ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Henry Carr III
found probable cause to move forward on false imprisonment and related charges
against Elijah Henry.
25, of Oswald Harris Court housing community is charged with one count each of false
imprisonment; disturbance of the peace (domestic violence); third-degree
assault (domestic violence); assault and battery (domestic violence) and
second-degree assault in connection with an incident that occurred in the
pre-dawn hours of Tuesday.
Hours after his
arrest, Henry appeared before Magistrate Carr Tuesday morning for an
advice-of-rights hearing, during which Magistrate Carr found probable cause to
sustain the charges and set a $25,000 bail for Henry, allowing him to post
$1,000 in cash and execute an unsecured appearance bond for the remaining
$24,000. Henry was also ordered to adhere to a number of court-imposed bail
conditions, which include having no contact with the victim and reporting
telephonically to the Office of Probation twice weekly.
is accused of beating a woman while detaining her at her apartment.
According to a
probable cause fact sheet prepared by Officer Yaniris Madera, officers
responded to a report of the assault. The victim’s mother told police that she
telephoned her daughter several times, but after getting no response from her,
she went to her daughter’s apartment.
When the mother
arrived at the daughter’s apartment, she began pounding on the door. No one
answered her knock, but she heard someone from inside the apartment calling for
help. The mother called 911, according to Madera.
on the scene and the victim told police that Henry beat and choked her, and
kept her from leaving the apartment. The victim said while inside the
apartment, she heard pounding on the door but could not move. She said when
Henry fell asleep, she was able to get up and open the door and was rescued by
her mother and police officers. The victim was taken to Schneider Hospital to
be treated for contusions to the face and head, according to Madera’s probable
cause fact sheet.
arraignment hearing, at which he will formally answer to the charges, is slated
for Mar. 9.