Philipsburg:--- Police made several arrests earlier this week. On Monday April 18th, between 08:00pm and 10:00pm police and detectives were busy investigating two separate armed robberies which took place in the Cole Bay area. All patrols on the streets were notified by the Central Police Dispatch of what had taken place.
Shortly after a police patrols reached the Cole Bay area they reported to have spotted two possible suspects of a robbery which had taken place in a Chinese restaurant earlier in the evening and the suspects were riding scooters. The suspects were also trying to flee from the patrol. While the detectives were busy with their investigation at SOL gas station, they saw the suspects driving onto the premises. One suspect managed to escape and the other was stopped and arrested by police. During a search of this suspect a revolver BURGO caliber .22 including bullets were found. This weapon and ammunition were confiscated for further investigation. The suspect with initials L.F.L.B. from the French side also remains in custody for questioning
In the meantime, police arrested another person on Monday, a known suspect they were looking for in connection with several break-ins. The suspect has been identified as E.K from St. Maarten. He also fit the description of a suspect who was involved in an armed robbery that same day at the SOL gas station on Union Road. Henson said E.K was spotted on Long Wall Road in the vicinity of Vlaun and Sons and when he spotted the police patrol he took off running in the direction of Windsor Road. The police chased the suspect through the neighbourhood and he managed to elude police for short period as he hid among the houses in the area but was eventually captured when the K9 unit began searching.
In an unrelated case, police arrested a man for having an illegal firearm on Tuesday. Henson said a police patrol was directed to Sucker Garden in the vicinity of FeFe Bar to investigate a case, involving two men driving in a white Kia Jeep with license plate 7079 AAA, who were in possession of a fire arm. The suspects in this case were spotted shortly before in the vicinity of Le Petit Chateau.
The patrol encountered the jeep and the suspects in question in the vicinity of Carolina Bar. The suspects were questioned and searched. However, no gun was found on them. The vehicle could not be searched on the scene because according to the statement of the suspects, a third person left with the keys. The jeep was taken by tow-truck to the police department for further investigation. One suspect with the initial A.S. could not properly identify himself and was taken to the police station where he would remain until his identity was verified.
The second suspect with initials B.H. was allowed to leave. During a search of the vehicle that took place later, a handgun (pistol) was found under the passengers' seat. This fire-arm was confiscated for further investigation. B.H. was detained on Wednesday April 20th. Both suspects were later questioned by detectives and remain at the police station for further investigation.