PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On Thursday August 9 th at approximately 12.30 a.m. the Emergency Dispatch was alerted by the security staff of the Coliseum casino on Front Street that two suspicious men dressed in dark clothing was planning to rob the casino.
These two men were spotted on the roof of the building by security. The police department was immediately informed and several patrols were sent to investigate the situation. One patrol spotted a man fitting the description of one of the suspects on Backstreet.
This man took off running through the Philipsburg area chased by a police officer on foot. This suspect was caught in the vicinity of Oranje School and was arrested on the spot. During a search of this suspect several items such as a mask, fire-arm and gloves among other items which can be used to commit a robbery were found in his possession.
These items were confiscated for further investigation. The entire area was search for the second suspect but he was not located.
The suspect that was arrested remains for further investigation by the Special Robbery Unit.