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St. Croix Man Arrested and Charged with Kidnapping

February 23, 2020

ST. CROIX, USVI – On Feb. 21 at around 9:53 p.m., Axel J. Betancourt, age 19 of Williams Delight, was arrested and charged with Kidnapping and False Imprisonment.

Suspect
Axel J. Betancourt

A 16-year-old female minor reported that earlier that day, Betancourt, who is a friend of the victim’s ex-boyfriend, offered her a ride home from school. However, Betancourt left the school campus and started driving in the opposite direction from where the victim lives. When she started questioning why Betancourt was driving in that direction, he then held the victim at knifepoint. She stated that Betancourt took her back to the campus after she started pleading with him to take her back. When contacted by police, Betancourt admitted to being in the company of the minor and that he had a knife.

Betancourt’s bail was set at $10,000. He was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

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