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VIPD Patrol Officers Make Arrest in Extortion Case on St. Thomas

August 29, 2019

ST. THOMAS – On Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at approximately 4:50 p.m., Virgin Islands Police Department patrol officers arrested Hubert Mervin Daniel, 39, of Pile Strade on St. Thomas and charged him with Extortion & Threat of Domestic Violence.

Suspect
Hubert Mervin Daniel

VIPD officers were dispatched to the Family Resource Center on Commandant Gade on St. Thomas on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at approximately 1:51 p.m. in reference to an abduction. Upon arrival, contact was made with the victim, accompanied by Family Resource Center personnel. The victim told officers that Daniel was the father of her three-year-old minor child. Daniel told the victim that the child needed to go on a vacation for three weeks, prior to the start of school. He also insisted that the minor child travel with the victim’s neighbor to North Carolina.

According to the victim, the minor child and the neighbor traveled to North Carolina on July 23, 2019. Subsequently, the victim informed officers that on August 11, 2019 the neighbor returned to St. Thomas without the minor child. Further investigation revealed that when the victim contacted Daniel via cell phone, he threatened to report her to the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency if she reported the minor child missing. Daniel contacted the victim via cell phone to obtain the child’s Immunization and Social Security Cards. The victim refused to release the documents.

With more questioning, officers discovered that the victim had no knowledge of the minor child whereabouts. The victim concluded that she received an anonymous call from a female stating that she did not ask for the child to be here and as a result of contacting the police, she will turn over the minor child to Child Protection Services agency in North Carolina.

Daniel was transported to the Criminal Investigation Bureau where he confessed that he threatened to report the female victim to ICE, as she reported. He was turned over to the Bureau of Correction pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

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.

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