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Breyer unharmed by machete-wielding robber in the Caribbean

A Caribbean vacation took a scary turn for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his wife last week.

Breyer and his wife were unharmed after being robbed by a machete-wielding intruder in their Caribbean vacation home last week, a Supreme Court spokesperson said Monday.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told the Associated Press that  Breyer was in his vacation home on the West Indies island of Nevis with his wife, Joanna, and other guests. At about 9 p.m. Thursday night, they were confronted in the home by an intruder wielding a machete. The intruder took approximately $1,000 in cash and fled.

The robbery was reported to local authorities, but it is unknown whether an arrest has been made, Arberg said.

The Court is in its mid-winter recess, and the justices are scheduled to return for a closed-door conference Friday. Oral arguments are scheduled to resume Tuesday.

UPDATE: According to the St. Kitts Nevis Observer, FBI officials have traveled to the Caribbean island to investigate the incident.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Robert Liburd told the Observer that police are  “vigorously” investigating the matter. Liburd said he was appealing to the public to come forward with any information about the Breyer robbery as well as any information regarding the robbery of another foreign national vacationing on the island.

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