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USVI man accused of physically assaulting wife @ J'Ouvert

May 12th, 2023 | Tags: Coy Gumbs Jouvert wife assault breach of peace
A man, Coy Gumbs, was arrested and charged with multiple offenses following his alleged violent and disruptive behavior at J’Ouvert celebrations on April 27, 2023. Photo: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — A man, Coy Gumbs, was arrested and charged with multiple offenses following his alleged violent and disruptive behavior at J’Ouvert celebrations on April 27, 2023. His wife reported that Gumbs harassed her and her friends during the festivities, leading to altercations that involved both physical assault and a breach of peace.

According to the victim's account presented in court documents, she and two of her female friends were attending the J’Ouvert celebrations when she spotted her husband around 11:30 a.m. near the former First Bank on Veterans Drive. Upon making his way through the crowd, Gumbs reportedly confronted his wife, began cursing, and physically accosted her. His aggressive behavior was quelled by intervention from the woman's friend and three officials, including two Port Authority officers and a National Guard soldier.

Despite being removed from the area, Gumbs returned a few minutes later, this time reportedly seizing and bruising the hand of another of his wife's friends, according to court documents. Amidst the ensuing disturbance, he managed to get close to his wife and attempted to punch her, only managing to graze her face, the probable cause fact sheet said. His wife retaliated with a slap, after which he continued his verbal tirade until he was removed once more from the scene.

The victim reported that she had to continually evade her husband until she lost him near a local KFC outlet. Subsequently, she proceeded to the Richard Callwood Command police station to file an official report.

On May 8, the same day the victim recorded a video statement for police, her two companions also gave their accounts to the officers. Both of them corroborated the woman’s version of events, revealing that Gumbs persistently refused to leave them alone. Upon realizing that the man was her friend's husband, one of the women reportedly implored him to handle their personal matters privately.

The police investigation revealed that the victim had previously filed several complaints against Gumbs and a temporary restraining order was already in effect against him.

On Tuesday afternoon, despite denying all allegations, Gumbs was arrested and charged with simple assault and battery as a crime of domestic violence, and disturbances of the peace.

During his court appearance on Wednesday, additional charges of attempted battery and aggravated assault as acts of domestic violence were added. He was granted bail for $1,000 and ordered to stay away from his wife's residence and workplace, except for a one-time supervised visit to collect his personal belongings.

His next court appearance is slated for May 26, 2023.

17 Responses to “USVI man accused of physically assaulting wife @ J'Ouvert”

  • HMMM (12/05/2023, 18:55) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    Yuh married respect that. Shouldn’t be dancing up on man . Set a bi**hs
    • Reading ain’t 4 u (13/05/2023, 09:24) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      The news said female friends. Can’t you read? Where did it say she was dancing with a male? Lawd, sheesh go back and read and stop jump to conclusions.
    • Lucifer (13/05/2023, 10:01) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      DIVORCE HER and keep yourself out of jail. She showed you who she is and you cannot change that. All married people don't act as though they are married. DIVORCE HER and allow those same men she likes take care of her.
      • @Lucifer & Others (15/05/2023, 01:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You all are SLOW! The article states that complaints and a temporary restraining order was in effect already. This means they are separated but not divorced. They are not legally separated but still married.
    • @hmmm (13/05/2023, 13:57) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree so he needs to just divorce her simple. Walk away from embarrassing yourself dude. She will only hope for one of the other guys to give her the wife status.
  • Asking For Myself (12/05/2023, 19:03) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    So she was wuking up on another guy?
  • note book (12/05/2023, 21:08) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    That is how you do it! A detail account and a P I CTURE!!!!
    Unlike the VI with perhaps a sentence and never never a photo, Days or sometime lat e r perhaps,a name. No choice to conclude that corruption run deep in the VI .,their bad guys have things to tell.. BVI is a crumple up and sinking fast,
  • Greg (12/05/2023, 21:23) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    It's best to stay single and live alone. These men are a menace to society. I can guarantee he is not finished with assaulting his wife. She has to watch her back because men are very immature and he might kill her.
  • herbs power (13/05/2023, 03:59) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Where is the picture of the wife, one sided story.
  • Norris Turnbull (13/05/2023, 04:22) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    She needs to divorce his silly ass. Overgrown teenager. Go find a woman. My sister ill be in your ass with a fish pot stick.
    • Hush (13/05/2023, 07:30) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      U hear one side and talking p*ss. She married why she embracing the man. She should have walk away with him. And talk to the side. But clearly she preferred jouvert dancing on whoever.
    • Chuck (13/05/2023, 08:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You don’t even know the backstory.
  • Maria (13/05/2023, 07:23) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am glad he was arrested. I have seen many cases where restraining orders were administered and the person who got it, thinks it's a joke. Well he should have stayed away from the woman. If you can't get along stay away from each other. These men want to be abusive to their women and think it's okay, but it's not especially when there is children involved So women please think about what can happen if the person loses it. Think real hard. I was once a victim, but thank God for the Women Adversy Program they helped me get my life back together. Amen ????????????????

  • EW (13/05/2023, 09:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
  • lol (13/05/2023, 11:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    He looks like a Gumbs for true
  • Noooooo (16/05/2023, 12:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now where i going get my facebook laughs??? Somebody slide homey a smart phone while in the pen for me

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