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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Since Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017, several house searches have been taking place in connection with the ongoing investigation code-named Emerald.

SUCKER GARDEN, St. Maarten – On Tuesday, March 14, right after 10:30pm two men were ambushed and shot at a carwash on Arch Road.

One of the men was identified as “Nino Thewet aka (Nino Brown),” the owner of the carwash.

After verifying the details, a close family member, who confirmed to us that the owner of the car wash Nino Thewet, had been shot multiples times and was fighting for his life at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC).

However, shortly after 12:00am Wednesday March 15 Midnight, it was confirmed by a family member that he had succumbed to his injuries and died. His death is now considered the fourth murder for this year.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating a shooting of two men at a “truck wash” located on the Arch road in Sucker Garden. The Emergency Dispatch received the first call at approximately 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday March 14th informing them that two unknown masked gunmen entered the building on the premises where the truck wash is located.

Two men who were in the building at the time were shot by these two gun men. Immediately several police patrols and paramedics were sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place.

On the scene the investigating officers learnt that indeed a shooting had taken place and that two persons were shot. After committing this act both suspects fled the scene. Both victims were treated on the scene and then transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further medical treatment.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maartn - On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the court hearing in the Papegaai investigation took place in front of the judge of the Court of First Instance. In the Papegaai investigation D.J.E., C.J.P., J.P.R., A.T.M.R. and Casa Blanca NV are being suspected of human trafficking, illegal restraint at the Casa Blanca brothel, illegal firearm possession  which have taken place between 2010 and 2015 and tax evasion (turnover tax and profit tax) totaling NAf. 430,000.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court has remanded the suspects H.H.M. and H.F.M. in the ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting at Hope-estate  code-named Broccoli as well as the suspects K.K.K.S and the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the two men S.L. Sarante-Diaz and E. Rosario code-named MARS, to 60 more days in custody.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday March 12th at approximately 06.25 p.m. a call came into the 911 dispatch informing them of an ongoing armed robbery at “Carrefour Supermarket” on Union road in Cole Bay.

Two masked gunmen dressed in dark clothing had stormed into the building and forcefully taken the security guard on duty to one of the restrooms. Immediately several police patrols that were in the area of Cole Bay were sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place.

When the officers entered the building they were confronted by one of the suspects coming out of the restroom with a gun in his hand. The officers summoned the suspect to drop his weapon, but he did not comply immediately at which time one of the officers fired a warning shot.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Last seen at SMMC Hospital, she is wearing a long grey strapless dress to her ankle with black slippers... Slightly Autistic... Can't see good at night / in the dark... If seen please call the police station 911 /5422222

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday morning March 9, 2017 the suspect D.M.M. (33) born in Aruba had been detained in the Ostrich-investigation. She is suspected of bribery and human smuggling and is the fifth employee of the immigration service to be arrested in this investigation.

The Judge of Instruction on Friday, March 10, 2017 deemed the arrest and detention of the suspect lawful. Her detention has prolonged with eight more days.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Based on information in regard to two separate ongoing investigations, two separate house searches was done by the police Arrest Team at Fort Willem on Thursday March 9th 2017 at 05.00 a.m. As the Police Arrest team was about to gain entrance into the first house a shot was fired at the officers from the inside of the house. No-one was injured and no gunfire was returned by police.

Nevertheless the Arrest Team gained access into the house and arrested one suspect with initials C.C.P. A search of that house followed at which time a firearm, ammunition and illegal drugs were found and confiscated for further investigation.

There were no incidents at the second house search, however one suspect with initials J.D.O.C. (19) was arrested and taken into custody for further investigation.

The Police Department today, because of their well trained and professional officers were able to resolve a very dangerous situation without any loss of life after shots were fired at officers carrying out an operation.

COLE BAY, St. Maarten - Two unknown armed men, who arrived on a scooter at DIVICO in Cole Bay on Wednesday March 8th at approximately 04.05 p.m., stormed into the establishment and robbed both cashiers of an undisclosed amount of cash. After committing this act both suspects jumped back on the scooter and fled the scene heading into the direction of the “Cause Way” round about.

Police patrols and detectives form the Special Unit Robbery were dispatched to the scene to investigate what had taken place.

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