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Strong Armed Robbery Leaves One Man Dead

November 15, 2018

CHRISTIANSTED, ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - On November 14, 2018, 911 Emergency Call Center notified officers of an armed robbery that occurred at Castaway’s Bar and Restaurant in Estate Solitude on the east end of St. Croix. Upon officer’s arrival, they observed a Caucasian male victim who had sustained gunshot wounds to the body.

Preliminary investigation revealed that three masked men, armed with handguns, entered Castaway’s Bar and Restaurant from different directions and ordered everyone inside the establishment to get on the ground. One of the masked men approached the cash register behind the bar and removed an undetermined amount of cash from it.

Two of the suspects discharged several shots at a one of the patrons who was still standing inside the restaurant, hitting him multiple times about the body. The suspects then fled the area in a blue Jeep Wrangler.

CPR was administered to the victim until the ambulance arrived on the scene. EMT’s later transported the victim to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center. The victim, later identified as 33-year-old Derrick Cribb, succumbed to his injuries sustained from the gunshot wounds. This is an active investigation.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards, Sr. said he was horrified at the heinous crime and promised that the VIPD will be relentless in its efforts to apprehend and prosecute the suspects.

He expressed condolences to Cribb’s family and noted that the suspects will be brought to justice.

Crime Stoppers is in receipt of anonymous $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the individual or individuals involved in Castaway's incident.

SUBMIT A TIP calling (800) 222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersvi.org or www.P3tips.com

You can also call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (340) 778-2211 or 911.

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