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YEAR'S FIRST KILLING IS OF SECURITY GUARD

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Jan. 11, 2003 – The territory's first homicide of the new year occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday when a security guard died in Roy L. Schneider Hospital after being shot during a robbery on St. Thomas.
Richard Baptiste, 48, a Bureau of Corrections guard and part-time employee of the Ranger American security agency, was picking up the night's receipts at the Market Square East cinema complex around 11 p.m. Friday when he was accosted by a gunman, according to Attorney General Iver Stridiron.
Speaking later Saturday morning as both the territory's chief of prosecution and Baptiste's boss, Stridiron said the victim had been a Corrections employee for about 11 years and died at the scene of the shooting.
Investigators have determined that the assailant escaped in a red Honda sedan and that at least one other person may have been involved. "We clearly believe they staked out the place prior to this morning's incident," Stridiron said, noting that it was the second fatal shooting of a security guard at Market Square East. The other, last year, was of a National Enforcement Security and Strategic Operations guard working at the Cost-U-Less store.
Stridiron urged business owners to review their procedures for the transporting of cash for deposit in financial institutions.
"I have expressed our sympathies to Officer Baptiste's family and have assured his parents, Louise Henry and Wilfred Baptiste, that we will do everything possible to assist them during this difficult period," he said.
He asked that anyone with information relating to the crime call the Police Department Major Crime Unit at 715-5522 or emergency number 911.

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