Suspect in St. Croix crime spree stabbed to death in Massachusetts


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ST. CROIX - A William's Delight man with multiple arrests on local and federal charges and who was the subject of a current investigation by the V.I. Police Department was killed in Massachusetts during the weekend.

Massachusetts State Police are being tight-lipped about details, but police there confirmed Tuesday that Misael Lima, 24, was fatally stabbed on Grove Street in Haverhill, Mass., early Sunday morning.

Carrie Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, said Tuesday that Lima had been found about 1:25 a.m. Sunday suffering from multiple stab wounds and was taken by a private vehicle to Merrimack Valley Hospital in Boston, where he died shortly after his arrival. Monohan said a second man, who has not yet been identified, also was stabbed during the incident that led to Lima's death. The second victim also was taken by private vehicle to Merrimack Valley Hospital for preliminary medical attention and later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His wounds are not believed to be life-threatening injuries, according to Monahan.

Lima's death was the fifth violent death in Haverhill this year. The city of just about 40,000 people has had a domestic violence murder-suicide and a home invasion that left two dead as the other two contributing incidents.

Monahan said police are not releasing any additional information about the circumstances surrounding Lima's death, and state police officers assigned to her office are investigating the case. She said that as of Tuesday evening no information about a motive for the murder had been released, and no arrest had been made. She would not say whether police believe that Lima's death was linked to any crime in the Virgin Islands.

Lima has an extensive criminal history in the local and federal courts in the Virgin Islands, and he recently was named in a police affidavit in support of several arrests as a suspect in a V.I. Police investigation into a wave of violent crimes on St. Croix.

According to the document police swore to in V.I. Superior Court, Lima was one of a group of men they believed were responsible for a series of burglaries, robberies, assaults and theft in the last few weeks. However, an arrest warrant had not been secured or executed when Lima left the territory some time within the last few weeks.

In October, Lima was acquitted by a federal jury on St. Croix of unlawful possession of a firearm or being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lima was arrested Jan. 21, 2011, after police said they saw him throw a firearm over a fence during a foot chase with police officers in the housing community where he lived. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and went to trial. Following the acquittal, District Judge Wilma Lewis vacated all conditions of restraint against Lima, who had been released on bail.

Since 2007, when he was 18 years old, Lima has been in Superior Court on charges of burglary, assault, possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle in connection with a 2007 incident in Estate Smithfield and in May 2008 in connection with a robbery, assault and gun possession incident in William's Delight.

He was charged in District Court in 2009, 2011 and 2012 with being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful transport of a firearm, and he served a prison sentence of just more than 18 months before he was placed on three years probation that would have expired in September of 2014.

Anyone on St. Croix who may have information about Lima's death can call Massachusetts Police at 978-745-8908 or call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477.

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

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