Police: Double amputee hits woman with bottle in marital dispute | For registration
A double amputee accused of domestic violence will be required to wear an electronic monitor on his arm, after a family member posted $ 15,000 bail Friday, court records show.
Franklin Xavier was arrested Wednesday night and charged with third degree assault, common assault and carrying or using a dangerous weapon in the commission of a violent crime. He was indicted under the Territory’s Domestic Violence Act and held without bond until his notice of rights hearing Friday before the Sixth Superior Court of Sainte-Croix.
The arrest came after officers answered a 911 call in Upper Love at around 7:13 p.m. and interviewed Xavier and a woman identified as the victim in the case, both of whom were taken to Luis Hospital for a medical treatment, according to a filed affidavit. by VI Police.
The victim said she and Xavier had an argument as they drove home to his house, and when she pulled into his yard, “he opened the door and got out of the car to get into his. wheelchair, but then turned around and hit her on the right side of her head with a glass bottle, ”according to the affidavit.
The victim said “she got scared, put her vehicle in reverse and accelerated quickly to get away from Mr. Xavier”, and he fell out of the car and the right front passenger door took him. bumped, according to the affidavit.
The victim was treated for a head injury, which required the closure of a staple, and Xavier sustained a cut to his hand and “minor scratches on his left stump and left arm,” according to the affidavit .
Xavier refused to give a statement to the police and told the police that they “should break his fingers to treat him”, according to the affidavit.
In court on Friday, VI Deputy Attorney General Vanessa Hewitt-Quinland said that, as he was taken for medical treatment on Thursday, Xavier used a phone to call and threaten the victim. She requested that he be placed under 24-hour house arrest with electronic surveillance and that he post a $ 15,000 cash bond.
Territorial Public Defender Yolan Brow Ross said Xavier had limited mobility and couldn’t afford the $ 280 a month for electronic surveillance, which is typically worn around the ankle.
“He’s a double amputee, so where would they put the monitor?” She added.
“It can go out of his way,” said trial judge Ernest Morris Jr. “Your client has a very long, very long and extensive criminal history. And that’s what will assure the court that he no longer represents a danger to the community in this circumstance, nothing less than that.
The judge also gave Xavier a stern warning not to have contact with the victim while he awaits trial.
“Not by phone, not by email, not by social media, not by friends and family, not by carrier pigeon. None at all,” Morris said.
Morris said Xavier must live with a third-party caretaker under 24-hour house arrest with electronic surveillance, and court records show a family member posted the $ 15,000 bond on Friday.