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UPDATE: Armed female hitchhiker strikes in East End

- female motorist robbed after offering female hitchhiker a ride
According to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), a female motorist was robbed at gunpoint by a female hitchhiker near Hodge’s Creek, on the eastern end of Tortola, today, August 30, 2019. Photo: Internet Source/File
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews told Virgin Islands News Online on August 29, 2019 that, although reports have been rife on social media about a young female hitchhiker allegedly robbing persons who offer her a ride on Tortola, no such reports were made to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews told Virgin Islands News Online on August 29, 2019 that, although reports have been rife on social media about a young female hitchhiker allegedly robbing persons who offer her a ride on Tortola, no such reports were made to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: VINO/File
According to the message on social media warning persons, the female allegedly pretends to be injured and when persons get out to assist they are held at gunpoint. Photo: Pinterest
According to the message on social media warning persons, the female allegedly pretends to be injured and when persons get out to assist they are held at gunpoint. Photo: Pinterest
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Just minutes before Virgin Islands News Online published a story that there were reports on social media of an armed female hitchhiker, along with a male biker, robbing motorists, the suspected duo had struck on the Eastern End of Tortola today, August 30, 2019.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), through Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews had said at the time that the RVIPF had received no such reports of a female hitchhiker robbering motorists, despite widespread reports on social media.

Woman robbed near Hodge’s Creek

But in a press release this evening, the RVIPF acknowledged receipt of a report of a robbery of a motorist which occurred at around 11:20 am, on the eastern end of the island.

“It was reported that a female motorist stopped her vehicle and offered a lift to a female pedestrian who was hitchhiking in the area of Hodge’s Creek. Shortly after entering the vehicle the passenger asked the driver to stop to let her out. As the vehicle came to a stop, the passenger then held an object to the back of the driver and robbed her of her belongings. The passenger exited the vehicle and escaped on a motor scooter which was travelling behind,” the RVIPF said.

‘Potentially dangerous individuals’

The Commissioner of Police stated that “the force was made aware yesterday of information circulating on social media indicating that these offenders were operating in the territory but no crimes had been reported at that time and it was not possible to verify the information.

“These are potentially dangerous individuals who need to be stopped”.

The RVIPF is appealing to those who may have originally circulated the information about the robberies and may know more about this to come forward.

“We also want to hear from anybody who may have been a victim already and not reported the matter to the force up until now.”

The RVIPF is also urging the community to be vigilant and to help to police to get the perpetrators off the streets. Persons with information are asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Department through the access number 311. Persons can also call the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339. All information will be held in the strictest confidence.

See previous article published August 30, 2019

Reports circulating on social media of armed female robber

- but RVIPF says it has received no such reports

Reports have been rife on social media about a young female hitchhiker allegedly robbing persons who offer her a ride on Tortola.

According to reports, which have also reached our news desk, the young lady is allegedly in collusion with a male biker.

According to the message on social media warning persons, the female allegedly pretends to be injured and when persons get out to assist they are held at gunpoint. “Be careful out there folks,” the message warns.

Other persons on social media have claimed the reports are true and that the police have discouraged victims from pursuing the matter because the persons involved are “well connected.”

‘No such reports received’ by RVIPF- CoP

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF); however, has said no such reports were made to police.

“No such reports [were] received,” Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews told Virgin Islands News Online on August 29, 2019.

But, according to the Commissioner, the RVIPF has seen the reports circulating on social media.

“There is no current evidence to verify this story whatsoever and no such robberies reported,” Commissioner Matthews stated.

17 Responses to “UPDATE: Armed female hitchhiker strikes in East End”

  • real ting (30/08/2019, 11:59) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    heard bout this too. not first time popo want duck tings. keep digging commissioner
  • pat (30/08/2019, 12:20) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    VINO is always the only media house to clear up FAKE NEWS long live VINO
  • sorry (30/08/2019, 13:13) Like (11) Dislike (15) Reply
    The thing start I’ve been talking about things coming because if the flood gate open for everyone things going to happen. Come one come all . No police out at night and all sort of people flooding the place . We are not even sure if the amount of criminals coming in.
    • Common Sense (31/08/2019, 07:57) Like (20) Dislike (9) Reply
      The hitchhiker fled on a scooter after, sounds like locals doing this. So stop your nonsense about floodgates, always want to blame outsiders. Some little wanna be thugs playing gangsters.
      Very armature move, hope the police is smart enough to catch the villian or when they learn they're from here politricks takes over and it remains unsolved.
      • SMH (31/08/2019, 10:39) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        Yup locals
      • LONG LOOK WE COME FROM (03/09/2019, 08:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        The word is.... AMATURE!!! (armature) a lot of people need to stop blogging.. Their spelling is atrocious!! come one man.. How many dudes on scooters that are not locals??? … Keep your mouth shut and your ears open more … SAY NO MORE
  • VI nice or Nah (30/08/2019, 14:00) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    The BVI don’t report stuff to the police! Instead they share who’s doing what etc via whatapp. It’s crazy how we do love the VI but it’s not nice.
  • wize up (30/08/2019, 14:01) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    progress is inevitable but what we have in the British Virgin Islands is a matter of unregulated progress: The “nature’s little Secret“ back in the 50s & 60s is now branded as “One BVI” in 2019: departments such as immigration; labour and police have their hands full while attempting to enforce the laws of the territory...the system got more disrupted following the passage of the hurricanes!!!!’
  • Outspoken (30/08/2019, 15:42) Like (3) Dislike (38) Reply
    I was made to understand that this is something that is happening in Barbados and not the Virgin Islands.
    • @outspoken (31/08/2019, 06:28) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      Barbados have a Hodges Creek????
      Take your head out the sand..... this can be happening anywhere else in the world, but we’re a lot more concerned about the Virgin Islands right now.... this is reality!! Yes it’s happenng!!
      • Outspoken (31/08/2019, 08:50) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        @@ outspoken, if you are so smart you would have seen that my post was on 30/08/19 at 15:42 under the first story that had not mention any named place. Open your eyes and stop trying to be relevant.
  • Wait (30/08/2019, 23:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now you know
  • SMH (31/08/2019, 05:08) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Bet it’s the same corrupt police on here saying it’s fake news!
  • Hmm (31/08/2019, 06:05) Like (2) Dislike (15) Reply
    Sick. is this a game to them, robbing people at random? how much money do they expect to make!?

    I would be very surprised if she is from here with these bold actions.
    • Lb (31/08/2019, 07:37) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      Perhaps a close relative of a well known Police and they already know who she is but trying to keep it hush hush and did a way to keep her out of trouble.
  • Life is so unfair!!! (31/08/2019, 11:04) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine.....I worked all month. Withdraw my money for rent "that is SKY HIGH" and you want to take it from me...Like realllyyyy????. I'm in a vehicle and you on a scooter? What you presume I will do, and I'm not in panic mode? Not like I want to take action in my own hand, but i'll explain my self in the courthouse.
  • SB (02/09/2019, 15:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    HA! Only if she was hot looking chic I may have been caught. Then again if I see you catching ride and you look hot like fire I must ask myself then why are you catching rides? Pums trash that's why so wait for the next sucker I mean motorist.


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