PHILIPSBURG:--- An armed robbery took place moments ago at Scotia Bank Simpson Bay. Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson confirmed that an armed robbery took place at the Scotia Bank in Simpson Bay but said details are sketchy. Henson said the police are busy searching the area for the culprits and as soon as he has more information it will be made available. SMN News learned moments ago that police that is combing the area in Simpson Bay to capture the armed bandits recovered some monies on the beach in Simpson Bay while one of the robbers was shot. So far no confirmation from police as they are still busy with the manhunt.
Four Arrested in Scotia Bank Armed Robbery.
This morning Friday, June 9th at approximately 09.00 a.m. the 911 Emergency Dispatch received several calls of an armed robbery at Scotia Bank in Simpson Bay involving several men. The calls which came in also gave descriptions of the suspects and the type of vehicles they were driving in. Immediately several police patrols were sent to investigate what had taken place. At the bank, the investigating officers learned that the suspects gained access to the bank and while threatening everyone in the bank stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Off-duty police officers who were also following the messages from the dispatch center also got involved in the search for the vehicles and the suspects involved in the robbery.
Shortly after one of the suspect vehicles, a silver colored Hyundai Accent without any license plate, was spotted by police driving through Simpson Bay. A high-speed chase immediately followed at which time the suspects to abandon the vehicle and took off on foot. A foot chase followed on the Simpson Bay Beach at which time one of the suspects pulled high powered assault rifle from under his shirt and aimed it at the officer in pursuit. This left the officer no other choice that to fire directly at the suspect. The suspect dropped his weapon and continued to flee but had to stop because he had been shot. The suspect was immediately arrested. While fleeing from police the suspects also dropped a .45 caliber handgun. The rifle that the suspect had in his possession was identified as an AK-47. Both weapons were confiscated for further investigation. The suspect, in this case, was treated at the scene by paramedics and then transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment.
The search for the other suspects turned into a massive operation in the Simpson Bay and Cole Bay areas consisting of police patrols, Customs Department, Coast Guard and the Gendarmes on the French. Due to the great working cooperation between these departments within less than a half an hour three other suspects were arrested in this case. During these arrests, a bag containing a large amount of cash that was stolen from the bank was found and confiscated for further investigation.
The police chief Carl John is very proud and commends his police officers for a job well done and demonstrating their level of professionalism. The police chief also thanks, all other organizations that were involved in the operation for their tremendous input and is looking forward to taking the working cooperation to the highest level. The investigation continues.
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