Three persons arrested after Carnival Opening Jump Up | THE DAILY HERALD

One of the men who was arrested.

PHILIPSBURG–While the Carnival Opening Jump Up last Thursday night was incident-free, three persons were arrested following the Jump Up, the St. Maarten Police Force KPSM reported.

  According to the police, following the conclusion of the Jump-Up after 11:00pm, the police took swift action in response to incidents that occurred outside Jocelyn Arndell Festival Village (Carnival Village). Two men were arrested in connection with a physical altercation. Both suspects were detained overnight under the zero-tolerance protocol and subsequently questioned and fined.

  Additionally, later in the evening, officers apprehended a man found in possession of a firearm. Police said preliminary investigations revealed that gunshots were heard near a bar outside the Carnival Village. Officers who were in the area identified and arrested the individual seen with the firearm.

The confiscated weapon.


  Police commended the public for what they referred to as a successful and safe opening jump-up. Police said the event drew enthusiastic participation from residents and visitors and proceeded smoothly with no reported safety incidents during the parade.

  “The efforts of KPSM officers and VKS [St. Maarten Volunteer Corps – Ed.] combined with effective planning, contributed to the overall safe and secure parade,” police said in a press release.

  “The KPSM underscores its unwavering commitment to ensuring public safety and maintaining law and order during festive occasions. We reiterate that illegal possession of firearms will be met with swift and decisive action. Our officers remain vigilant and proactive in enforcing the law to safeguard our community. We urge the public to cooperate with law enforcement authorities and report any suspicious activities or individuals immediately. Together, we can uphold the peace and security of St. Maarten,” the police said.

Source: The Daily Herald