VIPD Officer Allegedly Assaults Ex-girlfriend, Companion

A V.I. Police Department officer allegedly broke into an Estate Grunwald home and assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her companion around 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 17.

The crime was reported to the police by the woman’s companion at 1:30 p.m. that day. He reported that a man entered his home and assaulted him in his bedroom.

The woman reported her ex-boyfriend struck her and her companion with an object, possibly a police radio or baton, resulting in bruising, according to published reports.

The officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the VIPD’s criminal and internal investigations, according to published reports.

The unnamed officer surrendered his gun and badge while the V.I. Department of Justice conducts its own investigation into the claims of domestic violence, the published report added.

The VIPD’s Leander Jurgen Command police blotter, an unofficial record of calls made to police, lists the incident as a first-degree burglary. VIPD spokesperson Shawna Richards did not return requests for information regarding the incident.