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VIPD Officers Respond To Armed Robbery Of Smith Bay Sports Bar

August 14, 2019

ST. THOMAS – On Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at approximately 11:39 p.m., Virgin Islands Police Department patrol officers, the Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives, and Crime Scene technicians responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the Galaxy Sports Bar in Smith Bay on St. Thomas.

Upon arrival on the scene, VIPD Detectives’ preliminary investigation revealed that multiple victims told officers that five masked and armed individuals entered the bar and ordered everyone to get down on the floor. The suspects began to take cash from the occupant’s person and then proceeded to empty the bar’s cash register of its contents.

Witnesses observed that one victim refused to obey the robbers demand and was assaulted with a weapon by striking the victim several times that resulted in a laceration to the head area. The robbers then made an exit from the premises with an undisclosed amount of cash from the victims and the business. The assaulted victim was attended to by emergency personnel on site and no transport to a medical facility occurred.

This case is classified as a Robbery in the 1st Degree. This case is presently under the investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone having any information about this or any other crime please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340)774-2211 ext. 5617, Major Crime Unit at (340)714-9830 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau (340)714-9807. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or 911. We need your help and the entire community’s involvement.

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