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RVIPF pleads with public to help solve October 2018 murders

- Local police no closer to solving murders of Kareem Ettienne & Tyrone Thomas
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is pledging confidentiality as it solicits the assistance from members of the public with information that would lead them to apprehend the killers of Kareem Ettienne, left, and Tyrone Thomas, right, in October 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
The vehicle Tyrone Thomas was allegedly driving when he came under gunfire on October 22, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The vehicle Tyrone Thomas was allegedly driving when he came under gunfire on October 22, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is pledging confidentiality as it solicits the assistance from members of the public with information that would lead them to apprehend the killers in two unsolved murders and an attempted murder which occurred in October 2018.

“All information will be treated with discretion and confidentiality will be assured,” a press release from the RVIPF on October 31, 2019 noted.

The RVIPF said they are at the moment interested in the murder cases of Kareem Ettienne and Tyrone Thomas as well as the attempted murder of Idrecia Richards.

The first murder was that of Thomas who was heading home with Richards when they came under gun-fire in Brady Ghut.

Thomas succumbed to his gunshot injuries while Richards sustained ‘serious life-changing injuries’.

Following the incident, at about 9.30 pm on the same day, Ettienne was shot and killed at his Fahie Hill’s residence in the presence of family members and children.

Dee Dijion Hodge, Thomas’s business partner, was the only one named as a murder suspect in the matter, but no formal charges were laid against him for murder.

When he appeared before the court last year, the RVIPF indicated that cocaine with a street value of $2 million was found near his home, along with a pistol and ammunition.

He was then charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another, unlawful possession of explosives, and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

We need your help

12 months later, the RVIPF admitted they are no closer to solving the cases.

“Just over a year later, the Senior Investigating Officer of the Major Crime Investigations Team, Detective Inspector Vernon Larocque is still hopeful that a member of the public can help the police identify those responsible for these two callous shootings and commence the closure process for the grieving families.”

The release said other detectives from the Major Crime Investigations Team have also been working ‘tirelessly’ to solve the crimes.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Inspector Larocque directly on 368-9809 or via the Major Crime Investigation Team on 368-5682.

11 Responses to “RVIPF pleads with public to help solve October 2018 murders”

  • Tecra de (01/11/2019, 07:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good luck men.
  • Keep away (01/11/2019, 08:34) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Children forget being LIT and get an education. Used the education to better yourselves.
  • DA (01/11/2019, 08:38) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the one Huntums Ghut on the basketball court.....no closure for the families
  • Steve (01/11/2019, 09:12) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's not that the witnesses don't want to come forward, they know they will be killed next. This little island has really become a drug zone among certain small groups of people. Is it worth your life testifying? People are scared and the police cannot protect them, period.
    • Legalize firearms (01/11/2019, 11:28) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
      If they legalize firearms so we can protect our selfs then Mayans we won’t be so fearful for our lives
    • That is the word (01/11/2019, 21:10) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Should not be this way but if the witness speak they are going to be next. You can't hide in Tortola and the killer knows that. The only way is to relocate the witness somewhere in the United States.
  • Justice will come (01/11/2019, 14:59) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is so sad that for a small island, we have SO MANY unsolved murders. The most touching one was the one of Mr.Penn and Trinity at West End. I always ask myself how can someone gun down A CHILD in such a heartless manner and still go on living their lives. How do they sleep at night knowing the ended the life of someone and that of a child who just made 11 and was about to graduate Primary school...evil may think they have won, but good will triumph IN THE END. To ALL the families of every victim, keep the faith and please know, we keep you in our prayers.
    • justice (01/11/2019, 19:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      The question is: how can the wicked truly sleep.

      Not just murderers whose victims end up dead; but also MURDERERS whose victims still live. Yes, those who do non-stop wickedness to others day in day out on a daily basis. How can these wicked ones truly sleep?
  • how long (01/11/2019, 15:28) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is so sad the RVIPF can't solve murders that happen way back in 2005 and their not going to solve these in this decade as we only have 61 days left in the centre as a new one begins 2020. start over change the police system then murders will be solved.
  • .... (01/11/2019, 21:43) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The police are too tight lipped. Be transparent and it may allow the public to connect the dots.

    How many intruders were involved in the incident with Mr. Ettienne?

    I dont know it was never made public.

    How many intruders could any one of us expect in an unfortunate event?

    As citizens we can only be made safer by informing us of the dangers at hand.
  • ALL A WE (02/11/2019, 21:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    sorry for them ,but if you lye dung with dogs youll catch fleese,if live doing wrong things youll die wrong ,its just something when innocent people get caught in the fire ,but people mix up in all kind of thing and people scared to talk,and when they give info on what they know they get ratted out by curruption


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