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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Monday at approximately 07.30 p.m. an urgent call came in to the Emergency Dispatch from the ADT security company informing them of a home invasion that was in progress at a home in the Beacon Hill area and that the suspects had fled the scene on foot.

Immediately a police patrols was sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place. While controlling the area, the patrols saw two men who fit the description of the suspects who had committed the home invasion shortly before. These men were also in the possession of a back pack. These men were immediately checked and asked to identify themselves.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the ongoing murder investigation of A.R. Thewett also know as “Nino Brown” which took place on March 14th at his carwash located on the Arch road, the police department is again requesting cooperation from the community to help solve this case. This investigation is called “Tomato”. “Nino” and another man were gunned down on that evening by an unknown person (s). “Nino” did not survive the shooting while the other man remained seriously injured.

After the shooting the suspect (s) were seen running away from the scene in the direction of “Tranquillo Bar” and disappeared behind the bar. There were several persons visiting the bar at the time of the shooting and they have seen this person (s) running away.

The Police Department is hereby appealing to the general public who may have seen or heard something connected to this investigation and in particular to the customers who were outside of “Tranquillo Bar” at the time suspect (s) were fleeing from the scene, to share this information with the investigating Detectives.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The criminal proceedings in the appeal case against former Member of Parliament R.L. has been postponed June 8, 2017. Meanwhile the investigation has been referred back to the investigative judge to hear former minister of justice Roland Duncan as a witness.
Former Member of Parliament, R.L. was convicted by the Court in First Instance on Wednesday August 24, 2016 to 1 month in jail fully suspended. R.L was acquitted of two charges of threat against him in Zeepaard and Sardine investigations.
The National Detectives Agency investigators arrested R.L. on Thursday March 26, 2015 at his home. During a house search two firearms and bullets were found and confiscated. After several hours of questioning R.L. was released.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - C.A.B. and M.J.B.-M. appeared on the Joint Court of Justice on Thursday 6 April, 2017 for the preliminary hearing in the appeal case against them.
C.A.B. and M.J.B.-M's lawyer requested to hear 6 additional witnesses. The Solicitor-General opposed to this request. The Joint Court of Justice decided that 3 of the 6 witnesses will be heard: Gijsbertha, Havertong and Tjong-Ajong.

The investigation was referred back to the investigative judge for these witnesses to be heard. The criminal proceedings have been postponed for an indefinite period of time.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspects A.R.W.M. and C.J.L.C appeared in front of the judges of the Joint Court of Justice for the 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 and 150 hours of community service for the two suspects.
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. The Prosecutor’s Office had asked for A.R.W.M. a jail sentence of 3 months fully suspended, 150 hours of community service and deprivation of the right to vote and for C.J.L.C. A jail sentence of 3 months fully suspended with a probation period of 2 years, deprivation of the right to vote and 180 hours of community service.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The fourteen years old girl by the name of Keianna Y. Encarnacion that was reported missing since Monday April 3rd has returned home.

She is safe, in good health and in custody of her mother.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday April 5 th the mother of a teenage girl filed a “missing person” report with the

Police Juvenile Department. She stated that her daughter by the name of Keianna Yarielis

ENCARNACION, 14 years of age, after a heated argument with her mother on Monday April 3 rd

2017, left their home and until now, has not returned home.

BEACON HILL, St. Maarten - Early this morning, April the 5th, the Central Dispatch Center received a call of an incident that took place at the Alegria Hotel, located in Beacon Hill, and immediately send a patrol to the location to investigate what had been taken place.

The patrol learnt that an altercation took place between a couple that is staying in one of the rooms at the Alegria Hotel. During this altercation both parties were seriously injured, possibly by the use of a sharp object. Both victims were threatened on the scene for their injuries, nevertheless both of them died as a result there off. The identity of these persons has not yet been established.

The police department is presently investigation the case. The crime scene has been closed off, several detectives and the forensic department are at the scene to collect evidence and speak with possible witnesses.

ORIENT BAY, Saint Martin – On Sunday April 2, reports came in around 1:00 am a serious accident had occurred in the vicinity of Rancho de Sol and entrance of former Boo Boo jam in Orient bay.

Two persons travelling on a motorbike lost control and ended up under a pick-up. The reason is yet unknown.

At the moment the news came in, it was unclear how badly the two accident victims were injured. Eyewitnesses report that they looked on as paramedics tried to revive one of the victims.

One of the victims was identified by an immediate family as Akeem Peters (27).
On social media, the second victim has been identified (unconfirm) as Kimo Codrington from commonwealth of Dominica aka “Nico”. Our newsroom has not been able to get a confirmation from any family members of the second victim.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - During the police management team meeting on Thursday March 30th, the case regarding the shooting at a police patrol by two men on a scooter which took place on Wednesday March 29th was one of the main points of discussion.

Shooting at police officers has not only become more frequent, it has also become extremely radical, with no regard for the lives of others. Luckily no one was injured during this last incident. The police management has become quite concerned for the safety of all officers and has been providing additional training for the officers on how to better deal with these types of situations.

However the management team, is making it abundantly clear to the community that this criminal act by individuals is totally unacceptable and will definitely cause the officers who are there to maintain law and order, to react likewise to protect themselves and others. The police will not be intimidated, back down, and will not stop and will continue to weed out those criminal elements hiding in our community.

The management team is also extending sincere gratitude to the Gendarmes on the French Side who reacted immediately to assist the police, to locate the suspects who had fled to French Quarter on a scooter. As a result of their swift actions they were successful in arresting one of the suspects and confiscating the scooter. This is the great working cooperation the Gendarmes and Police Department have been working on for quite some time by using articles from the “Treaty of Concordia”. Together both departments we will continue to work to bring this cooperation to the highest level.

In addition the Police department is encouraging the community to continue calling in when they witness a crime or have knowledge of any criminal activity going on. Let us come together as partners in the fight against crime. “If you do this today, it just might prevent yourself from becoming a victim tomorrow.”

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