Philipsburg, July 4, 2019
From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
Reward offered in Robbery investigation
In connection with the ongoing armed robbery investigation resulting in the tragic death of a male Canadian tourist indentified with initials S.V., the Unified Neighborhood Safety Board of Beacon Hill, Cupecoy, Maho, and Point Pirouette have offered a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) involved.
The armed robbery took place in the Maho area on Wednesday, June 5th at approximately 11:00 p.m., the victim and his daughter were attacked by an unknown person who during a brief struggle was shot. The suspect(s) then jumped into a small vehicle and fled the scene. Police and paramedics were called. The victim was treated on the scene, then taken to hospital for medical treatment and was thereafter flown abroad for further medical treatment were he later succumbed to his injuries.
The Unified Neighborhood Safety Board of Beacon Hill, Cupecoy, Maho and Point Pirouette would like to offer a $10.000,00 reward.
If you have any information related to this robbery, please call the KPSM TIP line at 9300 (locally) or + 1721 54 20345 (internationally) and you will be guided on how you can give your information.
The Sint Maarten Police Force would also like to take this opportunity to thank those individuals who have provided the detectives with information thus far in the investigation. With the help of these individuals the police department was able to gather information that gave us headway in this ongoing investigation.
Suspect turns himself in.
On Wednesday July 3rd suspect with initials D.V., along with his mother and lawyer, turned himself in the Police department in connection with the social media threats that were made against the Sint Maarten Police Force.
A post, allegedly made by the suspect D.V., was posted via social media attempting to recruit members of the community to join him to form a team to take out the Sint Maarten Police Force. The reward for taking part in this team would be to the amount of U.S. $ 70.000,-.
The suspect is currently in police custody pending further investigation. KPSM would like to warn the community that threats against the police force will not be taken lightly. We are here to serve and protect the community and can only continue to do so with the cooperation of the community.
Bike riding safety tips.
In the light of the summer vacation the KSPM traffic department has been receiving a number of complaints regarding children riding their bikes in the road unsafely and would like to provide a short list of safety tips to be safe while ride bikes.
- Obey the rules of the road. They are put in place for your road safety as well as all road users around you.
- Always wear a helmet. In the event of any falls you will be protected.
- Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing while riding. The bright colors help all road users clearly identify that you are also making use of the road.
- Always ride with traffic – never against it.
- Parents should be aware of where their children are going. Have a discussion with your children because they go out on the roads to be sure that they are aware of what is expected of them once they are using the public roads to ride their bikes.
On behave of the Sint Maarten Police force we would like to wish all a happy and safe summer 2019. We will continue to ensure that the road ways are safe but the community must also play its part.