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MAHO, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Monday May 8th at approximately 11.30 p.m. in the vicinity of Platinum Night Club in Maho. On the scene the South American victims stated that they were suddenly attacked two unknown men armed with handguns.

These men robbed them of the personal belongings such as, cellular telephone, bank cards, passports, camera along with some tools and two rented cars with license plate 4867 AAB and R-285.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating an attempted robbery which took place on the Boardwalk in the vicinity of Passangrahan Hotel on Sunday May 7th at approximately 2:10 p.m. The female victim stated that she and her family were on the Boardwalk when she was attacked by two unknown young men who attempted to pull her bag with personal belongings away from her.

She resisted and started calling for help. The suspects then let her go and fled in the direction of Front Street. The victim immediately informed the police of what had taken place and gave a complete description of the suspects.

The Police Bike patrols in the Philipsburg area were immediately given this information and started a search for the suspects.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In the continued effort to provide a safer environment for residents and visitors to the island, the Sint Maarten Police Force partnered with the recently formed Philipsburg Safety Committee to provide a series of robbery awareness training to the Indian Merchants of Front Street.

The training which is broken down into two sessions consisted of a theory and practical part administered by the Arrest Team arm of the Police Force who is certified in tactical training. Present at the first training was Minister of Justice; Rafael Boasman who lauded the Safety Committee for taking the initiative to partner with the police to create awareness which in some cases can be a preventative measure or in some cases is the difference between a life and death situation.

“Being here today is proof that people are committed to work with us to make the island safer,” he said to the group of over 50 merchants and their staff gathered at the Cultural Center. “It shows that you understand that the police cannot do it alone, it requires the involvement and effort of each of us and I am very happy to see that we are heading in the right direction.”

The Minister also commended the police team which was headed by Chief Commissioner of Police, Carl John who personally led the training session.

“I am extremely proud of my Police team, which is headed by Chief John continues to go above and beyond to find new, innovative and creative ways to conduct their daily policing tasks, while ensuring that a good relationship is maintained with members of the community.”

Chairman of the Safety Committee Eric Ellis used the opportunity to congratulate the IMA for coming on board to participate in such an important venture. “It would be remiss of me not to use this opportunity to applaud the Merchants for rising to this occasion and embracing this training being offered by the police,” he said. “It shows me that we all see the importance of ensuring a safer environment not only for us to conduct business but also for our clients and visitors whom we serve on a day to day basis, because the truth is; safety and security of our island is in everyone’s best interest and should be everybody’s business.”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) Curacao has decided to summon the president of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) for tax fraud.

The investigation against Mr. Emsley Tromp, called Saffier, was launched in early 2016 following ongoing media reports on potential financial malpractice committed by the suspect. In this research, a number of searches were conducted, including at the Central Bank and at his home. Witnesses have also been quistioned and documents were received from abroad. Of course, the suspect himself has also been quistioned.

The investigation led, among other things, to the suspicion that Mr Tromp did not deliberately pay all of the income he received related to his retirement pension, this during the period 2006 to 2014. The disadvantage for the country of Curaçao is estimated at about 5.5 million Antillian guilders.

The investigation into this suspicion has now been completed and the Public Prosecutor's Office has now taken a decision.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of Appeal sentenced three of the four suspects today in the "Masbangu-case"
The Masbangu-case is the investigation involving buying and selling of votes on behalf of the United People's (UP) party during the September 17, 2010 election.
The suspects, R.C.H.J., C.J.L.C. and A.R.W.M. were suspected by the Public Prosecutor's Office Sint Maarten of selling their votes and R.H. suspected of buying the votes (mediating in the sale).
The Court of First Instance declared on September 14th. all suspects free of all accusations.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating a robbery which took place at RBC-BANK in Philipsburg on Friday April 28th 2017 at approximately 03.30 p.m. This is when a still unidentified man walked up to a female teller of the bank and slipped her a note which stated that he was in the possession of an explosive device and that she hand over all of the cash. The teller complied with the demand of this unknown man and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect then left the bank without raising any suspicion of the robbery he had just committed. The teller immediately informed management what had taken place. The police was immediately notified and an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspects K.R.J.L. and K.H. were detained on Wednesday April 19, 2017 during a house search in the Sucker Garden Area led by the Prosecutor’s Office and in the presence of an investigative judge. Drugs, firearms and false money were confiscated during the search.

K.R.J.L. and K.H. are also being interrogated in the deadly shooting of March 14, 2017 at the Car Wash on Arch Road which led to the death of Adrian Thewet also known as Nino Brown.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Last week, Wednesday, April 19, a container filled with cigarettes was stolen from International Liquors and Tobacco (ILTT) at the Harbour in Pointe Blanche. The Police Force of Sint Maarten is hereby warning the public, all supermarket owners and other stakeholders to only buy cartons of cigarettes from officially known distributors.

Buying stolen goods is a criminal offence by law (Article 2:397 of the Penal Code) and can result in imprisonment of up to a maximum of six years or a very hefty fine. The police advise you not to buy stolen goods, you don’t want to commit a criminal offence or reward criminal behavior.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Tuesday April 25th at approximately 10.25 a.m. police patrols, traffic department, Ambulance Department, Detectives and Forensic Department were sent to the Sanitary Landfill (Public Dump) for a serious incident where a man was rolled over by a truck and was not showing any signs of life.

On the scene the investigating officers encountered the lifeless body of man with initials J.R. (58) who was a Dominican National.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday, April 23, around 4:30am, a total of three men were arrested in connection with a serious case of ill treatment against three security employees working at the Carnival Festival Village.

The arrested men with the initials J.J.H, J.P.H. and D.S.K.M. were questioned and remain in police custody for further investigation.

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