May 6, 2009 — Police on St. Croix "will not rest" until they've captured the person responsible for the Wednesday morning murder of 45-year-old Alfred Hendricks, Police Chief Oakland Benta said Wednesday.
Hendricks's lifeless body was found lying on a dirt road in Estate Glynn around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Emergency medical technicians did not find any signs of life when they examined the body, which sustained at least one gunshot wound, according to a Police Department press release.
The homicide — the sixth for St. Croix this year — is being investigated by the department's Major Crimes and Criminal Investigation units.
In a statement Wednesday, Benta said 90 percent of local homicide victims are involved in criminal behavior.
"They chose to associate with people who are involved in guns and drugs and make no mistake about it, they were involved in them too," he said. "So parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents, if you know someone in your family who is associating themselves with drugs and guns, warn them before it is too late. Tell them to stop before they too end up lying on the side of the road dead from senseless violence."
A standing $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person who commits a homicide in the territory. So far this year, police have made arrests in four of the island's homicide cases, and will soon be adding to the list, Benta said.
Residents with any information on Wednesday's homicide can call the department's Investigation Bureau at 712-6075 or 712-6077, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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