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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday, April 21, around 3am the police dispatch sent a patrol to Sonesta Maho where a taxi driver was ill treated by two men.

When the patrol arrived the taxi driver claimed that the men had assaulted her and that she wanted to press charges.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday, April 19 a container was stolen from International Liquor and Tobacco (ILTT) at the Harbor in Pointe Blanche.

The container was filled with cigarettes.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Last night, Thursday April 20th at 9:45 pm an armed robbery took place at The Foo Hoo Restaurant, located on the Front street.

The restaurant was robbed by a lone gunman, masked and with a fire arm.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the criminal investigation code named “Robalo ” the suspects E.L.A.H (37) and U.G.A. (55) were arrested on Wednesday April 19, 2017. A search led by the Judge of Instruction and a Prosecutor was also conducted at E.L.A.H.’s home. Important documents, digital data carriers and telephones were confiscated.

On August 10, 2016 a search had already taken place at U.G.A.’s home in connection with this same investigation.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Monday April 17th the “Opening Jump Up” for the 2017 Carnival Season was held. The parade left the Reward/Sint Peters area shortly after 08.00 p.m. destined for the Festival Village located on the Soualiga Boulevard. A large amount onlookers and revelers came out to attend this event.

Even though the police department continuously stressed on the entire community and particularly the youngster to conduct themselves in a lawful manner they unfortunately chose to do otherwise. Along the route of the Jump Up on numerous occasions police had to intervene and even arrest several persons that were involved in fights that had broken out. During one of the fights a man was ill-treated with a “brass-knuckle”. Two females had a disagreement which started in the vicinity of Chippie café and ended up in the Festival Village and one man was stabbed.

A total of four young men and two young women were arrested and taken to the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - One man was arrested as a suspect in an attempted break-in Cole Bay on Sunday April 16th at approximately 12.20 a.m.  A police patrol after receiving information of an ongoing break in at Money 4 Gold in Cole Bay immediately went on the scene to investigate what was going on. 

On the scene the patrol saw two unknown men at the rear of the building. The building was surrounded by the patrol and two off duty officers who came to assist, however one of the men took off running and jumped over a nearby fence and disappeared in the darkness.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating an incident of a shooting which took place on Friday April 14th at approximately 03.40 a.m. in Dominica Road. 

Patrols were sent to the scene where they spoke to the victim with initials D.S, who stated that he was awaken by several gun shots in the area.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Joint Court of Justice on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 rejected the request to lift or suspend the provisional arrest of F. Corallo.

The request to transfer him to the sick-bay of the Pointe Blanche prison was also rejected. This means that F. Corallo will remain in detention awaiting his extradition hearing. His lawyers submitted their request to lift or suspend the provision arrest on March 21. The hearing took place April 4.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspects R.M. and R.C.H.J. appeared on Wednesday April 12, 2017 in front of the judges of the Joint Court of Justice for the hearing hearing in the Masbangu-investigation involving buying and selling of votes on behalf of the United People's (UP) party during the September 17, 2010 election.

The Solicitor-General asked for a jail sentence of 3 months fully suspended with a probation period of 2 years and 150 hours of community service for R.M. and R.C.H.J.
The two other suspects A.R.W.M. and C.J.L.C appeared in front of the judges of the Joint Court of Justice on April 6, 2017. The Solicitor-General had also asked for a jail sentence of 3 months fully suspended with a probation period and 150 hours of community service for them.

The Court of First Instance of St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 acquitted the four suspects in the Masbangu investigation of all the charges of vote buying against them.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In light of the ongoing investigation code-named “MARS” a search took place on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in the Pointe Blanche Prison. A total of four prison cells were searched . The investigation was led by the Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with members of the St. Maarten Police Force (KPSM) and in the presence of an investigative Judge.

One of the cells searched was that of the suspect T.F. A cell phone and documents were confiscated. Also during the searches self-made weapons were found and handed over to the prison director.

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