VIPD Arrest Two on St. John Over the Weekend

Devon David Crooke



V.I. Police Department officers arrested Melgin De la Cruz for assault and identity theft and Devon David Crooke for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute on St. John this past weekend. 

VIPD officers on St. John arrested 23-year-old Melgin De la Cruz also known as Daniel Rodriquez and charged him with Simple Assault and Battery and Identity Theft following an altercation in a St. John night club on Saturday night, June 6.

According to the initial report police responded to a fight at Cap’s Place in Cruz Bay at about 10:30 p.m. June 6. The 46-year-old victim said he told his girlfriend to stop dancing with Cruz and then Cruz struck him several times causing bleeding and injuries to his face.

Upon his arrest, Cruz gave his name as Daniel Rodriquez and produced a valid driver’s license issued in Puerto Rico. VIPD later contacted Cruz’s mother who confirmed that the suspects’ name is Melgin De la Cruz, a native of the Dominican Republic.
Cruz was placed into the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.

VIPD officers on St. John arrested 39-year-old Devon David Crooke and charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Crooke was arrested Sunday, June 7, at about 11:30 a.m. in the Pine Peace area of St. John. At the time of his arrest Crooke had in his possession 43 dime bags of marijuana and another larger zip lock bag full of marijuana. Crooke was also charged with Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault and Battery, Destruction of Property, Delaying and Obstructing a Police Officer and Disobeying a lawful order.

According to police, while on routine patrol in the area Crooke was observed acting in a suspicious manner and ran when approached by police officers. After a foot chase Crooke was apprehended, however, he continued to resist arrest by kicking and striking the officers.

While being transported to the command, Crooke damaged the patrol car by kicking it and continued to kick when he placed in a holding cell. Crooke also made threats on the lives of the police officers while in custody.

Crooke was held on $15,500 bail and was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.