armed robbery they said were committed by gypsy cab drivers who robbed visitors to the island.
Police located one suspect and are searching for another.
Police arrested Durray Primus, 40, just before 4 p.m. Saturday and charged him with armed robbery and possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $10,000 and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advice-of-rights hearing.
Police said a husband and wife visiting from Manchester, England, called them about 11:38 a.m. Saturday and said they were robbed after catching a taxi at Emancipation Gardens.
The victims told police that instead of taking them to their destination, the driver took them to an unknown road and pointed a gun at them and taking the woman's handbag before ordering them out of the cab.
Officers located a vehicle fitting the description of the gypsy cab in the upper Frydenhoj area, and when they spoke to the driver they noticed a lady's handbag on the floor of the vehicle, halfway under the seat, which fit the description given by the female victim, police said.
The bag contained passports, credit cards, cell phones and other items which the victims identified as belonging to them, according to police.
A similar robbery occurred on Friday, and police were notified about 1:45 p.m. that a husband and wife who were visiting from California were robbed of $100.
The victims told police they were on Veterans Drive near Vendors Plaza when they were approached by a man who asked them if they needed a taxi back to the cruise ship dock.
Once the victims were in the vehicle, the driver told them he needed to go another way because of the traffic and drove them to a dead-end road behind Schneider Hospital, police said.
The driver then displayed a black handgun and demanded money, which the couple gave him and he ordered them to get out of the cab, police said.
The driver is described as a slim black male in his late 30s or 40s. He is about 5 feet, 3 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches and has a beard, police said.
Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives are following up on the case. Anyone with information can contact detectives at 712-6077, 712-6037 or 911 or call Crimes Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477. Anyone with information also can text "USVI" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).