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Oct. 25, 2007 — After a 10-day struggle for his life, Carlos Aguilar, 52, died Thursday afternoon from gunshot wounds sustained after he followed a car he suspected contained items stolen from his East End home.
Aguilar, an architect and resident of the East End, got a call at work Oct. 16 from his home security company saying his alarm had gone off. He went home to find the house had been burglarized. While his wife spoke to the police, Aguilar saw an unfamiliar car leaving his neighborhood and followed it.
Minutes later, the suspicious car was involved in an accident near Sapphire Beach on Route 38, Smith Bay Road, going east into Red Hook.
It is believed Aguilar got out of his car and approached the disabled vehicle when a young man jumped out of the vehicle with a gun. Aguilar was shot two times in the back as he apparently attempted to get away from the gunman.
He died at Schneider Regional Medical Center.
Akil Codrington, 18, was arrested and charged with burglary in connection with the incident. He remains in custody.
"The entire Virgin Islands community is once again saddened and outraged by this senseless attack by our youth," Police Commissioner James McCall said Thursday night. "The Virgin Islands Police Department and the AG's office are using all the resources at our disposal to bring the perpetrators to justice."
McCall said police have received significant information from the community.
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Oct. 25, 2007 -- After a 10-day struggle for his life, Carlos Aguilar, 52, died Thursday afternoon from gunshot wounds sustained after he followed a car he suspected contained items stolen from his East End home.
Aguilar, an architect and resident of the East End, got a call at work Oct. 16 from his home security company saying his alarm had gone off. He went home to find the house had been burglarized. While his wife spoke to the police, Aguilar saw an unfamiliar car leaving his neighborhood and followed it.
Minutes later, the suspicious car was involved in an accident near Sapphire Beach on Route 38, Smith Bay Road, going east into Red Hook.
It is believed Aguilar got out of his car and approached the disabled vehicle when a young man jumped out of the vehicle with a gun. Aguilar was shot two times in the back as he apparently attempted to get away from the gunman.
He died at Schneider Regional Medical Center.
Akil Codrington, 18, was arrested and charged with burglary in connection with the incident. He remains in custody.
"The entire Virgin Islands community is once again saddened and outraged by this senseless attack by our youth," Police Commissioner James McCall said Thursday night. "The Virgin Islands Police Department and the AG's office are using all the resources at our disposal to bring the perpetrators to justice."
McCall said police have received significant information from the community.
Back Talk Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.