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UPDATE: Escaped prisoner Santo Yamarco Hernandez shot by police

- Hernandez recaptured in area of Butu Mountain, Tortola
Murder accused Santo Yamarco Hernandez (handcuffs) seen here being taken away from the Magistrate’s Court following his first appearance on April 4, 2017 was recaptured today, December 6, 2017 by ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: VINO/File
Mr Santo Yamarco Hernandez was one of three prisoners of Her Majesty's Prison in Balsum Ghut, Tortola, on the run since Hurricane Irma damaged the prison buildings on September 6, 2017. Photo: Youtube
Mr Santo Yamarco Hernandez was one of three prisoners of Her Majesty's Prison in Balsum Ghut, Tortola, on the run since Hurricane Irma damaged the prison buildings on September 6, 2017. Photo: Youtube
A man was taken to Peebles Hospital this morning December 6, 2017 following a shooting in the area of Butu Mountain, Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
A man was taken to Peebles Hospital this morning December 6, 2017 following a shooting in the area of Butu Mountain, Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
BUTU MOUNTAIN, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our newsroom from our senior sources in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is that the man shot this morning at Butu Mountain, Tortola, is escaped prisoner Santo Yamarco Hernandez.

Mr Hernandez was one of three prisoners of Her Majesty's Prison in Balsum Ghut, Tortola, on the run since Hurricane Irma damaged the prison buildings on September 6, 2017.

He was incarcerated for the alleged murder of Alston E. Penn, who was found in a pool of blood in the Windy Hill area just before dawn on March 10, 2017.

According to a senior police source today, December 6, 2017, police acting on intelligence visited a residence in Butu Mountain this morning and was "aggressively" engaged by Mr Hernandez, who was subsequently shot.

He remains a patient at Peebles Hospital in stable condition and under police watch, according to our sources.

Meanwhile, Jose Almestica and Kareem Hodge are the remaining two prisoners still at large.

See previous article published December 6, 2017

Man injured in early morning shooting in Butu Mountain

There has been another shooting in the [British] Virgin Islands.

Just around 6:20 A.M., outside of the curfew time today December 6, 2017, a male was reportedly shot in the area of Butu Mountain, on the main island of Tortola.

Details of what occurred remain sketchy, but the shooting victim is reported to be a patient at Peebles Hospital, which is currently on lockdown.

Virgin Islands News Online will bring more information as it becomes available.

It was only on November 22, 2017 that two persons, including a child, were killed and another person injured following a shooting in the area of West End, Tortola.

34 Responses to “UPDATE: Escaped prisoner Santo Yamarco Hernandez shot by police”

  • pat (06/12/2017, 09:29) Like (13) Dislike (24) Reply
    again the curfew is useless and everything happing after or before curfew, BVI gone wild
    • hey (06/12/2017, 11:13) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      it did say "outside of the curfew time today"
    • the real pat (06/12/2017, 11:18) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      I would have said thank you for catching the prisoner. The curfew is a helpful tool which always has exceptions
      to its effectiveness.
    • Kim (06/12/2017, 13:04) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      I fail to understand your point. The police followed up on a tip and executed their duties. It is probably because of the curfew the police were able to meet the person at the said location. While there may be a displeasure of the curfew, those law abidden citizens will continue to do the right thing.
  • innocent blood (06/12/2017, 09:34) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hope those responsible for Trinity's murder will be brought to justice. too much nonsense going on in the BVI
  • Zieux (06/12/2017, 09:36) Like (49) Dislike (0) Reply
    RVIPF you have your work cut out for you. I pray you are successful to getting a handle on things. We sincerely appreciate you and your efforts to keep us safe. Sometimes I think we take this foe granted. Get those criminals,get them!
  • Whats the Reward? (06/12/2017, 10:02) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Advice the reward for those Two murders. Make it attractive and u Will have Rats all over hinting for cheese.. Rite now money is in high demand.. Say the price you get your fish..
    • Hells gate (06/12/2017, 10:45) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
      So an innocent child lost her life and in order for people to give up the killers, you are asking for money? What really has become of the BVI??SMH
      • @hells gate (06/12/2017, 11:23) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
        why u acting like this the first you hear about such. It happen all over Money move people. Yes its sad but that's how it is
  • Toilet (06/12/2017, 10:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not big feeces againnnnnn
  • 1 (06/12/2017, 10:45) Like (9) Dislike (12) Reply
    police shooting while deman
  • one eye (06/12/2017, 11:09) Like (4) Dislike (18) Reply
    and he still alive these police weak man if he was in JAMdown or Santo he would have been dead dead
    • concern (06/12/2017, 11:18) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
      And if they had kill him, would have been another debate on her about police brutality.
    • Dr. McStuffins (06/12/2017, 16:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      A police last resort is to shoot, the first is using all other means to sudue the criminal. Also why would you want him dead, he is still a person of interest in a high profile murder and may also be a suspect in another. What I would like to know is, was he in that house/home alone or was someone protecting him.
  • Lee (06/12/2017, 11:19) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply

    @ one eye, yes we want him alive. I want to hear /know why he allegedly killed Alston Penn. Did he do it alone, was he paid and who he covering up for. I want to hear his story, and so does his family. Let’s get this trial going.

  • Krazy (06/12/2017, 11:51) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply

    I hope the police arrested and charge any accomplice(s) who have been harbouring him in their house at Butu Mountain these past three months.
  • Police Did it (06/12/2017, 11:51) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good Job.
  • wow (06/12/2017, 12:31) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good work to the officers one would think he gone long time.
  • Kim (06/12/2017, 13:11) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a victory for the RVIPF and for the community at large. Another criminal off the Streets. It may not be perfect, but when we have these small victories we should have some peace. Let us continue to make these Virgin Islands safe and vibrant once again.
  • Me Me (06/12/2017, 14:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great job Guys keep pushing you will get them soon
  • UKMARSHAL (06/12/2017, 15:59) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is wize up? How come he has not commented on the good job of the RVIPF and the good Citizens of this territory who worked with the Police to capture this killer? Lets move on the killers of Trinity and Franklyn and all the other families who are awaiting justice for the murders of their loved ones. By the way the curfew worked. Less Traffic flow on the streets allow the Police to target suspicious activities. If you are a lawful Citizen /resident in the territory you would not be out after during the prohibited hours.
    • right? (06/12/2017, 19:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly, where is Mr. Wise up. His lips are sealed on this one. Wise up where are youuu?
  • Normalcy (06/12/2017, 16:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great work Royal Virgin Islands Police, and whoever else may have snitched.
  • Pilot (06/12/2017, 17:04) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Waterboard his A#: until he talks.
    • @ pilot (06/12/2017, 19:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      what the hell you think here is America?
      • Pilot (06/12/2017, 20:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

        Big F#:;ING deal.America or not, he deserves to be waterboarded. Did he show any mercy for Penn when he allegedly beat him to death with a rock? You can go f!#* yourself.

  • Concerned Person (06/12/2017, 19:02) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great job officers and make sure you all lock up who was keeping him all this time if they are from here and if not deport them
  • look at that (06/12/2017, 19:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Someone was feeding and looking out for the creep. This time they got you creep. Hard for me to say but, I think he had something to do with both of the Penn's and the little girls murder. The police should have beat his A&& on the area where he was shot until he begged for mercy. I agree with another blogger who said they should Waterboard his A&&.
  • what if? (06/12/2017, 20:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Theory: there is a mega bulr in the BVI who doesn't want his cover blown. He is a gangsta bulr and if it were to be made public it would send shock waves through the BVI and he would lose his street creds. Alston knew the bulr,possibly may have had an encounter with him. Alston talked A LOT . Maybe his bro knew something through him and it cost him his life as well. Innocent lives got caught in the midst, an 11 yr old and her mom. Cold and heartless. This is bigger than we think. Santo was just the hit man a small fry. The real deal is almost untouchable...or so he thinks..
    • You Think? (06/12/2017, 23:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      He can have all the street cred he wants. But get this, his cover is already blown by the ...... From ..... You think he is big? Nawwww he think he is big. Wait until the big muscles step on this Island from ......that is when this Island is going to spin. Mr. Blur, the outside forces is watching your every move. Santo exposed you.


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