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Mentally ill man damages 30 vehicles in St John

A mentally ill man on Wednesday June 12, 2019 took a metal object and damaged 30 vehicles in the St John Marketplace parking lot, US Virgin Islands (USVI). Photo: VIC

VALLEY ROAD, St John, USVI— The [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said Thursday June 13, 2019 that a mentally ill man on Wednesday took a metal object and damaged 30 vehicles in the St John Marketplace parking lot, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

According to VIPD Public Information Officer Glen Dratte, the 911 emergency call centre received notification of a disturbance in the shopping and professional centre’s parking lot Wednesday June 12, 2019 and immediately dispatched officers to the scene.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a male individual, identified as 23-year-old Jahkoy Bolques, who police confirmed to be a local mentally ill patient. Mr Bolques had an episode of decompensation in the vicinity of the super market and proceeded to damage approximately 30 vehicles with a metal object.

The officers arrested Mr Bolques without incident and charged him with multiple counts of damage to vehicle, delaying and obstructing, and disturbance of the peace. He was transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment, Mr Dratte said.

A VIPD preliminary investigation revealed that Mr Bolques was an employee of Starfish Market, a supermarket in the shopping center. He reported to work an hour early and started to act irrationally.

See link below to video of vehicles damaged by mentally unstable man on St John, US Virgin Islands:

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