Philipsburg, January 12th 2019
From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
Traffic accident/ one fatality
The Police traffic Department is presently investigating a traffic accident with one fatality. This accident happened on Saturday January 12th at approximately 01.35 a.m. on the A.J.C. Brouwers road in the vicinity of the Osbourne Kruythoff round about. On the scene of the accident the investigating officers realized that three private vehicles with license plates P-3237, 9311-AAB and P-8883 were involved.
As a result of the impact the driver of the 9311-ABB died of the injuries he sustained. The female passenger did show signs of life and was immediately transported by ambulance to the Sint Maarten Medical Center after being freed from the mangled vehicle by personnel from the fire department. The death of the driver was pronounced by Doctor Mercuur who came to the scene. Neither of the victims was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the impact. The drivers of the P-3237 and the P-8883 did not suffer any injuries, however the driver of the P-3237 seem to have been under the influence of alcohol. The suspect identified with initials K.N. (18) was arrested on the spot and taken to the Police Head Quarters where he remains in custody for further investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing to determine exactly what the cause of this accident was. (See pics attached)
Man caught in the act for breaking in
The Detective Department is presently investigating a case of breaking and entering at the Family Book Store and an attempt at the UTS building in Philipsburg. The arrest of the suspect took place after a security guard on duty in that area saw the suspect as he committed these two acts. After the security guard had seen what had taken place he immediately went to the police station in Philipsburg and informed them what he had seen including a description of the suspect. Immediately a police patrol went into Philipsburg to search for the suspect. Short after in the vicinity of the Roman Catholic Church on Front Street, the patrol saw a man fitting the description of the suspect. The suspect was also sweating quite heavily. During a search of the suspect identified with initials J.E. (23) a sum of money and other evidence were found on the suspect. He was arrested immediately on the spot and taken to the Police Station where he remains in custody for further investigation. The items found on the suspect were also confiscated for further investigation.
KPSM investigates Scammers
Towards the end of 2018 and early 2019, the police department (KPSM) has received a number of reports of on-line scamming. The main victims are those persons or businesses who have ordered goods online and transferred money through local banks to international banks. The moment the money is transferred and the scammers have received the money, the victims no longer receive any response from the scammers. The scammers have designed fictitious companies and fake websites to look “legitimate”.
In addition, the victims can be approached by scammers via fake e-mails. There have also been cases where the scammers approach the victims via Face book. On Face-book the victims are referred to fake web-shops. These fake-mails are oftentimes extremely convincing. Through a fake e-mail, internet criminals try to retrieve or access your personal details. Usually you have to click on a link. The e-mails look exactly like they really are from a legitimate company.
KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force) is hereby informing the general public of this unfortunate situation and that they should be very vigilant and cautious when going on-line to make any type of electronic financial transfers or purchases, and or the sharing of personal information.
This situation is being monitored and investigated by the KPSM Fraud-department.
Anyone who has information in regard to this case should immediately get in contact with the police department by calling 54-22222 ext. 217 or the emergency number 911.