Two Crucians Arrested in December Marley Homes Shooting

Two men suspected in a Dec. 22, 2020, shooting incident at Marley Homes in downtown Frederiksted were arrested Friday and charged with first-degree attempted murder.

At about 12:56 p.m., June 25, officers of the VIPD Criminal Investigation and Special Operations Bureau arrested 26-year-old Charles Frazer Jr. of Campo Rico, and at approximately 4:51 p.m., arrested Ian Benjamin Jr., age 19 of Queen Street, Frederiksted, on warrants issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Bail for Frazer and Benjamin was set at $100,000 each. Unable to post bail, both men were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending their advice of rights hearings.

St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe commended the work of detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, led by Commander Lt. Naomi Joseph and Assistant Commander Lt. Marisol Colon, for the tenacity in investigating this incident.

“The detectives’ continued hard work led to these arrests,” Elskoe said.

Police urged anyone with information about this incident to call 911, the Crime TipLine at 340-778-4950, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS). Reports to Crime Stoppers that help resolve a crime can earn the caller an anonymous cash reward.