Philipsburg, April 2nd 2018

From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON


Town Hall Meeting a success

The residents of the St. Peters, South Reward, Ebenezer, St. Johns and Saunders area, were invited to a Town Hall Meeting which was held on Wednesday March 28th 2018 at 7 PM until 9 PM at the St. Maarten Academy PSVE campus in Ebenezer.

Community Police Officer Inspector Richards who is assigned to those communities was quite pleased with the turnout and he gave an extensive Power Point Presentation to those who attended to meeting. Safety tips, updates on the crime situation in the communities, testimonies of the crime situation to date and the establishment of the community WhatsApp group chat were among some of the key topics of the evening. The discussion on Crime Prevention through environmental design (CPTED) provided the community with tips on how to take precautions against becoming a victim, making sure the surroundings of your home is clear and visible at all times.

Towards to end of the meeting the floor was opened for the community to ask questions. They were given the opportunity to give feedback on how the crime in their area was combated based on the topics that were discussed in a prior town hall meeting held by CPO Richards. A resident of Weymouth Hill gave her account on how the WhatsApp group chat was a major success in not only combating the crime in the area but also bringing the community closer together.  Officer Richards ended the meeting on a positive note encouraging the community to “say something if they see something and Report, Report, Report.”

Man stabbed during fight

Detectives are investigating the stabbing of a man identified with initials L.A.S.M. which took place on Saturday March 31st shortly after midnight on the A. Th. Illidge road in the vicinity of China bar and restaurant. According to reports a fight had taken place between the victim and the suspect. During the fight the suspect used a sharp pointed object to stab the victim. After committing the act the suspect fled the scene of foot. The victim was transported by private vehicle to the Sint Maarten medical Center for treatment. At the Sint Maarten Medical Center the investigating officers learnt that the victim was stab several times however he was in stable condition. He was also admitted for observation and further treatment.

Armed robbery

The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Sunday April 1st at approximately 12.40 a.m. on Honey Dew road. According to the victim she had just arrived home and parked her car in front of her residence. As she open the gate to her yard she was suddenly attacked by an unknown assailant dressed in dark clothing and a hoody over his head. The suspect demanded money and at the same time pulled the gold necklace from the victims’ neck and took the keys belonging to her vehicle. The suspect struck the victim with the butt of the gun he was carrying causing her to fall to the ground. The suspect fled the scene on foot after committing the act.

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