Two victims were assaulted and robbed by three suspects carrying knives and a machete who entered their apartment during an Estate Enighed early morning burglary Thursday, September 3.
The victims received lacerations from a knife or machete and bruises around the body, according to Melody Rames, V.I. Police Department’s Public Information Officer, who said the incident was reported at 2:15 a.m.
The 25-year-old victim told police he was in his apartment winding down after work with a male friend when they heard a noise and saw three suspects armed with knives and a machete enter the apartment, which was unlocked, according to Rames.
The suspects demanded money and a fight began between the victims and the suspects, who robbed the victims an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Rames. One victim received a laceration on his head and hand from the machete or knife and the other victim received bruises to his body.
Rames urged the community to be cautious.
“It is important for people to be practicing basic safety rules such as locking your doors,” she said.
St. John Deputy Chief Darren Foy cautioned residents not to challenge armed suspects in a VIPD press release.
“This situation could have ended very badly,” Foy stated in the release. “The money is not worth risking your life.”
Officers from Leander Jurgen Command, Investigation Bureau and Forensic detectives responded to the scene to collect evidence and speak to witnesses.
Rames said the case is still being investigated by the Investigation Bureau.
Anyone having information on this crime is urged to call Foy at 693-8880 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS.