The V.I. Police Department on Friday announced the arrest of three women in unrelated cases on St. Thomas. The police reports did not provide details about the incidents.
According to police, Xiomara Batista seen on video holding a male victim against his will with a firearm on the porch of her residence. Police did not say where the resident was, or what the circumstances of the incident were.
At 5:48 p.m. Thursday, the 40-year-old Batista was arrested and charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping for ransom, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm openly or concealed, evidence or intent to commit a crime of violence.
Bail was set at $140,000. Unable to post bail she was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending her advice of rights hearing.
Intent to Distribute
The VIPD arrested a visiting New Yorker Wednesday afternoon and charged her with possession with intent to distribute.
According to the report, Violet Yvonne Babrow, a 56-year-old from the Bronx, New York, was arrested at 3 p.m. Wednesday when she was found with what police called “an unusual amount of marijuana on her person.”
Officers made contact with Babrow while they were serving a search warrant at her family’s residence in the Hospital Ground area.
She was taken into custody at about 6 p.m., placed under arrest and charged with possession with intent to distribute. She was booked, processed and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending her advice of rights hearing.
Bail was set at $10,000 by the Magistrate Court of the Virgin Islands.
Two women reported to the Criminal Investigation Bureau that a third woman, Tara Babrow, had struck one of them in the face.
The victim told police that she and her sister had traveled back to Babrow’s residence when Babrow fired shots after them.
Police contacted the 39-year-old Babrow and placed her under arrest, charging her with reckless endangerment, unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of ammunition, third-degree assault, discharging or aiming a firearm, failing to report a firearm, simple assault, and disturbance of the peace.
Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending her advice of rights hearing.