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UPDATE: 'Gasoline thrower' arrested

- no charges laid
October 27th, 2017 | Tags: BVI Communications gasoline RVIPF irate customer
The man who allegedly threw gasoline at staff of BVI Communications in Purcell Estate on October 23, 2017 was arrested but it is unclear if he has since been charged. Photo: Team of Reporters
The owner of BVI Communications in Purcell Estate reportedly had gasoline poured all over him by an irate customer today, October 23, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The owner of BVI Communications in Purcell Estate reportedly had gasoline poured all over him by an irate customer today, October 23, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Persons trying to restrain the irate man outside BVI Communications. Photo: Team of Reporters
Persons trying to restrain the irate man outside BVI Communications. Photo: Team of Reporters
The irate customer (right) is held from behind by the manager of BVI Communications even as he appears (customer) to be holding a knife in is right hand. Photo: Team of Reporters
The irate customer (right) is held from behind by the manager of BVI Communications even as he appears (customer) to be holding a knife in is right hand. Photo: Team of Reporters
PURCELL ESTATE, Tortola, VI - The man who allegedly threw what was suspected to be gasoline at staff of BVI Communications and attempted to pour substance on the building at Purcell Estate, Tortola on October 23, 2017 was arrested by police.

Virgin Islands News Online has since been in receipt of several videos of portions of the incident.

In one of the videos, the man who was being held in a 'choke lock' by the Manager of BVI Communications, was asking to be let go, saying that he was being made a public spectacle.

The man subduing the alleged gasoline thrower was instructing persons to call the police.

There was also one individual who seemed agitated and wanted the perpetrator to be freed.

It is unclear how the man being held eventually ended up with what appeared to be a knife in one of his hands.

According to reports, no one was hurt during the incident.

Police Information Officer Diane L. Drayton said police did make an arrest but no charges were laid some two days after.

"An individual was arrested but not yet charged," Ms Drayton said on October 25, 2017.

See previous article published October 23, 2017

Man throws gasoline @ staff of BVI Communications

Reports reaching our newsroom are that an irate customer threw gasoline on the staff of BVI Communications in Purcell Estate, on the main island of Tortola, today October 23, 2017 before being subdued.

This information was confirmed by a senior police source.

According to further reports reaching our newsroom, a man rode up on a motor scooter to the place of business sometime this afternoon and was given two estimates on the cost of a phone. He then allegedly verbally assaulted staff and left in a rage.

He then returned with a bottle that was believed to contain gasoline.

At the same time the manager of the store arrived and the man threw a cellular phone at him. The man then followed the manager inside the store and attempted to throw gasoline on the store and its staff.

It was reported that the manager managed to hold the irate man in a 'choke lock' and the police was called in.

The other details of what transpired after are sketcy.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) were on the scene conducting investigations into the matter.

Our newsroom will bring more information as they become available.

Recently, several persons were charged for attempting to loot BVI Communications following Hurricane Irma.

29 Responses to “UPDATE: 'Gasoline thrower' arrested”

  • enough (23/10/2017, 19:23) Like (1) Dislike (26) Reply
    Too much bad luck following this dude. He need to see the obea man... Fall in line my brother. Drive the bad luck away...
    • B (24/10/2017, 11:49) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
      He is responsible for his own bad luck. And you sound like an A,, talking about see voodoo man. How come the voodoo man did not work his magic and divert the storm from the Island. You People in Tortola believe in to much damn nonsense.
    • comical (24/10/2017, 20:54) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ enough, enough with the quack already. That is why so many of you are so messed up. Tossing gas on someone is plain ignorance and stupidity. He would be banned from my business.
  • Bigger bite (23/10/2017, 19:47) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    And let that sht burn
  • yellow (23/10/2017, 20:00) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where is the footage vino?
  • bat cave (23/10/2017, 20:39) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I saw the schooter rider being held instead of people call the police they there taking pictures what a set mehson
    • Kodak (24/10/2017, 09:44) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
      I see that kind of foolishness all the time...accident on the road - everybody standing around taking pics, man beating up on a woman - everybody taking pics....when will the foolishness end?
  • wize up (23/10/2017, 22:46) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    These refurbished items with outrageous rates
  • Hmmmm (23/10/2017, 22:53) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have vino ran out of cartoons
  • lodger (24/10/2017, 01:50) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Dont condone this but I have heard it costs $50-60 to walk in the door there.
  • @enough (24/10/2017, 04:45) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    He needs to seek Christ why must whenever something not going right we need to see the sangoma. What we don't realise is that evil cannot drive out evil. With help of a strong man of God and fervent prayer and fasting and more so giving his life to Christ will definitely help. Remember all the other gods are the works of men and why go to such to make matters worse.God is good and all the time ..........
    • Inaccurate (27/10/2017, 09:02) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Evil can drive out evil but at a cost. The word says he appears as an angel of light, many forget that. Using evil to attain things in life will end up treacherously for you and your family, be careful stay away from short term fixes.
  • one eye (24/10/2017, 04:53) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Vino you on top again
  • Liat 521 (24/10/2017, 07:26) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    Look drama now this happened high day so the curfew is useless PLEASE LIFT THE CURFEW NOW!!!
  • Not!!!!!! (24/10/2017, 11:42) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't lift the curfew. The curfew has nothing to do with the ignorance of the dumb choices that people is making. So what was this fool planning to do, set the person on fire?
  • vex (27/10/2017, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Police is a joke
  • right (27/10/2017, 10:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Manager had a right to choke hold hold the idiot. What this guy did was just plain out stupid.
    • cha cha (27/10/2017, 16:12) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      While the Manager had him in the choke hold, someone should have taken a rubber hose and soak his behind some hot lashes on his hands.
  • See (27/10/2017, 13:28) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    should have set fire to the punk Jeremy . . The police wont do anything .... as usual
  • Trini T (28/10/2017, 02:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Back of Jeremy he is a nice guy does his best to asssist customers that are short or asking discounts I had a problem with a phone he quickly got me another one I shop with him since he was at the back and will continue to support him btw that man needed a good beating b4 d arrival of d joker police officers
  • Hmmmm (28/10/2017, 07:34) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Everyone handles anger and frustration differently. I guess he did not comply with the template of some of you. Jeremy can be sued for assault as well. Jeremy need to look at his business ethics. All people don't react the same and he need to address how he does business and the quality of it. Gas Guy was wrong also but did Jeremy realized he had a knife and if he wanted he could have hurt him, but he did not. IRMA TOOK AWAY THE COVER MOST PEOPLE USED TO HIDE THEIR DIRTY WAYS AND INJECT SOME IGNORANCE IN MOST.
    • Real Talk (28/10/2017, 13:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      And besides it's not every hold hold from the neck is choke hold. clearly the guy wasn't being choke . there is something called neck lock too!
  • Real Talk (28/10/2017, 13:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @hmmmm...why would Jeremy be sued and what for? Anyone can apprehend someone who has committed, is about to commit an arrestable offence. That's called civil arrest. The man did the right thing. And to his credit he didn't even buss he behind as many of you on here world have some.
    I just read in stkitts news where a pastor was attacked by a young man demanding that he give him his pictures that he took off him while he was a photographer. The pastor defended himself and put him a choke hold and the police arrest the guy. Both of them get medical treatment too. Do know the law before blogging nonsense.
  • Marie (30/10/2017, 12:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is very serious. What if he then threw a match at them? They could have been burned alive. I am so glad he was restrained. There is no bad luck involved, just crazy people with no regard for life.
  • Mic the commish (01/11/2017, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Still no name attached to the arrest article! His name should be posted and he can be shamed and his parents for raising a fool! UPdate and shame this ms

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