$10,000 Reward for info that leads to arrest of fugitive – Injured cop flown to Dominican Republic

POSTED: 08/12/15 4:17 PM


St. Maarten -Officer Gamali Benjamin was flown to the Dominican Republic yesterday afternoon for further treatment. According to police spokesman Ricardo Henson, the officer is stable. However, information from other sources indicate that Benjamin’s condition is extremely critical. The Ministry of Justice has put up a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the second suspect involved in Wednesday’s robbery.

Yesterday morning, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and management of the police force received information from the doctors at the Medical Center involving the treatment of shooting victim Officer Gamali Benjamin. He went through the night fairly well and his situation stabilized somewhat.

The doctors evaluated his condition and determined that he should be flown to the Dominican Republic for further treatment. A multi-disciplinary investigation team consisting of members from the Landsrecherche (National Detective Agency), RST (Detective Collaboration Team) and the police is spearheading the investigation. The National Detective agency is routinely involved in investigations whereby police have fired shots in the direction of a suspect. Moreover, law enforcement agencies are more than willing to assist in the investigation, whereas the police can use every extra capacity there is, said Henson.

The suspect in this case, who was shot by police, was identified as a 23-year-old man with the initials R.D. He has been operated on and is recovering from two gunshot wounds, one in his stomach and one in his left leg. His medical condition is not life threatening, according to the police. He remains under surveillance at the Medical Center.

On Wednesday evening a search of the residence of the suspect located in the Sucker Garden area was done. During this search many items which are valuable to this investigation were found and confiscated. The investigating team is in search of a second suspect who has fled the scene on foot. This fugitive is considered to be a man between the age of 17 and 20 years old with dark complexion. He is also believed to have a slim posture, wearing dark sneakers, short white socks, a brown t-shirt and shorts, his hair is short but with one braid with transparent white beads which the suspect wears on the left side of his head. There is a possibility that this suspect could be slightly injured. Witnesses stated that one of the suspects was seen limping while fleeing directly after the robbery.

There is a $10,000 reward for the person who gives the police enough evidence to capture the second suspect. The Public Prosecutor’s Office and the police are requesting the public to assist in this investigation by sharing any information they have, which could shed more light on this case. Anyone who witnessed this incident, and especially anyone or any business who has taken pictures or video images of the incident or has images or information of the possible second suspect fleeing the scene, are requested to get in contact with the detective department via telephone number 586 80 52.

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