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Armed Men Rob Home Depot, Exchange Gunfire with Police

A group of armed suspects robbed Home Depot Saturday evening and exchanged gunfire with police as they made their escape, the V.I. Police Department reported.

According to police, just after 7 p.m. Saturday an unknown number of suspects entered the Hone Depot in Market Square East and held the store employees at gunpoint while seizing on unspecified amount of cash.

As they exited the store the suspects were confronted by a patrol officer and there was “an apparent exchange of gun fire,” the police report said.

The suspects fled in the area of the former Donoe housing community in a silver-colored sedan.

The investigation is ongoing, The Major Crime Unit is asking the community for assistance in this incident. Police urged anyone with information to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, the 911 call center, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

Editor’s note: The story has been updated to correct an error. The Source regrets the error.

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  1. From 2010, the crime rate in the territory has been high. The government and VIPD including the residents of this community need to enforce some strictly laws to our islands safe. In 2016, the FBI said that the Virgin Islands has the highest murder rate in the country. We have to do something to end this because maybe that’s one of the reasons why some mainland Americans forget us after the hurricanes and the territory population is mostly black.

  2. Six reasons why the U.S. Virgin Islands is struggling with high crime.

    1. Arabians owning shops here and selling guns.
    2. The kind of soca music playing these days from Trinidad and have people going crazy.
    3. The people mentality.
    4. Caribbean migration and people who are criminals is coming into the territory.
    5. Columbus named the islands after Saint Ursula and her 11,000 virgins who was killed.

  3. 6. Police officers in the territory don’t patrol our communities everyday.

    When President Trump took office, he put a travel ban on several foreign countries in the Eastern world. It was passed to block immigrants and terrorist from coming into America. We need to protect and keep our islands safe from criminals.

  4. Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis but the Virgin Islands has a worse crisis that need to end. After Irma and Maria passed through the territory as category 5 hurricanes and caused catastrophic damage on our islands. Some people hasn’t change. God help the VI.

  5. Find/read the book, “Rape of the Virgins”…it covers the transfer of government from the Department of Defense to popular, citizen vote…and a unicameral legislature…The Senators…today, this is the government and police department that was chosen by the VI people…one mile of water away, the BVI does not have the same issues…why?