SINT MAARTEN: POLICE PRESS RELEASE 29042019-1

KPSM

Philipsburg, April 29th 2019

From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON

                       POLICE PRESS RELEASE

Police make arrests in ongoing investigations

The investigating officers of KPSM in charge of several ongoing criminal investigations made several arrests in these cases;

The first arrest was of a male suspect identified with initials D.F. Jr. He was arrested in connection of a female victim with whom he had a relationship and also for the Ill-treatment of another female who the suspect does not even know. The suspect was arrested on Sunday April 28th at approximately 3 PM. He was taken to the police head quarters for questioning and where he remains in custody for further investigation.

The second arrest was of a male suspect identified with initials S.C. He was arrested in connection with the threatening of a victim with a gun. The incident happened in January of this year and managed to avoid arrest after committing the act. During the arrest which took place on Sunday April 28th at approximately 4 PM, the suspect was searched for safety reasons. During this search a considerable amount of cocaine was found on the suspect. The drugs were confiscated for further investigation. The suspect was taken to the police head quarters where he remains in custody for further investigation.

The third arrest was of a male suspect identified with initials S.S.D. He was arrested in connection with the ongoing shooting investigation which occurred earlier this year in the vicinity of Boasman Bar in Sint Peters. The suspect was taken to the Philipsburg Head quarters and place into custody for questioning and further investigation.

The fourth arrest was of a male suspect identified with initials L.A.L.J. He was arrested based on a warrant for his arrest issued by the Public Prosecution Service. He was arrested on Monday April 29th suspected of threat and destruction of property. He was taken to the police head quarters where he remains in custody for questioning and further investigation.

Suspect in Human Trafficking/Smuggling arreste

On Saturday, April 27th 2019, the Human Trafficking/Smuggling Team of KPSM, together with the help of the Uniform Division arrested 1 person in connection with an ongoing case of Human smuggling.

After the arrest, the suspect identified with initials M. R.C., was brought to the Police station in Philipsburg, where she was questioned by the detectives of the Human smuggling team, placed in custody and turned over to the Immigration department.

 

Armed robberies

On Saturday April 27th at approximately 11.30 P.M. a lone gunman entered Defiance Gentleman’s Club with a handgun and while threatening a client with his gun attempted to rob the client of his belongings. The client did not cooperate with the demand of the robber however, at which time the robber fled the scene on an awaiting scooter.

On Sunday April 28th at approximately 12.50 PM three unknown men, one of which was armed with a gun stormed into Over Value Supermarket II and robbed the establishment by threatening the cashier taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. After committing this act all three suspects fled the scene on foot. No suspect or suspects in these two cases have been identified or arrested.

Anyone who have any information in connection with these two cases should immediately get in contact with the police department by calling 54-22222 ext. 214/ 215 or by dialing the 911 emergency number.

 

Arson

On Monday April 29th at approximately 02.00 a.m. police patrols, Detectives, Forensic Investigators and Fire Department were dispatched to A&A Fashions located close to Kadaster Office on Back Street where and explosion was reported and that the store was on fire. The fire department immediately went work on extinguishing the fire making shore the fire did not spread to the other stores in the area or to the apartments on the first floor. The area was immediately cordoned off the police officers on the scene.

According to report the couples that own the store have been having serious communication problems lately which may have escalated causing the male owner to set the store on fire. This suspect in this case has not yet been located or arrested.

It is still unclear what happened and Detectives are speaking to potential witnesses while Forensic Investigators collect evidence on the scene.

Police investigating two shooting incidents

Detectives are presently investigating a shooting which took place on Monday April 29th at approximately 09.30 A.M. in the vicinity of ACE Mega Center. According to reports the victim was shot multiple times the suspect who after committing his act fled the scene in an unknown vehicle. The victim who even though he was shot managed to jump into own vehicle and drive himself to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. The area was cordoned off by the police patrol for Detectives and Forensic Department to conduct their investigation. The reason why this incident took place is still unclear. Identity of the victim has not yet been released. The victim remains admitted for further medical treatment.

The second shooting incident took place on Monday April 29th at approximately 12.15 P.M. in Dutch Quarter where according to the victim that he was shot in his lower right arm while walking on the street. The victim stated that he was shot with an air-gun. The projectile penetrated his skin and caused quite some pain. The victim also stated not to know who shot him. This case is also under investigation by Detectives.

Road closures in connection with Grand Parade and Labor Day Parade

In connection with the 2019 Grand Carnival Parade scheduled to be held on Tuesday April 30th 2019 and the Labor Day Parade scheduled to be held on May 1st 2019 to Police Department is making the following announcement.

On Tuesday April 30th and Wednesday May 1st 2019 Front Street will be closed at Long wall road- Little bay road from 06.00 a.m. until the passing of the parades. All streets and alleys leading from Back Street into Front Street will also be closed. All residents living on Front Street and businesses owners are cautioned not to park on Front Street during this time. Guest house and hotel operators should inform their guests to look for alternative parking during this period. If their guests have to catch a flight they should advise them to leave early to avoid any delays or any other inconvenience. Vehicles parked on Front Street during this period will be towed at the expense of the owner or driver.

On Tuesday April 30th the Grand Parade consisting of 17 troops starts at the Jose Lake Senior Ballpark on L.B. Scot road at 10.00 AM sharp. The troops will line-up on the L.B. Scot road. Both bridges leading into Saunders from L.B. Scot road will be closed at Flamboyant road and Arbutus road to all motor vehicle traffic as of 08.00 AM. Drivers going into and out of Betty Estate, Ebenezer, Sint Peters and Reward areas should take keen note of this information and take alternative routes to get to and from their destination. Once the parade starts it will head towards Church hill round about and make a left run onto Bush road- Prins Bernard Brug- Walter Nisbet road- Hensey Boujon street- Long wall road- Kerkhof Straat-Front Street- Emma plein- Welvaart Brug- Buncamper road- Freedom Fighter round about- Walter Nisbet road- Salt Picker round about- Soualiga Boulevard and end in front of the Festival Village.  

On Wednesday May 1st, the Labor Day Parade will start at 01.00 P.M. sharp at Salt Pickers round about onto Walter Nisbet road- Hensey Boujon Street- Long wall road- Kerkhof Straat-Front Street- Emma plein- Welvaart Brug- Buncamper road- Freedom Fighter round about- Walter Nisbet road- Salt Picker round about- Soualiga Boulevard and end in front of the Festival Village. All streets and alleys will reopen once the parade has passed on both days.

The community is advised to take all necessary measures to protect themselves and their property. Take the carnival safety tips into account and remember the transaction list will be implemented for any misconduct. (Visit our Facebook Page for more information)

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