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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Detective Department of the KPSM is still busy with “Mars” investigation which is regarding two men namely Luis David Sarante-Diaz also known as “Blanco” and Erwin Rosario Contreras also known as “Eggy” who went missing on Monday December 5th 2016, after they entered a hotel room at the Simpson bay Resort and Marina.

On Wednesday July 12th 2017, a press release was issued by the police department in the local newspapers and on Social Media, in search for a green old model Dodge Caravan. This vehicle was last seen on the premises of the Simpson bay Resort and Marina on the same date the two men went missing and was most probably used in the disappearance of both men.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Curaçao extradited today, July 12th 2017,  two suspects to the United States, namely M.L.D. (May 8, 1966, Dominican Republic) and K.M.H. (January 22, 1959, Lebanon). They were transferred to the US Marshalls of the United States by officials of the Organized Crime Division (DGC) at Hato Airport in Curaçao.

L.D. was arrested on July 24, 2015 and H. on March 24, 2016, pending extradition to the United States.

M.L.D. left Curaçao today on a flight by American Airlines under the guidance of the Marshalls to Miami. K.M.H. left Curaçao on a flight specially flown in to take him to New York, JFK.

The Joint Court of Justice had positively advised on 3 November 2015, on the extradition request from the United States for M.L.D.  The suspect L.D. went into cassation against this positive advice. The Supreme Court rejected however his appeal by judgment of 21 March 2017.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday July 12th at approximately 06.00 p.m. the Emergency Central Dispatch received the first of several phone calls reporting an incident which took place on the Beacon Hill road in the vicinity of the airport runway of the Princess Juliana International Airport.

From the reports the Central Dispatch learnt that several persons were holding on to the airport fence during the take off of a large jet aircraft. During the take off this aircraft a 57 year old female tourist from New Zealand was blown away by the jet blast and was seriously injured.

Immediately several police patrols and paramedics were directed to the scene to investigate what had taken place. On the scene paramedics encountered a female victim who was not responding very well and she was immediately taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Detective Department is still busy with the ongoing “Mars” investigation involving two men namely, Luis David Sarante-Diaz also known as “Blanco” and Erwin Rosario Contreras also known as “Eggy”. Both men went missing on Monday December 5th 2016, after they entered a hotel room at the Simpson Bay Resort & Marina and were never heard from since that day. The investigating team is asking the general public for information concerning a green Dodge Caravan, old model with a broken window on the driver’s side.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an attempted armed robbery which took place on Monday July 10th at approximately 01.20 a.m. at the home of the victim with initials M.H.K. located on Dollison Drive in Cul- de-Sac. According to the report two unknown armed men forced their way into the house of the victim while he was asleep.

The suspects then demanded drugs from the victim but he could not comply with their demands.

COLE BAY, St. Maarten -  On July 7th 2017, at approximately 2.00 am, a call came in to the police central dispatch about an armed robbery taking place at the Princess Casino located in Cole Bay.

Patrols were immediately dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival it was learned that 4 masked men dressed in dark clothing, three of which were armed with hand guns stormed the establishment.

Of the three robbers, two remained at the entrance as lookouts while the third headed inside to the cashier.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Sint Maarten police force is currently reporting a drastic spike in the number of vehicular thefts on the island.

With more than seventy (70) vehicles reported stolen since the beginning of the year, it is a definite cause for concern. With vehicles ranging from scooters, to cross bikes to cars to pickup trucks, it is obvious that almost any vehicle type can be stolen.

For the month of June there were a total of 32 vehicles stolen. The Sint Maarten police force is urging the general public to be extra vigilant with regards to your vehicles.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday morning at around 04.35 am, a police patrol was dispatched to the Sucker Garden road in the vicinity of Joe Joe construction, where it was reported that a car had flipped over.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The detective department of the Sint Maarten police force is currently investigating a stabbing incident that took place at a bar on the L.B. Scott road during the weekend. What started out as a fight between four women, quickly got out of hand and resulted in two of them being injured.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A man with the initials F.R.S from Aruba is currently in police custody after he was arrested for breaking and entering in the home of a police officer.

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