The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has released the woman's name from Paraquita Bay, Tortola, who succumbed to a gunshot wound during a robbery on Sunday.
According to a statement issued today, April 20, the Police Information Office said the victim is Catherine Pickering, 54.
“Officers of Major Crime Team continue to follow a number of leads into robbery,” the statement said.
Pickering died on Monday. Notably, following the robbery, she had been rushed to the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital for medical attention.
The statement further said initial reports indicate that a local businesswoman arrived home at around 7:30 pm with cash her business garnered for the day.
“Upon exiting her vehicle, she heard the voice of male, demanding money. The mother of the businesswoman, who was at home at the time, heard a noise outside and attempted to exit the house and was shot. The assailant or assailants made off with a bag containing a sum of money.”
The RVIPF further said that no one else was injured in the incident and made a plea to residents with information that could lead to identifying the perpetrator (s) to contact the Major Crime Team at 368-5682 or the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339.
“All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence,” the RVIPF added.