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Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021

One man charged following Sunday’s robbery-homicide

One man charged following Sunday’s robbery-homicide

One person has been charged in connection to Sunday’s robbery incident that resulted in 67-year-old Catherine Pickering being shot and killed outside her home in Paraquita Bay.
Charged with robbery is 24-year-old Shermar Richardson of a Gene Hill address.

Police Commissioner Mark Collins announced news of the charge in a recent public statement and credited the arrest to “the dedicated work of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF)”.

“We were able to bring four persons into custody. One of the four has today been charged. My detectives continue to move meticulously through the inquiry process to ensure no stone is left unturned. I have full confidence in the officers currently in charge. There is no doubt in my mind that they are more than competent, knowledgeable and trustworthy,” the newly-appointed top cop said while appealing to persons with information to come forward.

“I know there are concerns with reporting information to police. This is not only locally but it is an issue internationally. However, I can assure you that whatever information you pass on will be dealt with confidentially. I can also assure you that if any of my officers breach the standard of confidentiality they will be dealt with according to the code of conduct,” he added.

Persons can contact the Major Crime Team at 284-368-5682 or Inspector Vernon Larocque directly at 284-368-9809. Persons can also call the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 284-368-9339.

In the meantime, Commissioner Collins said he personally visited Mrs Pickering’s daughter yesterday and gave his reassurance of the RVIPF’s commitment to finding the perpetrators.

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