St. Thomas patrol cop accused of dragging woman by her hair, tearing off her clothes during argument
Published: October 11, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - The police officer arrested Wednesday on charges of domestic violence is accused of dragging a woman by her hair and tearing her clothes off before trying to have sex with her.
Derrick Callwood, a 34-year-old patrol officer who has been with the V.I. Police Department since 2002, was arrested about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at his Hidden Valley home.
Callwood is charged with assault and battery and destruction of property as charges of domestic violence, along with a charge of disturbance of the peace.
After being arrested, Callwood admitted that he "pulled and pushed" the woman, tore her clothes off and tried to have sex with her until she told him that she did not want to, according to a probable cause fact sheet prepared by V.I. Police Sgt. Celeste Potter.
The woman told police that she and Callwood, who she said she has known about two-and-a-half years, had been arguing throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening.
She said that Callwood tried calling her about 4 p.m. Tuesday, but she refused to speak with him over the phone, which he had purchased for her.
When Callwood came home about two hours later, he came at her and ripped her clothes off in an attempt to hold her back, the woman told police.
As she tried to get away, she fell and Callwood grabbed her by her feet and dragged her, then stopped and grabbed her by her hair, according to Potter's affidavit.
Callwood then helped the woman to her feet before pushing her out of the home, at which point she fell back and struck her head, according to Potter.
Callwood went inside, locked the door, and then opened it so that he could throw several bags of her own belongings out the door, she said.
When the woman tried to retrieve one of the bags that he had thrown into his neighbor's yard, she again stumbled, and he again went after her and grabbed her hair and dragged her, according to the affidavit.
The two of them then got into Callwood's car, where he placed some of her other bags, according to Potter.
The woman told police that they began driving when Callwood pulled over to vomit outside the car, and Callwood then turned the car around to return to his home.
When she and Callwood returned to the home, Callwood sent the woman's son, a child, to go get the bag that she had tried to get earlier from the neighbor's yard, according to the affidavit.
In the meantime, the woman went inside to collect some of her other belongings and used her son's cell phone to call 911, according to the affidavit. She stated her location just before Callwood caught her calling 911, grabbed her phone, and broke it, Potter said.
Callwood then threw the woman's arms around his shoulders, and then he began to undress himself, according to the affidavit. He then "began to rip her clothes off" and then tried to have sex with her, the affidavit states.
The woman told Callwood "no" three or four times before he stopped, after which point he left the home, and then she called 911 on her phone, according to Potter's report.
He was arrested shortly thereafter and did not resist arrest, nor did police suspect him to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.
Callwood was arrested once before in the territory in October 1997 in relation to a third-degree assault charge, though the charge was dismissed.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Wednesday that Callwood's pay would be suspended pending the outcome of his case in V.I. Superior Court.
"The police department has consistently, at every police graduation, at every opportunity, continued to stress that domestic violence could mean the end of your career," Rames said.
Callwood was released on a $1,000 cash bond following his advice-of-rights hearing Wednesday, and his arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 24.
- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.