From: Acting head of communication Department
Inspector E.S. Josepha
March 22nd 2021-A
Police seeks public’s assistance with several armed robberies cases
Several armed robberies around Philipsburg over the weekend have the attention of police officers of the Specials Unit Robberies (SUR). The public’s assistance is sought to help law enforcement to apprehend the armed robbers. Anyone with information about the robberies, or who may have seen or know the suspects are urged to contact the Police.
On Saturday, March 20, 2021, around 4:00pm, two men dressed in dark clothing and brandishing firearms entered and robbed a Front Street jewelry store at gunpoint. They bagged jewelry and fled on two scooters that were spotted by A police patrol. The suspects were chased by officers to the Oyster Pond border, but they escaped to the French Side.
The second armed robbery was in the evening. Police Central Dispatch received a call on around 9:00pm about an individual who was robbed of his gold chains in the Festival Village. According to the victim, four (4) young men dressed in dark clothing and brandishing firearms robbed him of his jewelry next to the Festival Village restrooms. The robbers afterward fled the scene on foot.
The third armed robbery occurred on Sunday, March 21, at approximately 4:00pm in the parking lot of a supermarket on Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard. Three (3) tourists were threatened with a firearm and one of the group was robbed of his jewelry. The preliminary investigation shows that three victims got out of their car and were suddenly approached by two armed young men from a nearby car. After threatening and robbing the victims, the two suspects fled the scene in their car.
Anyone with information with about these armed robberies should contact SUR detectives via + 1 721 542 2222 ext. 203, 204 or 205, the anonymous tip line 9300, send a private message via Facebook Page: Police Force of Sint Maarten – Korps Politie Sint Maarten or website www.policesxm.sx.
Man arrested for sexual assault
The Police’s Department of Juvenile and Morals arrested suspect with initial R.C.R. on Monday, March 15, 2021, in connection with the sexual assault of a minor.
The assault took place when the victim was 12-years-old and living on Curacao. The case is under investigated by the Curacao Police Department.
KPSM learned that the suspect had recently traveled to Sint Maarten and with consent of the Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM, the suspect was arrested on March 15. The suspect was questioned and is incarcerated pending further investigation in the ongoing case.