Two men armed with knives “invaded” a Slaney Hill residence on June 5, holding a maid hostage and assaulting her before escaping with several stolen items, police said Tuesday.

Though police said one suspect was subsequently arrested, no charges had been announced as of Beacon press time yesterday afternoon.

Police did not explain why it took them six days to release basic details about the incident, but they acknowledged in a Tuesday press release that related information had already reached the public domain.

“The [Royal Virgin Islands Police Force] is aware that information relating to the matter has already been circulated on social media, and understandably this has generated concern among members of the public,” the release noted.

It added that the investigation was still at an early stage, but detectives had already achieved “some important objectives.”

“On Sunday, June 9, 2024, we executed a search on a property at Purcell Estate, Tortola, and recovered some of the items that were stolen from the residence,” Police Commissioner Mark Collins said in the release. “A suspect was also arrested at the same property.”

Police did not say if the suspect was charged, and they haven’t provided any further information.

“The investigation is proceeding diligently,” the press release noted. “Therefore, it would be imprudent to disclose any further information at this time. The victims of this crime have been receiving timely updates and support as the investigation continues.”