Female passenger released — two of the suspects are minors.
PHILIPSBURG:— Police arrested three male suspects in the Simpson Bay area Wednesday night confirmed Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson. SMN News contacted the police spokesman for confirmation after the Gendarmes issued a press release on the arrest of the suspects they believed committed at least two robberies on the French side on Tuesday and Wednesday. Henson said four persons, three males and one female were in a vehicle at the time of the arrests and they are suspected of committing armed robberies both on the French and Dutch sides of the island. The police spokesman said that the suspects were taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where they were interrogated and later police released the female passenger since there is no evidence at the time that showed she was involved in the armed robberies. Henson further explained that the vehicle has been confiscated for as the investigation continues. He said he does not have any details as to who the suspects are neither their ages but promised to release more information on Friday.
SMN News tried to reach Chief Prosecutor Ton Maan on Thursday for comments regarding the international cooperation that led to the arrests of the suspected culprits but the country’s Chief Prosecutor could not be reached while the press prosecutor Karola van Nie was unavailable on Thursday afternoon.
In an invited comment Prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp said the suspects were arrested on the request of the French Prosecutor since the same suspects committed at least two robberies on the French side. Van der Wulp said the suspects were apprehended on Wednesday night and while they were being interrogated it turned out that the suspects are also suspected of committing at least three armed robberies on the Dutch side of the island. She said when that information became available she conveyed the information to the French Prosecutors and it was decided that the suspects will stand trial on the Dutch side of the island for the crimes they committed on the Dutch and French side of the island, while the identity of the suspects were not readily available Van der Wulp said that two of the three suspects in custody are minors.
Four suspects arrested in armed robbery investigations.
On Wednesday at approximately 07.20 P.M. four persons were arrested by police in the Simpson bay area suspected of being involved in several armed robberies which recently occurred on the French and the Dutch side of the island. The arrests took place based on information that came in from the French gendarmes after a robbery on the French side on Wednesday evening. These suspects are three men and one woman. They were taken to the Philipsburg Police Station and put into custody for further investigation. The follow-up investigation done by detectives indicated that the suspects in question are most probably responsible for at least four recent armed on the Dutch side. The female suspect was released on Thursday January 14th. Two of the suspects are 17 years of age and one is 18 years old. There was also an outstanding arrest warrant for one of these suspects. All three suspects remain in custody for further investigation. The vehicle the suspects were driving at the time of the arrest has been confiscated for further investigation.
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Source: St. Martin News Network Three arrested for armed robberies committed on both sides of the island – car confiscated as investigation continues.