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USVI man beats, chokes girlfriend who failed to answer his phone calls

Mugshot of Akeel Ahonza Phillips who is charged with second-degree assault domestic violence, simple assault and battery, and disturbance of the peace domestic violence. Photo: Virgin Islands Police Department

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A man was arrested Monday, March 13, 2023, after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend because she failed to answer the phone when he called.

According to a release from the [US] VI Police Department (VIPD), on Monday the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report at 6:38 AM of an assault that occurred in the Sion Farm area. Upon the arrival of the responding officers, they made contact with the victim, who told detectives that she was strangled by her boyfriend, Akeel Ahonza Phillips, age 35.

Criminal Investigation Bureau Detectives interviewed the victim who stated that Phillips came home upset because she missed his telephone calls. She further stated that after trying to explain to Phillips what occurred, he became enraged, grabbed her by the throat with both hands and squeezed, restricting her airway.

The victim said she fought Phillips and was able to get him off her. She said that she moved away from Phillips and he followed her to another room where he began striking her on the body, holding her by the throat a second time and squeezing until her breathing was restricted.

The victim sustained injuries because of the assault, according to the VIPD.

No bail

Phillips was arrested at 11:57 AM Monday and charged with second-degree assault domestic violence, simple assault and battery, and disturbance of the peace domestic violence.

Phillips admitted that he and the victim got into a verbal disagreement that turned physical. He was then booked, and no bail was set per the DV statue, the VIPD reported. He was transported to the John Bell Correctional Facility pending his advice of rights hearing.

9 Responses to “USVI man beats, chokes girlfriend who failed to answer his phone calls”

  • S Power (15/03/2023, 18:42) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I watch BMF, Is the Lamar?
  • ccc (15/03/2023, 19:29) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    These men are crazy mehson
  • east (15/03/2023, 19:35) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    These d**m outta place!! If he’s paying her phone bills, answer , but in your most vex tone of voice , do like me , you got your own lil cash, take care of yourself and if you have children if you have them????????????????????
  • jail (15/03/2023, 22:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    bully, mf. he need psych evaluation
  • here (16/03/2023, 07:08) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    If this happen here he would get bail if even charged at all.
  • Linda (16/03/2023, 08:37) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    These women really do scrape the bottom of the barrel when looking for a mate. They need to work and pay their own bills. She couldn't pay her own phone bill? This idiot of a man is stupid anyway thinking he owns her because he is paying her phone bill. Weak bad relationships will never last. If each person stop using the other and take care of themselves, there would be nothing to fight about.
  • bills (16/03/2023, 10:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Show me where in the article it says he was paying her phone bills. You people like to add on for your own convenience.
  • Loo I See (16/03/2023, 13:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is should be noted that in these Islands the majority of these creatures were raised by women in a single parent household.
  • unknown (18/03/2023, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He threatened to choke a 4th grader with a rope because he was trying to go talk to his teacher

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