PHILIPSBURG–Long-time Jump Up Casino security guard Ian Black died in the Dominican Republic on Thursday morning after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds during an attempted robbery at Jump-Up Casino on Wednesday, June 6.
Black and a co-worker were wounded during an attempted robbery at Jump-Up Casino in Philipsburg at 12:15am June 6. Both were shot during a crossfire between the three robbers and an off-duty police officer which resulted in the death of one of the robbers. Black and another worker were wounded and transported to St. Maarten Medical Center for further treatment.
Black had sustained massive injuries during the shooting and had to be transported to the Dominican Republic for extensive operations there. After a number of surgeries, he passed away on July 19. Police confirmed the death on Friday and wished family strength during these hard times.
Black was one of the original employees prior to the casino’s opening and has worked for the company for 15 years. Staff and customers who knew him were saddened by the news and some requested to leave the job to mourn the loss of the security guard who was known to be stern but kind, according to one employee.
The woman who was also wounded during the robbery on June 6 is recovering from her gunshot wounds. Police meanwhile are still on the lookout for the bandits who committed the criminal act.
Police detectives managed to identify the dead robber, Daniel Cherry, who resided in Sandy Ground on the French side of the island.
Jump-Up Casino management is still offering US $2,000 for any person with information that may lead to the arrest of the other two persons responsible for attempting to rob the casino.
Police again remind the public that anyone who has any information in connection with this investigation should immediately get in contact with the police, or call 542-2222 ext. 213/214 or the emergency number 911.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/78826-jump-up-casino-robbery-victim-dies-overseas