Sint Maarten POLICE PRESS RELEASE 13012019-1


Philipsburg, January 13th 2019

From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON


                        POLICE PRESS RELEASE

Fight results in one person seriously injured

Detectives of KPSM a investigating a serious brawl which took place at the Pool Lounge located in Simpson Bay on early Saturday morning January 12th in which several men were involved. During this brawl one person according to report suffered several stab wounds. He was treated on the scene and then transported to the Sint Maarten medical Center for further treatment and where he remains for observation.

Several videos of this brawl have been posted on Social Media and it is very clear to see the extreme violence that was used. No suspects is this case have been arrested as yet and the detective department is asking members of the community who have seen the video and recognize anyone involved in the brawl to get in contact with the police department by calling 54-22222 ext 213/214 or call the emergency number 911.

Garbage collector crushed by vehicle

The Police Traffic Department is presently investigating an accident involving a garbage collector who was ran over by the garbage truck he worked on. The incident took place on Sunday January 13th at approximately 04.30 a.m. on the Wellington road in the vicinity of Peterson’s Plaza.

Police patrols who were first on the scene encountered the male victim identified with initials T.M. (59) a Haitian national lying on the street and was not showing any signs of life. The officers started to given the victim CPR until the arrival of the paramedics who took over the treatment. The victim however could not be revived and had died of the injuries he sustained.

According to a witness the victim lost his balance when he jumped off the back of the truck at the same time the driver was reversing the vehicle and he was accidentally ran over. Dr. Mercuur came to the scene and pronounced the death of the victim. The investigation into this case thus far does not indicate any foul play. (See pic attached)

Toddler dies in violent incident

Patrol officers, paramedics, Detectives and Forensic department on Sunday January 13th at approximately 10.20 a.m. were directed to Passion Fruit road in Retreat Estate to investigate a serious incident in which a toddler and several other persons were injured. On the scene the investigating officers learnt that the driver of a small white private vehicle had driven this vehicle into a group of young men that were at the entrance of a home. Included in this group was the toddler of approximately 3 years. As a result of the action by the driver of the small white vehicle the toddler died of the injuries he sustained and three other persons were taken to the Sint Maarten Medical center to be treated for injuries they sustained.  The scene had been closed off by the investigating officers for the Detectives to speak to potential witnesses and for the Forensic investigators to evidence.

It is still very unclear why this incident happened and there are many rumors going around in the community and on Social Media to the cause of the incident. This case at this time is being treated a criminal investigation.

Two suspects in this case have voluntarily turned them selves in to investigators at the Philipsburg Police Station where they remain in custody pending further investigation. More details to this case at this time are unavailable. As soon as these become available the media will be informed. (See pics attached)

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