V.I. Police officers are investigating a rape that was reported Wednesday morning in Frenchtown.
According to the VIPD, at 7 a.m. Wednesday police received a call from the Schneider Regional Medical Center that a rape victim was being treated.
The victim told police she’d been walking on the roadway behind a local bar and restaurant in Frenchtown at about 5:40 a.m., when she was approached by a black man with dreadlocks who asked to borrow a lighter. The victim complied, the suspect returned the lighter and then forcibly grabbed the victim in a chokehold, and dragged her into the nearby bushes and raped her.
The suspect then ran off in the direction of the Oceana Restaurant as the victim made her way towards the Frenchtown Fish Market in search of help, police were told.
Detectives with the Investigation Bureau continue to investigate the occurrence and urge anyone with information to call the 911 emergency dispatch center or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477. Information provided will be kept in the strictest confidence.