A man who offered a man a ride was stabbed in the chest Saturday morning, and treated at the Schneider Regional Medical Center.
According to the V.I. Police Department, officers were dispatched to the hospital at 7:22 a.m. in response to a report of a man being treated for injuries sustained during an assault that occurred in the area of Fort Myliner.
The victim, whose name was not released by police, told officers he was driving at about 6 a.m. when, in the vicinity of Fort Myliner, he saw an unknown black man standing on the corner of Banco Popular and stopped to offer him a ride towards downtown. The victim told the man he is a taxi driver and was only offering his assistance.
An altercation escalated when the unknown man threw a glass bottle at him. The victim then got out of the car to ask him what the problem was, and the assailant lunged at the driver with a knife, stabbing him in the chest area.
The unknown assailant and the victim fought until the victim was able to push his assailant away from him, and the unknown man ran away from the scene with the victim chasing after him.
The report said the victim drove himself to the hospital for treatment.
Police asked anyone with information about the incident to notify the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807 ext. 5556, or the Chief’s Office at 340-774-2211.