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Bartender shot to death in USVI bar

January 19th, 2019 | Tags: crime shooting USVI Juana M. Perez homicide
The bartender, a Hispanic female, was identified by next of kin as 44-year-old Juana Mateo Perez. The homicide death of Ms Perez brings St. Croix’s total for January to 5. Photo: VI Consortium
VI CONSORTIUM

CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix, USVI - A female bartender was shot to death in a downtown Christiansted, USVI bar on the night of Thursday, January 17, 2019, USVIPD Public Information Officer, Glen Dratte confirmed.

According to Mr Dratte, at about 8:48 p.m on the evening, a male individual entered the ‘Peace and Love Bar’ in downtown Christiansted and opened fire on a female bartender before running out of the establishment.

Shot Multiple times

The bartender—according to police—was struck multiple times and died on the scene and there were patrons at the bar when the incident occurred, Mr Dratte said.

The bartender, a Hispanic female, was identified by next of kin as 44-year-old Juana Mateo Perez. The homicide death of Ms Perez brings St. Croix’s total for January to 5.

In a recent release, Governor Albert Bryan said the community should take a more active role in combating criminal activity. “I want to also underscore the important need for us all, to take greater steps to take back our community.

It will take courage and painstaking measures to make the changes we need to address the problems of lawlessness in our neighbourhoods, but we can and will if we all step up and do our part,” Mr Bryan said.

Surging Homicide Situation

Mr Bryan has yet to name a USVIPD commissioner-nominee, and gave no indication—aside from stating he would name his entire cabinet in 90 days—as to when the police commissioner would be announced.

Mr Bryan also indicated that the police department has launched investigations into the surging homicide situation, all of which have occurred on St. Croix in the first three weeks of 2019. 

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