PHILIPSBURG:— The Police Department is informing the general public that after a very in-depth investigation into the bomb threat which took place on Saturday, May 27th, 2017, that a male suspect, in this case, has been arrested. The suspect in question with initials K.J.C. (27) was arrested on Thursday, June 1st without incident and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody for further investigation.
The police management team is congratulating the investigating team for a swift and in-depth investigation that leads to the quick identification and arrest of this suspect. It is because of their dedication and professionalism this has been solved. The investigation continues.
On Saturday, May 27th at approximately 02.00 p.m. the Central Dispatch received a phone call informing them of a bomb being on a board of one of the “Jet Blue” aircraft on the Princess Juliana International Airport. Immediately after receiving this call all emergency services such as Airport Security, Fire Department and other relevant authorities were informed of the ongoing situation. A complete shutdown of traffic going to and from the airport area and the diversion of aircraft coming into Sint Maarten to other neighboring islands immediately went into effect. The airport building was completely evacuated. A “Jet Blue” aircraft on the ground at the time was removed from the main building and taken to secure area where all passengers disembarked and were taken to a secure area for security processing.
The aircraft in question was completely searched by a highly trained search team who gave the “all clear” sign after no explosive device was located. All employees of the airport were allowed back into the building, air traffic into island was again allowed and traffic to and from the airport area was again open. The police management team is congratulating the investigating team for a swift and in-depth investigation that lead to the quick identification and arrest of this suspect. It is because of their dedication and professionalism this has been solved. The investigation continues.
It should be noted that several flights had to be diverted to Puerto Rico and Air France to Guadeloupe leaving a number of passengers in a terrible situation. At least one passenger from St. Eustatius could not board her flight due to the road block and the airline did not provide any accommodation for the passenger who had to stay over on St. Maarten at her own expense. Passengers that traveled on Seaborne Airline had to find their way back to St. Maarten since the airline chose not to bring the passengers back to St. Maarten but to drop them off in Anguilla. It is clear that the perpetrators that are making these false alarms and have caused the country unnecessary negative attention and putting passengers in very uncomfortable situations.
Source: St. Martin News Network
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