|| ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Carolyn Hermon-Purcell has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to move forward on rape and related charges against Isaiah “Iva” George.
Following his arrest on Dec. 31, George, 32, of Bolongo Bay, appeared Tuesday morning before Magistrate Hermon-Purcell to be advised of his rights on charges of first-degree rape, third-degree assault, disturbance of the peace, using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence, first-degree assault and unlawful sexual contact.
Considering George to be a danger to the community, Magistrate Hermon-Purcell increased his bail from $110,000 to $150,000 cash or property and imposed a number of bail conditions, which include 24-hour house arrest with electronic monitoring and maintaining a 50-foot distance from the victim. Magistrate Hermon-Purcell also told George that before he can be released from custody, he has to surrender his passport, provide a suitable third-party custodian and provide a place of residence.
According to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Shikima Rhymer, George was inside the victim’s house where he raped her at knifepoint and threatened to kill her and her dog. The victim managed to escape and ran to her next-door neighbor for help. George then fled the area using the neighbor’s car, according to Rhymer.
Magistrate Hermon-Purcell also sustained a single charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle against George and set his bail at $5,000, allowing him to post 10 percent to secure his release. Magistrate Hermon-Purcell also ordered George to abide by a number of court-imposed bail conditions in relation to that offense.
George is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 19 to be arraigned on the charges in both cases.