Crime of the Week: Crime Stoppers Offers Rewards for Solving Homicide, Kidnapping

The anonymous tip service Crime Stoppers USVI is offering a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest of the suspects responsible for the Crimes of the Week.

ST. JOHN – 11:42 p.m., Jan. 1, the 911 emergency call center received a call of shots fired in Cruz Bay, in the vicinity of Pine Peace. Officers traveled to the location and found an unresponsive Black male who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency medical technicians on the scene concluded that the victim had no vital signs.

The victim was identified by family members as 28-year-old Lessroy Gumbs.

ST. CROIX – On Friday, Sept. 18, a masked gunman wearing coveralls and gloves abducted an officer of the Oriental Bank from the victim’s private home and transported her to the bank where she worked in an attempt to rob it. Inside the bank, the gunman directed the employee to give him money from the bank vault, but he was unsuccessful.

Another bank employee arrived around 7 a.m., became concerned and called the police. While VIPD officers were in the area of the bank, the kidnapped employee emerged from the bank and notified officers of the situation. Subsequently, it was learned that the suspect fled the area in the bank employee’s vehicle.

VIPD officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit, but the suspect evaded police capture in the Annaly Bay area and is still at large.

Anyone with information on either Crime of the Week case or any other crime can call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS) or submit a tip online at or Callers will be issued a confidential PIN and are encouraged to check back frequently for reward eligibility. Information that leads to the resolution of a crime can qualify the caller for an anonymous cash reward.