Police said one man was charged late yesterday with the murder of Alston Penn as officers of the Major Crime Team continue their pursuit of suspects regarding recent murders.
Santo Yamarco Hernandez, who is a 38-year-old native of the Dominican Republic and resident of Spring Ghut, is to appear before the Magistrate’s Court on Monday in relation to the charge.
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews said he is pleased with the level of determination to bring about swift justice in relation to homicides.
“Successful detections are more likely when they are made early in investigations, and therefore the Major Crime Team – even though small – is focused on quickly identifying the individuals responsible in the recent murders. Our hope is that the public will continue to assist with information that can help with inquiries into the other murders. The RVIPF maintains committed to capturing offenders and pursuing justice for the victims and families of all these dreadful crimes,” the commissioner said.
He added that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) continues to seek information that can be helpful with any of its investigations. “Persons are asked to contact the Major Crime Team directly by calling 368-5682 or the Intelligence Unit at 368-9339,” added the RVIPF.
Penn’s relatives have been updated on the recent developments in relation to the investigation.
He was found dead in the Windy Hill area of Tortola before daybreak on March 10.