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2 bartenders in USVI charged with raping vacationing woman

Roger Perez Velazquez, left, and Shaquille Cruz Rosario, right, have been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman in the staff house of the hotel they worked at.‌ Photo: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Two men have been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman in the staff house of the hotel they worked at.‌

According to court documents, the woman and her friend told police that they had met Shaquille Cruz Rosario and Roger Perez Velazquez earlier this year, when they had come to St Thomas on vacation. The men work as bartenders at the Pink Palm Hotel. Last week Thursday, the women came back to St Thomas and checked into the hotel. That same night, they met up with Rosario and Velasquez and went out to party.

In the wee hours of Friday morning, the alleged victim said she went to the hotel’s staff house, where the men lived, and sat in Rosario’s room with him to smoke. At one point, he reportedly began to kiss and fondle her, which she told police was fine at first. However, when Rosario began to free his genitals from his pants, she said that she told him that she did not want to have sex. He reportedly continued kissing her.

Shortly thereafter, with Rosario straddling her, the woman said Velazquez walked into the room. The men reportedly exchanged some words in Spanish, and then Velazquez allegedly began grabbing at her breasts, while placing his free hand over her mouth. That is when Rosario began to rape her, the woman told officers. Her attempts to break free from the grasp of the two men were futile, she said.

Man apologises to victim

According to court documents, when the assault was over, the woman told police that Rosario apologised several times, while Velazquez insisted on walking her back to her hotel room. When she returned, the woman said she told her friend what had happened, and the pair began to avoid the two men. However, the woman’s friend said that she spoke to Velazquez on Saturday, who reportedly admitted that Rosario had wronged her friend. Velazquez reportedly said that he told his colleague that he needed to apologise.‌

However, when police made contact with the two suspects, they claimed that the woman was the one who initiated the sexual activity. Rosario reportedly admitted to penetrating the woman, but said that it was only once. Meanwhile, Velazquez reportedly denied placing his hand over the woman’s mouth.

The woman said that following her assault, she suffered from tearing and bleeding, but did not initially report it due to shame and the fear that nobody would believe her.‌

After police listened to recordings of the conversation between the woman’s friend and Velazquez, they decided to arrest both men and charge them with first-degree rape, first-degree assault, and first-degree unlawful sexual contact, as well as aiding and abetting on all three charges.

$100K bail

‌On Tuesday, both Velazquez and Rosario appeared before Magistrate Paula Norkaitis, who found probable cause to uphold the charges against them. The men were each assessed bail in the amount of $100,000, half of which must be paid in cash before they are released ahead of trial.

Should they post bail, they will both be required to surrender their travel documents and driver’s licenses to the court, and will have to report to the probation office every week by telephone. Each man is also ordered to remain at least 100 feet away from the two women.

The arraignment hearings for Rosario and Velazquez have been scheduled for June 21, 2024.

11 Responses to “2 bartenders in USVI charged with raping vacationing woman”

  • Rubber Duck (06/06/2024, 21:09) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    Are they white?
  • Fuh de kulcha (06/06/2024, 21:16) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply

    Waiting for the comments that will blame the victim in 3,2,1.......

    • Queezy (07/06/2024, 08:58) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Fuh de kulcha, Well you asked for it so here goes. No one should be raped, let's get that straight. They came to the hotel earlier this year. Obviously liked the men and came back now. Partied with them until the wee hours of the morning. Went to where the men lived (RED FLAG) and thought the men only wanted conversation? This is a grown woman who knows better than to go to a man's home. She had a hotel room with her friend she should have gone back to. Why put herself in harms way? No common sense at all! These men worked at the hotel and I am sure they meet women all of the time. They should have never crossed that line mixing with guests. Let tourists party with other people and not put your job and well being on the line, to now be in jail. Both parties are stupid!
    • @fuh de (07/06/2024, 16:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      me blame
  • ... (07/06/2024, 00:00) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    They knew what they were doing. Atleast she can sue the hotel if they knew anything improper about the pair.
  • @RUBBER DUCK (07/06/2024, 06:52) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
  • l (08/06/2024, 20:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    That woman have right in that room smoking that is baloney officer's check het story don't go to fast some thing is not adding up that's how i feel
  • Vi smurf (13/06/2024, 20:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry to here what happen to the young lady and rape is always wrong but I can see how it can be seen as misleading due to her action seems like she was with it until she saw the size of his manhood if what she saying is true but both seem to regret it after that’s what weed do I gues make bad judgements. Anyway based off situation I wouldn’t go too hard on the guys he was remorseful ,she seem to had like them and they didn’t beat her up and he even offered to walk her back I think ghe freind may have a lot to do with the outcome after she told her she may have felt she was suppose to be there also and made her feel guilty these is just my opinions.

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